Alienware vendor ATI 5870 gpu in Clevo W860CU

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  1. neol

    neol Notebook Consultant

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    ahh.. that seems too excessive for my limited hardware tinkering skills, when i read "programmer" i thought along the lines of writing an extra line of code for the ATIFlash that would flash the vBIOS into the card without checking for the card availability in the slot....
    is there anything else that can be tried (beside the hardware mods) before thinking about trying to sell the card and buying another one ?
     
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    t456 1977-09-05, 12:56:00 UTC Moderator

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    Try 'flashrom', it's included in the earlier link (also a DOS tool). Run 'flashrom.exe' and it'll check for any eeprom it can find. If we can find the vbios eeprom then there's still a small chance to soft-flash it. The tool is pretty powerful, but it'll also happily overwrite data it shouldn't be overwriting, so some care is advised.
     
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    running flashrom with verbose gave this result:
    Code:
    flashrom v0.9.8-r1896 on FreeDOS 7 (i686)
    flashrom is free software, get the source code at http://www.flashrom.org
    
    flashrom was built with libpci 3.1.5, GCC 4.9.2, little endian
    Command line (1 args): c:/flashrom.exe -VVV
    internal, dummy, nic3com, nicrealtek, gfxnvidia, drkaiser, satasii, atavia,
    it8212, rayer_spi, nicintel, nicintel_spi, nicintel_eeprom, ogp_spi, satamv.
    
    i have absolutely no idea what that means :(:(:(
    EDIT: upon checking flashrom docs i found this:
    Gfxnvidia
    Some Nvidia graphic cards can be used as flash programmers for parallel flash devices using flashrom.
    Usage
    $ flashrom -p gfxnvidia
    does that mean we have hope ? (my original card was nvidia gtx470m)
     
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    t456 1977-09-05, 12:56:00 UTC Moderator

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    Yes, but we need to know the specific chip in advance. Check the card to find out:

    [​IMG]
     
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    thanks for the reply t456, the writings are extremely small, had to photograph it then zoom in on the photo. i think i found eeprom however im not very confident in my observation skills so i like to would post the photo just to verify my readings:
    Pm25LV010
    AE1047
    M25035LG
    [​IMG]
     

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    t456 1977-09-05, 12:56:00 UTC Moderator

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    Yes, that's the one. Very much run-of-the-mill for MXM gpus, also fully supported by flashrom.

    Try 'flashrom -r backup.rom -c Pm25LV010'. If it works then it's safe to use '-w' instead.
     
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    i kept trying but no backup.rom appeared i tried adding -vvv>file.txt at the end however it produced this:
    Code:
    flashrom v0.9.8-r1896 on FreeDOS 7 (i686)
    flashrom is free software, get the source code at http://www.flashrom.org
    
    Please run "flashrom --help" for usage info.
    
    its appears as if no commands were made however funny enough the file was created by the -vvv argument of the same command...

    EDIT: found this online, not sure if it makes any difference but maybe it would help:
     
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    t456 1977-09-05, 12:56:00 UTC Moderator

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    Ah, right, sorry. Flashrom needs one extra file to work fully and the earlier link didn't include it. Drop these to the root of the stick and try again:
    flashrom files.7z
     
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    apologies but it seems that the issue still remains with the same output as above, tried different things in the last two hours or so but unfortunately i was unsuccessful, not sure why its not working...

    EDIT: i repeated the same process on my nvidia card, i found it had this chip model SST25VF010A, since the screen works with the nvidia card i tried to test the commands and see what happens. and it gave this as reply:
    "more than one operation specified aborting"
    then i tried to divide the arguments to segments since i can now see, however everytime i type the command:
    "flashrom -c SST25VF010(A) -r backup.rom"
    its says:
    "Please select a programmer with the --programmer parameter."
    i tried all the available programmers and most of them (inc. gfxnvidia) would produce this:
    "Error: No supported PCI device found
    Error: Programmer initialization failed"
    not sure what to do now.
     
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    Last resort; try running pcie.exe before trying flashrom or atiflash. It shouldn't be necessary on your system, but it can't hurt either:
    PCIE.7z

    Also make sure it's not just the ATI card or flashrom by using nvflash's backup function:
    NVFLASH_V4.46.7z

    Code:
    nvflash -i0 -b backup0.rom
    nvflash -i1 -b backup1.rom
     
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