AMD R9 M290X vBios

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  1. mitya_alba

    mitya_alba Notebook Consultant

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    And where can I find it and edit with Notepad? I have searched and not found. Can I specify the path? Thank you.
     
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    Code:
    AMD6801.1 = "AMD Radeon R9 M290X"
    AMD6801.2 = "AMD Radeon R9 M290X"
    I changed the name in Notepad, then the display driver is not installed and everything.
     
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    I'm not sure since I don't have access to your drivers and hardware. There are several INF files to choose from and I don't know which one(s) you need to modify.
     
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    I am using AMD Catalyst 14.8 (WHQL 14.201.1008 August 12) driver. Help me to do the right thing. Thank you. +1 Rep
    (Have to reboot with DSE temporarily disabled during installation with W8.) - how to do it?
     
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    It has been so long since I used an AMD video card that I don't remember which INF to mod. You won't need to worry about which one if you change all of them that have your hardware ID in the INF to be exactly the same. Do like you did on the last attempt, but do the same exact tweak to all of them. The INF files to mod should be in the \Packages\Drivers\Display\WB6A_INF folder if you have x64 (if using 32 bit Windows, the W8_INF folder applies) and you should be good to go. All you are doing with the mod is changing what the driver is telling Windows to name the video cards. Most unfortunately, if you have Windows 8 or 8.1 any modded driver will fail to install while Driver Signature Enforcement is enabled (thanks to the Nazi control freaks at Micro$oft for this). This guy did a good job of explaining and demonstrating in this video.

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    Looks like two INF files in your driver package have your hardware ID in them. These two...

    AMD_Mod_0.jpg
    I see there is NO REFERENCE to R9 M290X found in the driver, so the reason your GPU is being called the 8970M is because that is what the driver told Windows to call it. Changing it should correct that problem.

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    It took AMD about 9 months to release a driver that had proper support for 7970M and other GCN video cards. I doubt they can or will ever fix this naming convention problem if the 8970M and R9 M290X share an identical hardware ID. It will be impossible for Windows to identify your GPU specifically and you will have to mod the INF every time forever if you want Windows to use the correct name. We have seen this in the past and it may never change. Apparently, AMD doesn't care about their video cards having the correct name in Windows and it appears they assume their customers don't care. Or, maybe they don't care what their customers think about it. For example, AMD has always called 6970M and 6900M the "6900M Series" and the only way to tell which GPU has been installed is to look at the specs in GPU-Z. This doesn't affect the function, but nobody really appreciates having their newer GPU (marketed with a new name) being called exactly the same thing in Windows as the older GPU even if they have the same specs.
     
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    Thank you very much, I will try.
     
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    Thank you very much, you helped me a lot. As I understand it, while AMD will not add to the list of drivers R9 M290X, so we'll see how HD 8970M, or to put the old driver from Dell.
     
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    Hi, do you think the BIOS with 4GB memory size and 1250mhz on memory clock will work in my R9 M290X -MSI GX70- with 2GB of memory and 900mhz -mem clock-?? PLEASE, anyone could help me? i want that clocks!
     
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    Here is a screenshot of my GPU-Z with my R9 M290X (stock BIOS), if you installed the Alienware driver and you have the stock BIOS, then it should display M290X

    Additionally, if you did that, and it still doesn't show M290X, then try to uninstall the driver using DDU and reinstall again rebooting between the uninstallation and reinstallation of the driver:


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    That may work, but there is a great chance flashing that may soft-brick your GPU. I would not recommend experimenting if you do not have a way to revive the GPU if the flash fails or the foreign firmware makes the machine unbootable. This is very risky unless you have an M18xR1 or M18xR2 with an unlocked system BIOS at your disposal to fix the problem. MSI vBIOS is known for having compatibility problems with Clevo and Dell GPUs and vice versa.
     
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