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9800pro Flashed to XT one week Great, Now Dead!

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September 22, 2004 11:56:41 AM

Hi All,

Well its been a few years since I popped into this great community. Wonder if any of the old faces are still around?

Anyway I recently obtained a Sapphire 9800Pro that had a R360 core and so I decided to flash the BIOS to XT. Anyway I bought lovely copper Ram Sinks and a Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer Rev. 3. everything was running fine and dandy and I had set ATI Tool to underclock the card slightly just to make sure it wasn't too overworked. I did test the card to well over spec with the cooling.

Anyway after a week the card has died on me. It will not give me any picture. I don't know what to do. Will I be able to get away with RMA'ing it? I have restored it to its normal appearance and there are no obvious signs of what I have done. Also the card seems so dead I not expect that they will ever be able to detect the flashed BIOS.

Also anyone got any suggestions of what may have happened? I checked the appearance of the card and there are no obvious signs of damage.


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September 22, 2004 1:46:52 PM

Unfortunately, your biggest problem with RMAing it will probably be the ramsinks, and cooler.

If you glued those ramsinks on, you're probably in for some work...

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September 22, 2004 2:10:53 PM

thas was smatt

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September 22, 2004 4:41:34 PM

The one way they *MIGHT* be able to tell is if they don't plug the molex in and it says: Please plug your 9800XT's molex in (only certain BIOSes say XT, however, most just say '9800 product'). If the display is COMPLETELY shot on both connectors, you should be fine (that and it has nothing to do with the flash, anyway).

As long as it looks 100% normal, they should approve your RMA. The RAMsinks might have been a problem, but thermal tape is REALLY easy to remove and thermal epoxy just takes a good freeze and some careful hands (and time). As for what happened, I couldn't even guess...I'm still figuring out why my godly ASUS 9800PRO's PCB started smoking and sparking. Anyway, good luck with your RMA, you shouldn't have too much of a problem.

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September 23, 2004 6:13:31 AM

The 9800Pro to XT mod is one of the most stupid out there.

That's right, [-peep-] you Willamette, and your massive "glued on" heatsink your sporting.....and thanx for 'inspiring' people to flash the bios of a perfectly fast and capable card(9800Pro)

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September 23, 2004 5:48:49 PM

Yeah that's a stupid thing to do with a brand-new card, poor thing never even saw its 1st birthday. How would you like it if someone did that to you??? Smooth move ex-lax, you're a real piece of work.

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September 23, 2004 5:55:53 PM

send it back saying it was Burnt on Arrival = BOA :lol: 

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September 23, 2004 7:04:38 PM

I would love to know what settings you settled at. Also, did you run any 3D benchmarks to watch for artifacts? I still do not trust ATITool.

And GW, I will heed your advice as usual and stop thinking about flashing to a XT bios. I am actually content with 423/369 with my BBA 9800 Pro... but I dropped down to 414/369 because Doom3 gave me more artifacts... I will probably never feel the need to push it harder... well, feeling the need or desire and doing it are two different things entirely...

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September 23, 2004 10:51:01 PM

Id say your SOL since they will inspect the hell out of that card for any signs of tweaking or OCing. Flashing the BIOS and mounting RamSinks kinda sealed the deal there.

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September 24, 2004 9:34:13 AM

And GW, I will heed your advice as usual and stop thinking about flashing to a XT bios. I am actually content with 423/369 with my BBA 9800 Pro


No need to fukc it up bro...seriously. Most people would love to have a card as good as yours :lol: 

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September 24, 2004 10:59:09 PM

I RMAed my 9800 pro almost 3 weeks ago and I still haven't gotten it back. Plus ATI keeps telling me they cant find my card, when I have a UPS tracking number which shows they signed for it. Im getting sick of running integrated intel extreme crap.

Maybe they'll have to send me a newer card =)

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