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Radeon 9550 to 9600 Bios Mod

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  1. ScHuLtZ New Member

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    I seem to not be able to flash my bios because it says that there is an error deleting the memory so i checked the card with atiflash and it said it was locked, so, my question is how did you unlock your card if at all you did?
     
  2. GoLLuM4444 New Member

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    can you not just force it with -f?
     
  3. ScHuLtZ New Member

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    Nope, tried all that, didnt work.. tried diffrent mobo settings, even tried a diffrent mobo and it still says that it cant clear the mem..
     
  4. Vader Guest

    Sorry my english

    Please, I need answers urgently

    I considering to buy GeCube Radeon R9550 Exreme (it should have GPU core 400 MHz, mem. clock 500 MHz), but I would like to know about this card noise from its large fan, cooler

    I read some reviews:

    on http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/radeon/gecube-1.html they wrote
    A real quality product, it offers good stability in work and a low-noise cooler (no joking, with this configuration the cooler is completely quiet).


    on http://bit-tech.net/review/331/2 they wrote
    I must add that although it looks nice, the fan is rather loud, louder than your average graphics


    Does anyone here have experience with GeCube Radeon 9550 Extreme and can give me a answer about noise on this card? Is it loud?

    And what about this cards stability, drivers? What Catalyst is the best for this card?


    How can this be?!? GeCube Radeon 9550 eXTreme should have GPU core 400 MHz, mem. clock 500 MHz)!!

    Does this mean that I can buy this GeCube eXTreme and that it works only at core 250 mem 230 like simple Radeon 9550?!


    Please, I need answers urgently
     
  5. ati.bob New Member

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    I'll try to answer your problems step by step..

    Cooler problems..
    Probably one of the cooler from the review is faulty or maybe it maybe loose when they are doing the actual review.. my Sapphire card also kinda have this problem.. just recently the fan is humming a little loud.. when I tried to apply a little pressure to the fan blades, the noise was gone and it's humming silently again.. But if it's really loud, you can get a silent aftermarket cooler like Vantec Iceberq copper.. or Zalman ZM80D-HP.. :D

    Experience with the card..
    I only had experience with Sapphire 9550 cards.. not the XT version of course.. however, I must make myself clear that there are no "official" version of 9550XT as the 9550XT is set to run at a higher clock speed compared to normal 9550s...

    Stability?
    that should be no problem... as most GeCube cards are quite good..

    The problem with the "under-clocked" 9550"XT"
    That is probably an overclocked 9550 that are flashed with 9600 BIOS.. and probably that card has the BIOS lock implemented (not really sure).. the plain vanilla 9550 can actually reach that kind of speed.. as long as you get a card with fast mtmory chips (less than 4ns.. get a card with 3.3 or 2.8ns memory chips if you can).. you can clock it up to a "9550XT" standard.. :D
     
  6. bladehell Guest

    Radeon 9550 to 9800se ?? is it possiblle?

    So i see the features of 9800se. 9800se have very nearly features of 9550 .so I think it is possible to mod 9550 to 9800s


    9550 core 250/400 128bits 4*1 pipelines
    9800se core 325/580 128bits 4*1 pipelines
     
  7. ReconCX New Member

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    the gpu's aren't the same, one's a rv350/360 the other is r350
     
  8. ati.bob New Member

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    That's right.. you might ended up with a card in coma again.. :D:D

    And one thing.. many 9550 cards (except the special "XT" versions) have slow 5ns chips.. for example.. my Sapphire 9550 card also has 5ns Samsung RAMs that is specifically designed to work not more than 200MHz.. but I can only tweak it to a stable speed of 230MHz.. :( Any suggestions to increase its speed??
     
  9. bladehell Guest

    mod 9550 to 9800se

    So i can see to tom's hardware that 9800se is rv350

    So i see the features of 9800se. 9800se have very nearly features of 9550 .so I think it is possible to mod 9550 to 9800s


    9550 core 250/400 128bits 4*1 pipelines
    9800se core 325/580 128bits 4*1 pipelines

    And so many card radeon 9xxx XT is a rv360 and not many 9xxx is rv360.
    what do you think that?
    is it possible?
     
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  11. ati.bob New Member

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    Extracted from tPU! GPU Database..

    Card: 9800 SE (128-bit)
    Chip: R350 / R360
    Interface: AGP
    Memory: 128MB DDR
    Core clock: 325Mhz
    Memory clock: 290Mhz
    Bus width: 128 Bits
    Vertex Pixel pipelines: 4 / 4
    Features: DX9.0, PS2.0, VS2.0

    Card: 9550
    Chip: RV350
    Interface: AGP
    Memory: 128/256MB DDR
    Core clock: 250Mhz
    Memory clock: 200Mhz
    Bus width: 128 Bits
    Vertex/Pixel pipelines: 2 / 4
    Features: DX9.0, PS2.0, VS2.0

    Nope.. you can't flash it.. 9800/SE/Pro/XT have R350 or R360 core while the 9550/XT have the RV350 core.. the vertex pipelines between the two is also different.. :D
     
  12. bladehell Guest

    Oki i can't ... sniff... .so i anwser who the man wanted o/c over 230.i m
     
  13. ati.bob New Member

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    Ok.. another improvement.. now I can OC the memory to 250MHz x 2 but it will be most stable with 240MHz x 2.. I did that with several memory timing tweaks and a BIOS flash.. :D
     
  14. Rene Guest

    Problem with flashing Gigabyte 9550

    When im will flashing the bios on screen blink ERROR: block protect not disablet status=E0 ! Please help my! im use flashrom -f -p 9600.bin! As unlock this for write new bios in eprom!

    Sorry for my english im from poland
     
  15. ati.bob New Member

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    Erm.. if you read around this thread and some of the 9550 thread, you'll find that you are not the only one experiencing this problem.. my guess is that most Gigabyte 9550 cards are locked so it can't be flashed.. maybe you need to use the BIOS flash utility from Gigabyte to flash it..?
     
  16. Unregistered Guest

    It works

    I would like to thank u, my powercolor 9550/256mb is now indeed a 9600pro/256mb.
     
  17. Unregistered Guest

    Hey ati.bob... PLEASE send me a rom of your bios sometime.. I really need a 128-bit bios flash.
     
  18. Unregistered Guest

    Gigabyte 9550

    Did anyone ever figure out how to flash this card? I get the same "block protect not disabled" error that everyone else seems to be getting. Did the mfg actually lock the chip? I've never heard of this being done on a gfx card before.
     
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    or use rivatuner - this one works in windows 98 too.
    got 470/230 on my card - HIS radeon 9550 (256 MB)
     
  20. ati.bob New Member

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    I'll post it right here then.. :D By the way.. you need the original BIOS or the modified version?? The attached ZIP file is the original Sapphire 9550 128-bit 128MB BIOS...
     

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  22. VirpZ New Member

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    For Sapphire 9550 256MB samsung 5ns owners

    If u have 256MB samsung 5ns sapphire go to bios collection and download 9600 Pro 256MB Samsung 4ns The secret is: If u want to change something DONT USE Rabit cuz it looks better with more options but that program sucks since u do allright and got BLANK... Use RadEdit to change clocks and thats all cuz mem configs on that BIOS file are the same that u have on ur Sapphire 9550 256MB w/ Samsung 5ns

    Before flash I cant reach 415/215Mhz without artifacts now i can go 425/255MHz :D very stable

    Sry for my terrible english & gl to u all
     
  23. josephteo548 New Member

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    To all Gecube 9550 extreme users

    Hi, i would like to know what 9600pro or xt bios you all are using for yr gecube 9550 extreme edition card. My have 3.3BGA memory, i know some come with 2.5.
     
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    Gigabyte GV-R955128D

    Just thought i'd let you all know that i have tried to flash my card several times with different matching bios's with no luck,it has the error 0FL01 that the bios does not match the current,that was even using -f to force it ..


    Regards
    NuTTa
     
  25. Nergal New Member

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    My brother has an ASUS 9550Gamers edition(128MB with 5.0hynix)

    I read somewhere here that gigabyte & ASUS can't use other bioses?
    I now got the "GeCube 9600 Pro 128 MB " bios moded and ready to try it.
    However, if there is an 100% affermitive that it won't work, I'll take the 9600SE from ASUS.
     

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