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Bricked 6950 ( NO ADAPTOR FOUND ) help please !!

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Hello guys :)

I bought a sapphire 6950 dirt 3 edition cheap in hope that i could fix it , but no matter what i do in atiflash it will give me ( NO ADAPTOR FOUND )

The card is not recognised in windows , not anywhere .. its like its physically not even there

The guy told me he ran a batch file and flicked the switch or something along those lines .. and now the card wont boot at all , though the fans are spinning and the card seems to be in working order .

It wont boot off either switch pos #1 or #2 , windows wont recognise the card only the pci one .

I have an old nvidia pci card im using at the moment so i can attempt to fix / reflash / hardmod the card and get it working .

I was reading around and came across this http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=115240

Does the same thing apply to the 6950 ? can i jump the pins and succesfully reflash the card like he did ? Wizzard ..

i really dont care to screw this card up because it is anyway .. i will do whatever to fix it :twitch:

Any help would be greatly appreciated , i know the guys here know alot in comparison to other forums .

thankyou !





i solder a wire from pin 1 to pin 8 ? and atiflash should recognise the card then .. snip the wire and flash ? am i right ..

This is so frustrating , i have tried everything ! this is my last hope .
 
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see your pm
 

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I just found this when i opened up the card .. has it been tinkered with ? or is the chip blown or something .. Im pretty sure thats one of the bios chips

all of the 8 tabs are still physically connected to the chip still

 

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theres 4 chips on the back side of the pcb , theres one just under the switch ?

 

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Someone just told me the previous guy tried the gum mod , he either didnt do it succesfully or it didnt work .. im not sure ?

It doesnt look like he bridged pin 1-8 , more like 1-5 ..
 

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i tried to do a search for the chips , couldnt find them =( im not very good at this ..
 
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Someone just told me the previous guy tried the gum mod , he either didnt do it succesfully or it didnt work .. im not sure ?

It doesnt look like he bridged pin 1-8 , more like 1-5 ..
that's the bubblegum mod for sure!
The pic has some shadows on it make sure that none of the pins are shorted togeather [check the back side too] if shorted you need to clean between the pins a very LIGHT scrape with a sharp razor knife works for me
Yes that is the bios chip but again because that card has duel bios there should be another 1 on the card post the #'s of all the 8 pin chips & I'll find the data sheets for them
After doing some reading on these cards it seems that the second bios is non-flashable & if the first bios is corrupted the switch won't work. So I would try to fix the #1 bios chip and see if that will let you see the card in dos
 

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Message Wizzard on this issue
 

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Its ok guys im gettings a refund on the card , i appreciate your guys help ..

its amazing what you guys know , its rediculous .. in a good way ;)

I am going to try what frogger sais , scrape inbetween with a sharp knife and give it one last try ..

Ill let youse know if it works

I did get it cheap so it would be a bonus , but i think this card is dead .

R.I.P
 

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i used a blade inbetween the prongs to make sure they werent touching , did the best i could ..

Still no adaptor found =) its uselss , needs physical repair which im no good at .

Thanks anyway guys

I personally think hes soldered a new chip on before , and the heat has caused the solder to melt abit and its all screwed up .. There is definatly solder on there i was scraping it off so yea ...
 
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What exactly will bridging those pins do? I mean what exactly is the purpose of such mod?
 

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What exactly will bridging those pins do? I mean what exactly is the purpose of such mod?
The mod will possibly allow xristo to flash his 6950 that normally would be classed as a non-flashable card. Just it looks as if here, it's gone wrong.
 

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THIS Ladies and gents is WHY you don't attempt to unlock a NON reference 6950
the pin short option is pretty much your only option (assuming the attempted bios flash didn't cause permanent damage to the memio/core)
 
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What exactly will bridging those pins do? I mean what exactly is the purpose of such mod?
It puts the BIOS chip into the manufactures sate of no Bios in it(Like it would when the card boots for the first Time.)It is like buying a new bios chip with no Bios in it.I seen guys try this mod on so called bad bios flashed motherboards,Shame is DFI had a neat tool that was to hit the market for this.DFI went belly before it hit ...:(

The guy told me he ran a batch file and flicked the switch or something along those lines .. and now the card wont boot at all , though the fans are spinning and the card seems to be in working order .

What highlighted is exactly what happened to it ,It is FUBAR my friend,Anyone of us here would never ever flip the switch from 1(flash able) to 2 (non flash able),You could try to short pins 1-8 on both chips and hope to god it boots.
 
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idk why people try this stuff, i know its cool but honestly if you dont arm yourself with the knowledge, data needed/programs, hardware, preparation for disaster/success. You definitly will fail.

Always and I mean Always research before flashing boards. I learned the hardway myself a long time ago on my Laptop.
 
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idk why people try this stuff, i know its cool but honestly if you dont arm yourself with the knowledge, data needed/programs, hardware, preparation for disaster/success. You definitly will fail.

Always and I mean Always research before flashing boards. I learned the hardway myself a long time ago on my Laptop.
that's hitting on the head :toast: research research research
@xristo:
a refund best way to go after all you didn't flash the card in the first place :)
 
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