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Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2001 - 2:36 pm:   

The other day i flashed my pci diamond monster fusion bios with a voodoo banshee sdram pci bios rom file and now it doesnt show any thing when I boot, just 3 beeps (AMI). so I took out the card and booted to let my built in s3 trio64V card let me boot to win98 so could find the problem. then i put the diamond card back in while the pc was on and I tried to re flash it with the normal diamond monstetr fusion rom but it says the bios is empty and it doesnt know what kind of board it is so it refuses to flash it. so now I cant play 3dfx games and I'm stuck with my 1 meg s3 trio64v+ built in card that is slower than molasses. PLEAS HELP, or tell me wher i can find a video bios flasher that will let me re flash an empty bios with out a vender ID or a card Id. post your answers here PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!
PS dont e-mail me , only if nessesary
V (Vera)
Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2001 - 4:53 pm:   


whhaaaat on earth made you flash with the bios from another card????

BIG no no


always turn off your system before you install ANY hardware.

i don't know of a fix for this

as far as i know, at this point the video card is unusable. the card needs a new bios chip

i hope someone else will have more helpful info for you

good luck
Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2001 - 6:17 pm:   

thanx for the support but I looked over some messages in the board and i think that may be the only way to fix it, but I am trying to look for a flash program that will flash the board bios with out looking for the id's and all because the video bios flasher that i have wont flash it unless it has a an Id # in the bios but the bios is enpty so, I'M SCREWED unless someone has that kind of video bios flasher and will post a link for it.
PS. I only flashed the dmf (diamond monster fusion) bios with a voodoo banshee rom because the DMF is a voodoo banshee chipset.
Posted on Saturday, September 15, 2001 - 10:47 am:   

This is a copy and paste from Bill' about using the Guillemot Banshee bios recovery after a bad flash so all credits to them. I have done it with a Creative Banshee AGP but haven't tried it with the PCI type.
Guillemot cards which went dead after a BIOS flash...

The official Guillemot procedure taken from a post on the Banshee newsgroup.
(Adam Field, Technical Manager, Guillemot Limited)

*This method reflashes the card with the NEW ROM. The idea is that repeating the process will cause it to work (Bill)

Put your old GFX card back in the PC and check that the PC is able to boot from a Floppy.
Then make a DOS boot disk and copy SGRAM.COM, GP_PCI.ROM (GP_AGP.ROM for AGP card), FLASH.EXE & DOS4GW.EXE from the c:\phoenix directory to the floppy and then create an autoexec.bat on the disk with 2 lines:


Replace the Phoenix card and boot from the floppy and your display should be

An alternative method taken from the Guillemot forum from Kyle.

*This method restores the original ROM saved as SAVE.ROM by the flash process (Bill)

Like several other people on this board, I followed the directions to update the BIOS with the ROM included with the RC4 drivers, and ended up with a dead card. After a lot of swearing, I was able to figure out a way to get it back. If you're fortunate enough to have access to a functioning video card, or better yet a 2nd computer, this might work for you.

1) Get your computer back to a point where you can work with it (i.e. put your old card back in).
2) Boot to DOS.
3) Format a bootable system disk.
4) Copy all the *.COM, *.EXE, and *.ROM files (from the Phoenix driver folder) onto the bootable system diskette (that would be, DOS4gw.exe, flash.exe,,,,
5) Rename the SAVE.ROM file on the diskette to gp_pci.ROM (or whatever the appropriate name is (gp_agp.ROM for an AGP card)
6) Create an AUTOEXEC.BAT file on the diskette with the line A:\PCI.COM in it.
7) Replace the Phoenix in the computer, insert the diskette in the drive, and reboot.

I did this, and I was able to get back to the old BIOS. Not sure whether to try RC4 again, but I guess what have I got to lose. Hope this helps out.
Posted on Saturday, September 15, 2001 - 10:57 am:   

The worst thing that could happen if you use a guillemot Banshee Bios is you have a working guillemot card. Otherwise, what do you have to lose?

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