Error 43 - GTX 1070 upgrade in Alienware M18x R2

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  1. Maxware79

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    Hello all,
    I have a number of years experience with tearing down machines and upgrading parts but this one is stumping me.
    I have been attempting to upgrade my old M18x R2 with a standard black PCB MXM GTX 1070 (not the MSI variant) that I purchased from one of the guys on here. My problem is that once I install the modded driver, I'm getting the Error 43 code in Device Manager.
    I will run through some of what I have found in my turmoil thus far. Hopefully you can follow my ramblings.
    I have tried a clean WIN 10 installation in Legacy mode and also UEFI with the same results. I had originally modded my own driver with the latest Nvidia 441.xx driver and then tried one that others had success with in the Alienware forum but no change. I believe this one was a 436.15 driver.
    Without installing the driver, GPU-Z lists the current vBIOS as 86.04.56.00.3A but once the driver is installed, this information disappears from GPU-Z.
    Another guy on the forum has his card working fine on 86.04.42.00.03 and the 436.15 modded driver
    There is a g-sync and non g-sync version of the card and I believe the Hardware ID for the non g-sync card is 1BA1 compared to 1BE1. GPU-Z shows mine as 1BA1 but TechPowerUp lists my current vBIOS as being for the 1BE1 card. I'm not sure if this affects anything but I read somewhere that you can't flash a BIOS for the wrong card version but I know F-all about vBIOS'. The other vBIOS is listed as being for 1BA1.
    I have tried reseating the card.
    I am running Windows 1903 and I do all available updates before trying to install the driver.
    Is there anyone that can help shed some light on this or do I have a dead GPU?
    Should I try different driver versions or should I try a new vBIOS? Is there something simple that I have overlooked?

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. mirage_bg

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    Error 43 indicates bad/faulty GPU...
    Are you sure the card was OK when you bought it?
     
  3. TheReciever

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    It also indicates corrupt vBIOS, may be able to save via programming a known working vBIOS.
     
  4. Maxware79

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    Well I can only take the word from the seller on here. It was shipped from the US to Australia so it's possible something happened on the way over. He is an active seller with decent rep so I would lean towards believing him but this is the internet
     
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    This was my first hope and it seems weird that the vBIOS seems to be for the wrong card type, just as long we can believe what TechPowerUp says. I read that the card is bricked if the g-sync BIOS is flashed on the non g-sync and vica-vera which concerns me
     
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    Here is a pic of what my GPU-z says without a driver and then what TechPowerUp says.
    GPU-z.jpg vBIOS.png
     
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    Oh I mean more like something within the vbios could be corrupted or not properly written to the vbios chip.

    I mean its quite likely it died whilst in transport (have had it happen before) but I'm not one to rain on a parade without giving another viable scenario in play.

    I flashed my 1070 and it gave error 43, this was because I simply wrote over the existing vbios instead of clearing it. So I cleared it and reprogrammed (because I got backup first) and was good to go.

    I still have it on my 13 r3 even though I plan to sell soon.
     
  8. Maxware79

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    It's 40 deg Celsius here today (104F) but my parade is definitely being rained on.

    As I'm a vBIOS noob, what would the steps be? Just download NVFlash and go from there?

    Apparently it was previously in an MSI Vortex and an Alienware Ranger before then. Not sure what it's vBIOS history has been.
     
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    @Falkentyne is the resident expert on the 1070 I believe.

    Brother would you be able to point this kind sir in the right direction (assuming there is one)
     
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