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Part of this procedure involves dumping your .rom. It places it in the root of your home directory.

http://www.cubeowner...?showtopic=8804

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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
http://www.techpowerup.com/bios/

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
Asus.X1600XT.256._051214.bin

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?

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I Have sapphire x1600xt pci-e 256meg anyone want my bios can have it
just let me know and ill send it ya

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I am unable to flash the bios due to a differing P/N from the bios provided in the first post.

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:

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I get the same type of screen as davegarbs. I also have the same P/N.

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.

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Curlyboy: Could you see if you have a different P/N than davegarber and me? Perhaps there is a new version of the x1600xt which is no longer compatible.

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:

http://www.cpuid.com/pcwizard.php

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He has the 008 edition which probably explains why it is working.

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Yeah minds ends in 008 but as to why u cant flash the wee bugger i dunno

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darn. If only I could buy another Sapphire card and *whoops* return the wrong one...

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I am still hoping that aberracus will help out with his eax1600xt bios which he says is working properly.

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.

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No matter whos bios you guys try and use wether it be mine or someone elses , It still doesnt answer the ? as to why your cards wont flash tho

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I think they won't flash because the software won't let them... if we can fool the software, I think flashing is a possibility..


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:

http://www.sapphiret...ort/drivers.php

scroll down and select Radeon X1600XT.. you can see the BIOS at the top says 009

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DaveGarbs has told me he just got off the phone with Sapphire Tech Support. They said that the cards are exactly the same. They also said that you can flash the 008 cards with the 009 BIOS on the website.

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.

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When I was modding (a lot of) ATi 9800 cards a year or two ago, I looked into this and there is an ATi force flash option using the switch /f

Try that and see if it forces the flash despite the different P/N.

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well I ran atiflash after booting from a flash drive (oh the irony)

Attempt 1: atiflash -p 0 new.bin

fails

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?

flashrom?

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I wonder about the order of the switches you tried.

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.

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Been there, done that.

When you paste a large piece of somebody's website it is usually nice to state the source :whistle:

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haha, yeah, I read the exact same website too.. but thanks for the suggestion.

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Sorry, my bad netiquette. Edited original to indicate from somebody's website.

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Ciber thank you very much. I have saphite x1600xt card that didn't work with Boris method so I decided to take the risk.
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.
Take care

Jojon





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