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Recently got a GTX980M shipped in from China that doesn't seem to like my laptop, leaves ugly broken lines all over the screen as soon as the Nvidia driver is enabled.  Been trying hard to find a modded VBios and got lucky in finding the Prema GTX980M V2 on some dodgy Chinese site since everywhere else is a dead end including Prema's site which only has a form for signing up to some newsletter, but on enabling the driver resulted in a white screen and crashed the laptop (tried also plugging in a HDMI monitor in case it just wasn't working with the LCD but also no luck.)  Can't find out how to access the VBios to set it up, pressing F2 only goes to the default Bios that's already installed on the laptop, so we're thinking maybe we also need Prema's P771ZM Bios but can't find this anywhere.

 

This is just guesswork, we've hit a wall on everything we've tried outside of returning the gfx card and labeling it as faulty, but that's not a practical option for us as the cost of shipping it back to China will be too much and would mean a 2 month wait for a replacement with no guarantee that one would work also.  Would love help in locating Prema's P77xZM Bios or at least help in kicking some life into this card if anyone's come across this kind of issue before and knows how to fix it.

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I can't send you a PM yet with your account, but I have the 8gb 980m vBIOS (Prema v2) that I could send you - not sure if it will help the problem though as it sounds more like an issue with the card with the broken lines, etc.

 

The stock BIOS should be able to recognise the card as the P771ZM was released with the 9xxm series.

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Oh thank you, and yes I'm pretty sure the card is busted although my husband seems to think if he can underclock it then maybe it'll at least work although I won't be able to get full benefit from the card and I can limp along with that for a couple of years until the laptop fries that one.

 

The stock BIOS does recognise the card and the VBios, there's just no way we can get to set it up, or we're hitting the wrong button or missing something really obvious.

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Was promoted today and was able to download the GTX 980M BIOS from the site, haven't yet tried it but gonna give it a shot tomorrow.  Still no joy in finding the P77xZM BIOS though, hoping Prema reads his tweets as I sent him a message on Twitter in a hopes he might be able to help us.

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Well no joy with the VBIOS from this site, it's the same mess of lines.  What my husband also just found out today is that the cards are not built to a specific standard, we need to get a specific card that's built to work with this specific board, so we could go through several before finding one that's compatible.  He doesn't know what to do.  We're not even sure if the P77xZM mod will help anymore.

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What was the card you were using before this 980m? Are you able to put the original card back in and see if there's the same problem with the lines?

 

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Same model card.  If the original card goes back in the machine won't even start up, instead the power button flicks and you can hear a clicking noise but nothing happens.  It just happened one day, was in the middle of doing something when I heard what sounded like a spark and the machine shut itself down.  It's exactly the same thing that happened 2 years ago and from what we could gather PC Specialist replaced the motherboard, I don't know if they replaced the gfx card too.  Now it's no longer in warranty so we can't send it back to them.

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