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[Solved] Bad Bios on Sapphire RX580 Pulse

teddytea94

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I bought a Sapphire RX580 Pulse from Ebay, knowing that it was used for mining. I've read a lot of posts on buying used mining cards and how they can be good finds if the miners had kept them undervolted and efficient. I received my card, it looked pretty good, but noticed immediately that it runs rather loud. It also exhibits an annoying coil whine. I thought maybe the seller put a custom BIOS on it and I'd have to revert.

I first downloaded GPU-Z to check the BIOS and it seemed good. I downloaded ATIflash and thought maybe I could re-flash the GPU bios, and before I could flash I did "-i" and ran into this "adapter not found" error. I tried doing the "atiflash -ai" too. That was red flag number 1. Sounded like a bad BIOS to me. I suppose I could flash using Windows (even though I supposedly shouldn't) but I'm almost convinced that the BIOS is bad. What do you think?

Then I tried to undervolt the card to see if it helps with coil whine and noise, and that didn't really help either. Also, when I ran Furmark, I think I smelled burning plastic in the card. That was red flag number 2.

Another thing, the fans slow down very slowly... HWMonitor shows temperatures at 33 C, and fans keeps spinning at 2000 rpm for another 5 minutes (ramps down very slowly...) BIOS issue? or Wattman issue?

Is the BIOS bad? Did the seller screw up the card and sell it to me anyways? Or should I continue to fix the card and not worry about it?
 
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Thanks! That helps a lot. So my new understanding is that the old DOS atiflash is not valid for newer ati/amd cards. All the top results on google seemed to explain that flashing on windows was not recommended but now I'll try it.
 

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Thanks! That helps a lot. So my new understanding is that the old DOS atiflash is not valid for newer ati/amd cards. All the top results on google seemed to explain that flashing on windows was not recommended but now I'll try it.

The only time you need force flash is if there is an ID mismatch, what i just provided you will go in wiyhout trouble
Its easier to. There is a way to do it in command prompt but you must have certain parameters for cmd, such as how the prompt was opened and a general knowledge of DOS line switches.

@teddytea94, let us know if it worked or not.
 

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It works! Thanks again!

Now lastly, if all three BIOS versions work, I'm assuming I can just go with the latest one. I will proceed to try to replace thermal paste to see if that helps. As well as continuing to try to underclock/undervolt.

Teddy
 

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It works! Thanks again!

Now lastly, if all three BIOS versions work, I'm assuming I can just go with the latest one. I will proceed to try to replace thermal paste to see if that helps. As well as continuing to try to underclock/undervolt.

Teddy
Yes i carefully picked the 3 there because of info you gave me.
 
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