Buy the ARP T-Shirt! BIOS Optimization Guide Money Savers!
 10 April 2004
 Discuss here !
Unboxing The ASUS ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG) Tablet Rev. 2.0
The new ASUS ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG) is a quad-core Intel SoFIA-powered tablet with a 7" ... Read here
The Tech ARP 2015 Mega Giveaway #7 : LEAGOO Elite 4 Smartphone
This year, we are not only rewarding everyone who participates in the Tech ARP forums... Read here
Buy The BOG Book Subscribe To The BOG! Latest Money Savers!
Video BIOS Flashing Guide
Digg! Reddit!Add to Reddit | Bookmark this article:

Flashing The BIOS & Your Warranty

Before we proceed though, I would like to touch a little on the legality of flashing the video BIOS. While many manufacturers permit the flashing of your graphics card's video BIOS with the latest official BIOS update they release, they frown on anyone flashing the BIOS to mod their cards.

If you flash your card with the wrong BIOS or kill it in an attempt to mod it using a BIOS flash, that voids your warranty. Flashing the BIOS can also void the warranty if your graphics card's manufacturer specifically prohibits the flashing of the BIOS. For example, ATI.


What You Need To Flash The Video BIOS

Here are some things you will need to prepare before flashing the BIOS :-

        1. A video BIOS image for your graphics card
        2. A BIOS flash utility (i.e. FlashROM)
        3. A floppy disk


Obtaining The BIOS Update

Before you can flash the video BIOS, you will need to obtain the video BIOS image you want. This can be the latest video BIOS issued by the manufacturer of your card or a video BIOS that allows you to mod your card into something better.

In this guide, we will be using the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro as an example. For ATI cards, OCFaq has a collection of all their BIOS images. But the most complete collection of ATI and NVIDIA video BIOS images can be found at


Obtaining The BIOS Flash Utility

You will also need a BIOS flash utility which does the actual job of erasing and reprogramming the video BIOS. In this article, I used FlashROM 1.3 to update my ATI Radeon 9800 Pro's BIOS.

FlashROM 1.3 is an old version but it worked fine for me. You may want to try a newer version but because I only tested version 1.3 myself, I can only offer it as a download here.

Microsoft Celebrates The Launch Of Windows 10 In Malaysia
Western Digital VelociRaptor (WD1000DHTZ) 1 TB Hard Disk Drive Review
How To Migrate Apple iTunes From One Computer To Another
Automatically Logging Into Windows XP
AMD Quad-Core Opteron (Barcelona) Technology Report
Icemat 2nd Edition Mouse Pad Review
Kingston 1GB PC2-5400 HyperX DDR2 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit Review
NVIDIA GeForce 6800GT Vs. ATI RADEON X800 Pro Comparison
Cooler Master PNC-U51 CoolPad Notebook Cooler Review
Definitive Battery Extender Guide 2.10


Copyright © Tech All rights reserved.