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Alienware GTX 1070 NVFlash GPU Mismatch Error

perfectlydiverse

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Here's the process prior to my current issue: I aquired this Alienware 15 R3 laptop with a broken lcd and a code 43 error on the graphics card after the previous owner had a bad MOBO flash update. I replaced the lcd and tried everything for the GFX card (uninstall device, reinstall drivers, delete nvidia from everything... reinstall again) and nothing worked, so I figured the firmware must be the problem from that bad MOBO flash after I read Dell flashes both the MOBO and GPU at once. So I found THIS vbios backup from the same device. After I flashed it it worked! Happy day! (I had backed up the original vbios, but when compared they were identical so I didn't keep it.) But then a couple days later I had a BSOD (video_tdr_failure nvlddmkm.sys) followed by the return of the code 43 on the GFX card. I first attempted reinstalling drivers, same as before, and nothing worked. Instead I recieved more BSODs with various causes; all about files associated with the GPU.

So I decided that Dell's firmware was the culprit because I found many posts on Google of people with the same problem. So rashly I suppose I decided to try flashing to another manufacturer's vbios that was the same card (as far as I could tell) and chose THIS vbios from ASUS. It flashed, I restarted, but now the card shows up as "Microsoft Basic Display Adapter" and Nvidia won't recognize the card for installing drivers. So I tried to revert to the other vbios and all I got was this "GPU Mismatch". I don't understand why it would let me flash to the ASUS vbios and not back to the Dell vbios.

Anyway I saw that the PCI Device ID was different (ASUS=1BE1 | Dell=1BA1), so I figure that's what it's fussing about, but I don't know if it's possible to change it back in order to flash back. I assume my issue with this ASUS vbios is it shows as being a Dell card but the Device ID is from ASUS?

Just to test I flashed the newer ASUS vbios and that flash went through. As I thought since it's the same PCI Device ID, so that's the vbios I have now.

I googled how to force a flash and only found old posts for old NVFlash builds that won't work. I also googled changing PCI Device IDs and only found stuff for Linux (I'm on Windows 10). I used --protectoff but that only bypassed some warnings.

I'm a N00b with all this if that isn't obvious already.

MY QUESTION:
Can I get this current ASUS vbios to work, and if not, can I force NVFlash to flash the old vbios back on the card? Or is it broken with no return?
Any help is very appreciated.

Specs:
Alienware 15 R3
i7-6700HQ
GTX 1070 8GB (Clock:1443)
Windows 10 Pro

Code:
D:\...\Desktop\nvflash_5.560.0>nvflash64.exe -6 GP104.rom
NVIDIA Firmware Update Utility (Version 5.560.0)
Copyright (C) 1993-2019, NVIDIA Corporation. All rights reserved.


Checking for matches between display adapter(s) and image(s)...

Adapter: GeForce GTX 1070     (10DE,1BE1,1028,0772) H:--:NRM  S:00,B:01,D:00,F:00


EEPROM ID (EF,6014) : WBond W25Q80EW 1.65-1.95V 8192Kx1S, page

WARNING: None of the firmware image compatible PCI Device ID's
match the PCI Device ID of the adapter.
  Adapter PCI Device ID:        1BE1
  Firmware image PCI Device ID: 1BA1
WARNING: Firmware image PCI Subsystem ID (10DE.0000)
  does not match adapter PCI Subsystem ID (1028.0772).

NOTE: Exception caught.
Nothing changed!



ERROR: GPU mismatch


D:\...\Desktop\nvflash_5.560.0>nvflash64 -a
NVIDIA Firmware Update Utility (Version 5.560.0)
Copyright (C) 1993-2019, NVIDIA Corporation. All rights reserved.


NVIDIA display adapters present in system:
<0> GeForce GTX 1070     (10DE,1BE1,1028,0772) H:--:NRM  S:00,B:01,D:00,F:00
GPU-Z_Screenshot_basic.gif
 

perfectlydiverse

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Any ideas at all? Any suggestions for sites or other forums where I might find some solutions? I don't really want to give up on this graphics card yet.
 
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