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Windows 7: Flashing my 8800GT because i now have Windows 7


09 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7, 64-bit
 
 
Flashing my 8800GT because i now have Windows 7

G'day,
I'd first like to apologize if there is already a thread that can help me.

I have a Leadtek 8800GT 512mb and I have recently made the change from XP to Windows 7. I have been having some system crashes during games and a few blue screens. (mainly in Empire Total War, but has also occured in CoD6) All my drivers are up to date so I am fairly sure it has something to do with something overheating.

My graphics card Temp idles at 75 Degree's C (according to Nvidia Monitor). nTune also shows that the GPU (3D) is always at 35%, I have never seen it change. Now i have been told that I will most probably have to flash my graphics card bios because of a fan speed problem that the 8800GT's have in Windows7.

This is the card i have:
Leadtek - We make dreams a reality
I would download the 3rd Bios download.

How do I flash my graphics Card?

Thankyou
Joe

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09 Apr 2010   #2

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

Here ya go bud:

Beginners Guide: Flashing a Video Card BIOS - PCSTATS.com

I'm guessing you may have to substitute cd/dvd/usb for the floppy disk

Here's a method to create a DOS cd rom:
http://www.bleedinedge.com/forum/sho...able-DOS-cdrom

Link to Latest Copy of NVFLASH:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/V.../nVFlash.shtml
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10 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JoeFish View Post
My graphics card Temp idles at 75 Degree's C (according to Nvidia Monitor). nTune also shows that the GPU (3D) is always at 35%, I have never seen it change. Now i have been told that I will most probably have to flash my graphics card bios because of a fan speed problem that the 8800GT's have in Windows7.
Hi JoeFish,

To put it mildly, that particular reason is hard to swallow and extremely unlikely to be true.

Needing to do a BIOS Flash on your video card because you’re now running Windows 7 is as plausible as having to up the electricity to your computer because of Windows 7.

Not saying you don’t have fan issues, not saying a BIOS flash won’t fix a fan Issue, I did one when I had an ATI 3870 as it too had fan issues. BUT…it had nothing to do with running Windows 7, or Vista.

Flashing a video card can be tricky and if done wrong will render it dead. This is nothing to take lightly!

If you’re going to flash your card, do it for the right reasons, not because of some misguided information.

Sorry.

As to your issue, have you checked to see that the card isn’t failing or overheating? Thus causing to fan to run faster and louder.
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10 Apr 2010   #4

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JoeFish View Post
My graphics card Temp idles at 75 Degree's C (according to Nvidia Monitor). nTune also shows that the GPU (3D) is always at 35%, I have never seen it change. Now i have been told that I will most probably have to flash my graphics card bios because of a fan speed problem that the 8800GT's have in Windows7.
Hi JoeFish,

To put it mildly, that particular reason is hard to swallow and extremely unlikely to be true.

Needing to do a BIOS Flash on your video card because you’re now running Windows 7 is as plausible as having to up the electricity to your computer because of Windows 7.

Not saying you don’t have fan issues, not saying a BIOS flash won’t fix a fan Issue, I did one when I had an ATI 3870 as it too had fan issues. BUT…it had nothing to do with running Windows 7, or Vista.

Flashing a video card can be tricky and if done wrong will render it dead. This is nothing to take lightly!

If you’re going to flash your card, do it for the right reasons, not because of some misguided information.

Sorry.

As to your issue, have you checked to see that the card isn’t failing or overheating? Thus causing to fan to run faster and louder.
I agree with everything posted, in other words, unless you want a video card sized brick, be very careful when you flash your bios.

NVIDIA Graphics Card - Flash BIOS

Make sure that you know what you're doing.

If you get an error, do not restart. Instead flash your old bios back into place via the error section.
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10 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The last driver in the line 196 (196.75) had serious problems with fans, if you are using it try updating to the latest
(197.13).
Inspect your card : fixed properly, fan not clogged with dust or simply failing ...

Strictly about flashing; I do use nvflash.exe (version 5.67) from Windows 7 x64, so there is no need to care that much about flashing from a bootable device. The process is fairly simple (but not without risk) .

Regards
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10 Apr 2010   #6

Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JoeFish View Post
G'day,
I'd first like to apologize if there is already a thread that can help me.

I have a Leadtek 8800GT 512mb and I have recently made the change from XP to Windows 7. I have been having some system crashes during games and a few blue screens. (mainly in Empire Total War, but has also occured in CoD6) All my drivers are up to date so I am fairly sure it has something to do with something overheating.

My graphics card Temp idles at 75 Degree's C (according to Nvidia Monitor). nTune also shows that the GPU (3D) is always at 35%, I have never seen it change. Now i have been told that I will most probably have to flash my graphics card bios because of a fan speed problem that the 8800GT's have in Windows7.

This is the card i have:
Leadtek - We make dreams a reality
I would download the 3rd Bios download.

How do I flash my graphics Card?

Thankyou
Joe
its nothing to do with windows , the 8800gt fan wont go over 40% untill it reaches 80 degrees , flashing your bios wont help , download and install MSI Afterburner and manually set a fan profile MSI Afterburner

or Riva Tuner and set a custom fan curve (all the instructions are easy to find on the interweb)

yes your GPU is running far too hot for idle that temp is INSANE , but the issue isnt with windows
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22 Apr 2010   #7

Windows 7, 64-bit
 
 

Morning,

IN REPLY TO ENEMYWITHIN: The version of my graphics card is 196.21 I just looked on Nnvida and i can download a later driver, so I will do that. I thought mine was the latest since i installed it a few months ago.


Thanks for all the help, really appreciate it!

Well I am just confused as to why my games were running fine in Windows XP and now I am having all these problems in Windows 7.

I was planning on downloading this which came off the Leadtek Website:

Supporting Models : For 8800GT 512MB ONLY
New BIOS for imporving Fan module cooling capability.
Total size::[40 KB]

Due to the little explanation, I thought that might be the answer to my problem.

Ok so i will download MSI afterburn and turn up my fan speed when I am playing games, I shall see how this goes and let you know (If the latest Nvidia driver does not work)

Thanks again,
Joe
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23 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

You can also use Evga precision to adjust your fan speed. I have yet to find an Nvidia card that it won't work with. Also for future references and help ,Please fill in your system specs. It helps us hep you should you find yourself with other issues. Thanks. Fabe |MG| EVGA Precision 1.9.1 Download
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23 Apr 2010   #9

Windows 7, 64-bit
 
 

Cheers mate,

Well i just installed the latest Nvidia driver and it still froze on me in Call of Duty MW2. The colours went crazy and the sound stuffed up, had to reboot.

I decided to make the fan run at 100% and i didn't even last 10minutes into a game and the PC just blacked out and rebooted itself.

MSI Afterburn says this:

________________________________________________________________________________
Display device : GeForce 8800 GT on G92 GPU
Display driver : 8.17.11.9745, ForceWare 197.45
On-board memory : 512MB
BIOS : 62.92.1f.00.08
GUID : VEN_10DE&DEV_0611&SUBSYS_2AB0107D&REV_A2&BUS_1&DEV_0&FN_0

On-Screen Display server
________________________________________________________________________________
Active client : On-Screen Display module
Active 3D process : not detected


This is really fustrating lol, any help would be much appreciated
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23 Apr 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) SP1 RTM
 
 

It is likely to be one of a few things.

System memory not stable.
Timeout Detection Recovery that doesn't recover.
GPU teperature.
Failing PSU.

Personally I think it is your system memory. As you said it runs in XP, which can only address at best 3.25GB
Mixing memory is never a good idea and causes system instability. Remove the 2GB G skill. leaving just the 4GB kingston. Is the kingston 2 x 2GB? If it is 2 x 2GB. make sure the sticks are in the correct positions for dual channel. Enter the BIOS and set the memory timmings manually for that memory.
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