Need some help here ASAP flashing HD 5870

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  1. MexicanSnake

    MexicanSnake I'm back!

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    Today I was surfing over ebay and found a DELL mobility HD 5870m the price was incredible $250USD shipped to Mexico.

    Ok I bought it, but then the seller told me that the card didnt work on his M15x(it booted but it displayed wrong colors). But he says that he also tried the card on an M17x-R2 and it works normally.

    Here is the thing:
    -Should I cancel the purchase?
    -Is there a way to flash a working Vbios on that card in order to make it work with my M15x?

    -Any other suggestions?
    Please I need answers ASAP. Thanks!
     
  2. inap

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    if you can get the card to boot, then you can flash it. but the 5870 should be just plug and play in an M15x. the color problem could mean anything, like a bad card or improper seating of the card to the mobo.
     
  3. MexicanSnake

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    Perhaps driver issues?
    Can I flash it with a HD 5850 vbios? with that DELL tool?
    thanks for your response.

    EDIT: just found this, Perhaps this could be the answer???

     
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    Yup looks like the right thread. Sorry couldn't help more at the time was busy.
     
  5. MexicanSnake

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    No problem bud:) .
    Great!. So What about the HD 5850 vbios? I mean this one?
    Drivers and Downloads
     
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    Dell released a vbios update for the 5870 to fix some issues with the M17x. But that update corrupt the colors when used in the M15x. Your card is likely with the new vbios revision. So you will need the previous vbios.

    Had the same problem, with a new dell 5870 with newest revision of the vbios.

    old vbios

    Source

    Edit: Your card is must likely not faulty, just incompatible vbios with the M15x system.
     
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    awesome job strigue +rep.
    sorry got too wasted last night to be any help, heheheh
     
  8. MexicanSnake

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    Thanks guys... But the seller ended up cancelling the order :( I just bought a gtx 460m from ichime...
     
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    yeah saw the awesome deal on that. the 460m is gonna be an awesome upgrade from the 240.
     
  10. MexicanSnake

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    Yeah right :D. I know this is not a hardcore card but should be enough for benching, direct x11, rendering and working (and gaming of course:p). To be honest this card will be more useful for me than the 5870...

    Ill test its OC potential once I get it.
     
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