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Upgrading/flashing Nvidia Video Card Bios

I've had a few people asking how they could flash some "better" bios on to their Nvidia video cards. Be it for upgrading a stock model to a superclocked one or just to get it up to date. Seeing how I have changed the bios on pretty much every card I owned I decided to make this blog post in case it will help someone.

Few notes:
Bios flashing can render your video card unbootable if done improperly by forcing an incompatible bios from a different video card or by interrupting the flash process.
I've had multiple bad flashes but have recovered from all them thanks to the following 1) Making backups 2) Having a spare video card/onboard video output. If the flash fails and the card is unbootable you can simply boot using a different video card and flash the backup bios to correct the bad flash.

To begin:
Get the bios file that you wish to use. If all you want to do is flash to get some better clocks then you can browse the Bios Collection over at Tech Power Up:
http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/. Alternatively you can edit a bios file yourself but I won't be getting into that right now.

Make a backup of your existing bios. For this you can use GPU-Z (if you prefer a gui) or you can use nvflash, a tool that you will be using to flash the bios later on.

Backing up the bios using nvflash:
The syntax for using nvflash to make a backup is the following
QUOTE nvflash -b bios_name_here.rom
If you aren't good with using the windows command line then you can simply put nvflash into a folder on your main drive (lets say C:\nvflash) and type the following into the windows command prompt
QUOTE "C:\nvflash\nvflash.exe" -b "C:\nvflash\bios-name.rom"
This will save the backup bios to the folder specified.

The windows command prompt can be accessed by pressing the Start button --> clicking run --> typing "cmd" into box and clicking enter.

Flashing the new bios:
Once you have a backup of your current bios and have your new bios ready you can use nvflash to flash the new bios onto your card. The syntax for that is
QUOTE nflash example_bios.rom
If you got a bios from the techpowerup site then it is probably named .bin and you should rename it to .rom after that you can simply type the following into the cmd prompt window
QUOTE "C:\nvflash\nvflash.exe" "C:\nvflash\new_bios_name.rom" and follow the prompts that appear.

The syntax for dual card solution (GX2) would be:
Backing up
QUOTE Card 1
nvflash -b -i1 card1.rom

Card 2
nvflash -b -i2 card2.rom
FlashingQUOTE Card 1
nvflash -4 -5 -6 -i1 bios1.rom

Card 2
nvflash -4 -5 -6 -i2 bios2.rom

Any questions or comments can be posted here.

Mana

Mana

 

Half Life 2 And Episode One Achievements

It seems like Valve took the time to add these achievements to GabeWorks and upload the images. Which can only mean that they are coming to the PC version sometime so... I mean eventually.

I imagine they are similar/same as the ones for the 360 version. But here they are anyway:

Half Life 2 Episode 1 - 13 Total:
Achievement 0: EP1_BEAT_CITADELCORE
Achievement 1: EP1_BEAT_CITADELCORE_NOSTALKERKILLS
Achievement 2: EP1_BEAT_CITIZENESCORT_NOCITIZENDEATHS
Achievement 3: EP1_BEAT_GAME
Achievement 4: EP1_BEAT_GAME_ONEBULLET
Achievement 5: EP1_BEAT_GARAGEELEVATORSTANDOFF
Achievement 6: EP1_BEAT_HOSPITALATTICGUNSHIP
Achievement 7: EP1_BEAT_MAINELEVATOR
Achievement 8: EP1_KILL_ANTLIONS_WITHCARS
Achievement 9: EP1_KILL_ENEMIES_WITHSNIPERALYX
Achievement 10: EPX_KILL_ZOMBIES_WITHFLARES
Achievement 11: HLX_KILL_ELITESOLDIER_WITHHISENERGYBALL
Achievement 12: HLX_KILL_ENEMIES_WITHONEENERGYBALL

Half Life 2 - 33 Total:
Achievement 0: HL2_BEAT_C1713STRIDERSTANDOFF

Achievement 1: HL2_BEAT_CEMETERY

Achievement 2: HL2_BEAT_DONTTOUCHSAND

Achievement 3: HL2_BEAT_GAME

Achievement 4: HL2_BEAT_PLAZASTANDOFF

Achievement 5: HL2_BEAT_RAVENHOLM_NOWEAPONS

Achievement 6: HL2_BEAT_SUPRESSIONDEVICE

Achievement 7: HL2_BEAT_TOXICTUNNEL

Achievement 8: HL2_BEAT_TURRETSTANDOFF2

Achievement 9: HL2_BREAK_MINITELEPORTER

Achievement 10: HL2_DISINTEGRATE_SOLDIERSINFIELD

Achievement 11: HL2_ESCAPE_APARTMENTRAID

Achievement 12: HL2_FIND_ALLLAMBDAS

Achievement 13: HL2_FIND_HEVFACEPLATE

Achievement 14: HL2_FIND_VORTIGAUNTCAVE

Achievement 15: HL2_FOLLOWFREEMAN

Achievement 16: HL2_GET_AIRBOAT

Achievement 17: HL2_GET_AIRBOATGUN

Achievement 18: HL2_GET_CROWBAR

Achievement 19: HL2_GET_GRAVITYGUN

Achievement 20: HL2_HIT_CANCOP_WITHCAN

Achievement 21: HL2_KILL_ALLC1709SNIPERS

Achievement 22: HL2_KILL_BARNACLESWITHBARREL

Achievement 23: HL2_KILL_CHOPPER

Achievement 24: HL2_KILL_ENEMIES_WITHANTLIONS

Achievement 25: HL2_KILL_ENEMIES_WITHCRANE

Achievement 26: HL2_KILL_ENEMY_WITHTOILET

Achievement 27: HL2_KILL_ODESSAGUNSHIP

Achievement 28: HL2_KILL_THREEGUNSHIPS

Achievement 29: HL2_MAKEABASKET

Achievement 30: HL2_PIN_SOLDIER_TOBILLBOARD

Achievement 31: HL2_PUT_CANINTRASH

Achievement 32: HLX_KILL_ENEMIES_WITHMANHACK

Mana

Mana

 

Blog System

I have installed the blog addon for Invision Board as one can see. Still a few problems like the Banner Logo is weird (lacks the normal background) and the friendly URLs are broken, but I expect to get this all fixed soon.

The skin should now work fine with the Blog addon, I fixed up the CSS and added the missing images.

Tell me what you think of the blogs component!

Mana

Mana

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