Posted 24 September 2006 - 01:59 PM
Posted 24 September 2006 - 03:40 PM
I have been speaking with Aberaccus via email and he said that he will share the BIOS with us.
He has BIOS on floppy but does not have a floppy anymore.
Here is a site with a whole lot of video card BIOS for download
Note - I have not tried anything there yet - kind of scared
For the ASUS card X1600XT (PCI-E) 256 MB they have a file called
Could this be it?
Too bad you can't install the video bios from hacintosh
Bios on this site doesn't work - DVI is OUT (in Windows too). I don't understend why people who has working eax1600xt not want share with us. If really there is problem it?
Posted 24 September 2006 - 06:31 PM
just let me know and ill send it ya
Posted 25 September 2006 - 11:32 PM
P/N on the bios provided in post #1 is ID : 11x-5C8801SA-008
Some info on my card:
Sapphire X1600XT 256MB PCI-E
General Information :
Manufacturer : ATI Technologies Inc (PC Partner Ltd)
Model : Radeon X1600 Series
Bus Type : PCI-Express
Total Memory : 0 MB
Texture Memory : 509 MB
Converter : Internal DAC(400MHz)
Refresh Rate (min/max) : 59/75 Hz
GPU Information :
Number of GPU : 1
Codename : RV530
GPU Frequency : 587.25 MHz - [initial : 588 MHz]
Memory Frequency GPU : 688.5 MHz - [initial : 38 MHz]
Texels : 2000 MTexels/s
DirectX Support : 9.0c
Video Bios Information :
Date : 04/24/06
ID : 11x-5C8801SA-009
Below is an image of what the screen looks like after doing the boris patch or neo installer:
Posted 26 September 2006 - 04:44 AM
I tried installing Curlyboy's BIOS, but I get the error "couldn't erase BIOS" which I'm guessing means that the flash utility refuses to flash since the P/N is different.
Posted 26 September 2006 - 05:33 AM
To get the P/N you can just download PC Wizard, run it, and find the P/N. No need to install any software. PC Wizard is available here:
Posted 26 September 2006 - 10:58 AM
Posted 26 September 2006 - 11:30 AM
Posted 26 September 2006 - 10:00 PM
Posted 27 September 2006 - 12:06 AM
Sunday night he said "no, my friedn disk drive didnt work!
gona give it to another friend tomnorrow.. sorry"
Hopefully we get something going soon.
How different are 1600xt cards between Sapphire and Asus and MSI?
I thought I read somewhere that they are all basically the same built by ATI for these other companies and then the other companies just put their own logo and cooler on the card. Maybe I am wrong - who knows.
Posted 27 September 2006 - 12:16 AM
Posted 28 September 2006 - 02:09 AM
NOTE I noticed on the Sapphire website there is only the BIOS for download that is 009. I wonder if it's possible to flash that BIOS to a card that is 008? If that is possible, then that points to the possibility that an 009 card could be flashed to 008. Of course, no one exactly wants to volunteer for a job that could leave them in the same position as us! =) Maybe someone outside of the Hackintosh community for which it is irrelevant.
The BIOS page is at this link:
scroll down and select Radeon X1600XT.. you can see the BIOS at the top says 009
Posted 28 September 2006 - 02:46 AM
Thus, it sounds as if the only impediment at this point to making the cards work is finding a way to force the flash!
Very exciting news if that's the case. Thanks go to DaveGarbs for doing this research!
It looks like compatibility is on the horizon.
Posted 28 September 2006 - 03:45 AM
Try that and see if it forces the flash despite the different P/N.
Posted 28 September 2006 - 05:20 AM
Attempt 1: atiflash -p 0 new.bin
Attempt 2: atiflash -f -p 0 new.bin
also fails citing the difference in p/n number
Perhaps using a different flash program would work?
Posted 28 September 2006 - 07:08 AM
Try following this exactly (extracted from a googled website):
Step 1 : Backing Up
Boot into DOS and insert the ATIFlash floppy. Run ATIFlash.exe and type "atiflash -s 0 backup.rom"
It's recommended you name your backup, backup.rom or backup.bin, or old.rom/bin. Something easy to remember if something goes wrong.
Step 2: Flashing
Boot up into DOS and insert the ATIFlash floppy.
Run the ATIFlash.exe and now type this "atiflash -p 0"
It should give you some information then say "P/N Mismatched" and "Error 0FL01 : Press "1" to continue".
The reason for this is because the new bios your using has a different P/N number. Some BIOSes don't do this, they will just flash, which is fine, but if you get the error DON'T PANIC, IT'S NORMAL. The worst thing to do would be to shut off your PC.
Now, type the following "atiflash -p -f 0 xxx.ROM" put your BIOS name in for xxx, also you can save your bios as .rom or .bin either will work.
The -f command tells atiflash to FORCE the flash regardless of the P/N mismatch. If you still get an error, then load your old bios back on by typing this:
"atiflash -p -f 0 backup.rom" or whatever you named your backup.
Now restart your PC, your card cannot be flashed.
NOTE : Sometimes ATIFlash gets finicky and you will have to type "atiflash -f -p 0 xxx.ROM". So you will have to start using the -f command right after atiflash. If that still doesn't work, your card cannot be flashed.
Posted 28 September 2006 - 12:41 PM
When you paste a large piece of somebody's website it is usually nice to state the source
Posted 28 September 2006 - 04:29 PM
Posted 28 September 2006 - 08:35 PM
Posted 29 September 2006 - 11:34 PM
I made iso using disk utility on my MAC G5 and then slotted cd into my hackintosh. I printed your instruction and what do you know my bios from 009 reverted to 008. I was still a bit nervous and I booted OS X and it works.
Thank you, and for the rest of the guys with newer sapphire card (009) don't be afraid to flash it it worked for me with no problem. remember use disk utility to burn iso.
Hope this helps people with sapphire card with (009) revision.
Update lasted few seconds and I am very happy. Thanks again Ciber. If you are not sure don't risk it and do it at your own risk as i did.
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