Updating bios video cards Camsexportal
This guide is all about how to do that, and also recover from a bad video card flashing.
Unlike motherboards when you have a failed flash this normally renders that motherboard dead, or bricked.
By having this “Back Up” video card will relieve us having to use the ancient floppy drive. In fact my years of flashing and modifying BIOS’ ATI is far easier to flash.
I will be using the “Recommended way of flashing” from the previous page. Make sure your flashing utility BIOS is on the FAT 16/32 formatted USB flash drive, and also you have a working copy of a DOS CD/DVD boot-able disk.
Remove DOS CD/DVD disk from drive, remove the USB drive, allow Windows to boot on the computer then format the USB flash drive to a FAT 16/32 file system.
Re-copy the flashing utility and the BIOS you are flashing too.
Like always I or Bjorn3is not responsible for your actions regarding flashing the VGA BIOS. The codes or commands I will be using are: Backing up the BIOS:: -s 0 C:atiflash -s 0 Since I am using a USB flash drive and it is on a FAT 16/32 file system and my HDD’s are using a NTFS file system DOS only recognizes the USB flash drive as a HDD. The -s switch is telling Atiflash to save the BIOS to our HDD (USB flash drive). If you are using multiple video cards, and you want to flash or back up each one, you just change the 0 to the next corresponding VGA card. I have 2 5870’s one is in PCI-E 1, the second is in my second PCI-E port, the first video card uses the 0, the second uses a 1 switch. Also that your DOS CD/DVD disc is in the CD/DVD drive. (Reminder You cannot use a Blue Ray drive, DOS does not recognize this type of drive)Then we will see an A: prompt.
Any time you are flashing a VGA card, make sure you uninstall all drivers and overclocking utilities prior to flashing. As always once I boot off the CD/DVD DOS boot-able disk I am greeted with what do I wish to do. Oops, I must have turned on the floppy support in the BIOS of my motherboard, it should read C:.
Just in case things go south, as they do sometimes, we can recover with a BIOS that works. Make sure your USB flash drive was plugged in prior to booting into DOS.
Since I already flashed my BIOS a long time ago when I got this video card, I will be backing up this BIOS and flashing my video card with this BIOS. Now it is time to back up the BIOS, in the C: ATIprompt I type in atiflash -s 0 backup1(always put a in the name otherwise you did not properly back up the BIOS). Remember to use the actual file name of the BIOS you’re using to upgrade to.
I already did this once before, it does not hurt to have multiple backups of your BIOS. Tip: Manufacturer’s like to go a tad bit overboard on the naming of their BIOS’, for instance: 123456789iuyt.101 rename this file to something a lot easier like upgrade.101.
You will have your files on the root directory of the USB flash drive.
If you don’t see the flashing utility and your BIOS on the root directory, either A) the USB flash drive is not plugged in the computer, turn off computer reset USB flash drive, or B) you are not using a FAT 16/32 file system on the flash drive.