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[GUIDE] NVIDIA VBIOS flashing

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List of all nvflash (DOS) commands (as of version 5.117):


NVIDIA Firmware Update Utility (Version 5.117)

-- Primary Commands --
Update firmware: nvflash [options] <filename>
Save firmware to file: nvflash [options] --save <filename>
Compare adapter firmware: nvflash [options] --compare <filename>
Verify adapter firmware: nvflash [options] --verify <filename>
Update TV data: nvflash [options] --tv <filename>
Display version: nvflash [options] --version [<filename>]
Display firmware bytes: nvflash [options] --display [bytes]
Check for supported EEPROM: nvflash [options] --check
Write protect EEPROM: nvflash [options] --protecton
Remove write protect: nvflash [options] --protectoff
Change soft straps: nvflash [options] --straps=<straps>
Set IEEE 1394 GUID: nvflash [options] --guid=<guid>
Set IEEE 1394 GUID source: nvflash [options] --guidsource=<location>
List adapters: nvflash [options] --list
List PCI firmware blocks: nvflash [options] --pciblocks
List applied patches: nvflash [options] --listpatches
Press 'Enter' to continue, or 'Q' to quit.

-- Commands and Options --
help ? Display this screen.
save b <filename> Read EEPROM and save to <filename>.
compare k <filename> Read EEPROM and compare with <filename>.
verify h <filename> Verify <filename> matches EEPROM if flashed.
tv x <filename> Transfer TV data from file to EEPROM.
version v <filename> Display file version and ~CRC32
(if no filename, acts on display adapter).
listpatches Display list of runtime ROM pack patches
applied at boot (primary only).
display d [bytes] Display 256 the first bytes of the EEPROM
(default is 256 bytes)
check c Check for supported EEPROM.
protecton w Write protect EEPROM (only on some EEPROM's).
protectoff r Remove EEPROM write protect (only on some EEPROM's).
straps m <straps> Change soft straps.
format is: AND Mask 0, OR Mask 0, AND Mask 1, OR Mask 1
Press 'Enter' to continue, or 'Q' to quit.
guid q <guid> Set the IEEE 1394 GUID in the firmware image
(GUID is in the form of 16 hex digits).
guidsource 1 <location> Set the source of the IEEE 1394 GUID.
main - main EEPROM image
dedicated - separate serial EEPROM part
list a List all NVIDIA display adapters found in the system.
pciblocks List all the PCI ROM Images stored in the EEPROM.
upgradeonly Only allow upgrading of firmware based on version.
overridetype 5 Allow firmware and adapter PCI device ID mismatch.
overridesub 6 Allow firmware and adapter PCI subsystem ID mismatch.
reboot y Reboot the PC after other tasks completed.
keepstraps g Keep the soft straps already present in the EEPROM
after flashing the new image.
romstrap j Override the ROM strap setting to allow flashing an
image when grounding the STRAP_SUB_VENDOR pin.
This allows flashing a corrupted or erased EEPROM.
Note: Make sure there is a physical EEPROM present
when using this option
index i <index> Force a specific device index.
filterdevid f <value>[,<mask>] Filter device list by device ID and optional mask.
fwindex F <fw index> Index of which firmware image to use from a firmware
bundle.
auto A When possible, run without user intervention.
directpci n Bypass the PCI BIOS.
Press 'Enter' to continue, or 'Q' to quit.
silence s Silence all audio beeps.
beep ! Beep to signal updating progress.
nolight l Do not light keyboard LEDs.
override o <level> Override safety check level:
default unknown EEPROM | NV adapter aborts application.
level=1 unknown EEPROM acceptable for read operations.
level=2 unknown NV adapter acceptable for read operations.
level=3 Combined effect of 1,2 (cannot write to unknown EEPROM or adapter).
log L <log file> Create a log file.

Use a single dash ("-") to use the single letter version of a command.
Use a double dash ("--") to use the longer descriptive version of a command.
Use equals ("=") to specify parameters, with separating commas (",").

-- Sample Usage --
nvflash --index=1 nv30nz.rom
Press 'Enter' to continue, or 'Q' to quit.
-- Supported EEPROM's --
AMD AM29LV001B 128Kx8 2.7vV, 1B page, 16k blk, ID=(01,006D)
AMD AM29LV010 128Kx8 2.7vV, 1B page, 16k blk, ID=(01,006E)
AMD AM29LV001T 128Kx8 2.7vV, 1B page, 16k blk, ID=(01,00ED)
Atmel AT49F512 64Kx8 5.0,3.0,2.7V, 1B page, 0k blk, ID=(1F,0003)
Atmel AT49F001T 128Kx8 5.0V, 1B page, 0k blk, ID=(1F,0004)
Atmel AT49F001 128Kx8 5.0V, 1B page, 0k blk, ID=(1F,0005)
Atmel AT49BV/LV010 128Kx8 2.7-3.6V, 1B page, 0k blk, ID=(1F,0017)
Atmel AT29LV/BV010A 128Kx8 3.0V, 128B page, 0k blk, ID=(1F,0035)
Atmel AT29LV512 64Kx8 3.0V, 128B page, 0k blk, ID=(1F,003D)
Atmel AT25F1024 1024Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 32k blk, ID=(1F,0040)
Atmel AT29C512 64Kx8 5.0V, 128B page, 0k blk, ID=(1F,005D)
Atmel AT25F1024 1024Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 32k blk, ID=(1F,0060)
Atmel AT25F2048 2048Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 64k blk, ID=(1F,0063)
Atmel AT25F512 512Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 128B page, 32k blk, ID=(1F,0065)
Atmel AT49F010 128Kx8 5.0V, 1B page, 0k blk, ID=(1F,0087)
Atmel AT29C010A 128Kx8 5.0V, 128B page, 0k blk, ID=(1F,00D5)
Atmel AT25DF021 2048Kx1S 2.3-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(1F,4300)
Atmel AT25DF041 4096Kx1S 2.3-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(1F,4401)
Atmel AT25FS010 1024Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(1F,6601)
ST M25P05 512Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 128B page, 32k blk, ID=(20,0005)
ST M25P10 1024Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 128B page, 32k blk, ID=(20,0010)
ST M29W512B 64Kx8 2.7-3.6V, 1B page, 0k blk, ID=(20,0027)
Press 'Enter' to continue, or 'Q' to quit.
Num M25P10-A 1024Kx1S 2.3-3.6V, 256B page, 32k blk, ID=(20,2011)
AMIC A25L512 512Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(37,3010)
AMIC A25L010 1024Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(37,3011)
AMIC A25L020 2048Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(37,3012)
XLNX XCF128XFTG64C 8192Kx16 9.5,8.5,2.0,1.7V, 8B page, 128k blk, ID=(49,016B)
Tenx ICE25P05 512Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 128B page, 32k blk, ID=(5E,0001)
PMC Pm25LD512 512Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(7F,9D20)
PMC Pm25LD010 1024Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(7F,9D21)
PMC Pm25LD020 2024Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(7F,9D22)
PMC Pm39LV512 64Kx8 3.0-3.6V, 1B page, 4k blk, ID=(9D,001B)
PMC Pm39LV010 128Kx8 3.0-3.6V, 1B page, 4k blk, ID=(9D,001C)
PMC Pm25LV512 512Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(9D,007B)
PMC Pm25LV010 1024Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(9D,007C)
SST SST29EE010 128Kx8 5.0V, 128B page, 0k blk, ID=(BF,0007)
SST SST29LE/VE010 128Kx8 2.9,2.7V, 128B page, 0k blk, ID=(BF,0008)
SST SST29LE/VE512 64Kx8 2.9,2.7V, 128B page, 0k blk, ID=(BF,003D)
SST SST45VF010 1024Kx1S 3.0-3.6V, 1B page, 4k blk, ID=(BF,0042)
SST SST25LF020 2048Kx1S 3.0-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(BF,0043)
SST SST25LF040 4096Kx1S 3.0-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(BF,0044)
SST SST25VF512 512Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(BF,0048)
SST SST25VF010 1024Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(BF,0049)
SST SST29EE512 64Kx8 5.0V, 128B page, 0k blk, ID=(BF,005D)
SST SST39SF010 128Kx8 5.0V, 1B page, 4k blk, ID=(BF,00B5)
SST SST39VF512 64Kx8 2.7-3.6V, 1B page, 4k blk, ID=(BF,00D4)
Press 'Enter' to continue, or 'Q' to quit.
SST SST39VF010 128Kx8 2.7-3.6V, 1B page, 4k blk, ID=(BF,00D5)
MX MX29F001T 128Kx8 5.0V, 1B page, 0k blk, ID=(C2,0018)
MX MX29F001B 128Kx8 5.0V, 1B page, 0k blk, ID=(C2,0019)
MX MX25L512 512Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(C2,2010)
MX MX25L1005 1024Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(C2,2011)
MX MX25L2005 2048Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(C2,2012)
MX MX25L4005A 4096Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(C2,2013)
GD GD25Q512 512Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 32k blk, ID=(C8,4010)
GD GD25Q10 1024Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 64k blk, ID=(C8,4011)
GD GD25Q20 2048Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 64k blk, ID=(C8,4012)
GD GD25Q40 4096Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 64k blk, ID=(C8,4013)
WBond W39L010 128Kx8 3.3V, 1B page, 4k blk, ID=(DA,0031)
WBond W39L512 64Kx8 3.3V, 1B page, 4k blk, ID=(DA,0038)
WBond W29C011A 128Kx8 5.0V, 128B page, 0k blk, ID=(DA,00C1)
WBond W29EE512 64Kx8 5.0V, 128B page, 0k blk, ID=(DA,00C8)
WBond W25X10A 1024Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(EF,3011)
WBond W25X20A 2048Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(EF,3012)
WBond W25X40A 4096Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(EF,3013)
WBond W25X80A 8192Kx1S 2.7-3.6V, 256B page, 4k blk, ID=(EF,3014)

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Excellent guide, I might end up with a 680m soon and was planning to try some of your awesome vbioses for the Dell card. I have flashed my 580m before but this is a very handy guide since I don't flash often enough to remember.

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Great guide, I did everything up to backing up my vbios. Next step would be flashing the new one (one of your's :) ) Is nvflash "-6" <name.rom> sufficiant? Why do some other users recommend "-4 -5 -6", what is the difference?

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Check the second post, all commands can be found there. -5 allows to override the card type, which generally is a stupid idea. -4 isn't listed anymore, I'm not sure whether it's still valid, but I guess that was to force the flash.

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Downloaded nvflash_windows_5.118 a while ago just to do this. I used "nvflash -5 -6 filename.ROM" on my M18xR2 and it worked like a charm. Didn't even need the USB drive, just used CMD from the start menu and navigated to the folder on my C drive where my files were located. When it detects SLI the command will ask to confirm each card (0,1) and flashes the first card followed by the 2nd. Rebooted and all was well.

BTW: @svl7 - Any indication of when we can see a fresh vBIOS for the Dell 680M? Don't mean to rush you or anything, but I'm itching to find out what this beast is capable of.

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Hi, Im using a clevo 680m on my m17x r2. I've tried flashing my card with one of the clevo vbios that you have provided in another thread. However i kept ending up with "I/O ERROR: Cannot open file: vbiosname.rom am i doing something wrong here?

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Hi, and welcome to T|I!

In DOS there's an eight character file name limit, as stated in the first post. You mustn't use names which aren't longer than 8 characters (excluding the extension).

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Hi all, i'm on a clevo p170Em trying to flash this in the dos envirement with a usb pen. It works if i flash a bios for the clevo or EC but not with nvflash :( i try the first command to list the adapters and does nothing, simply hungs up. For this i haven't risked to flash. Can someone help? Thx in advance

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Did you use the latest version?

Clevo machines are weird, if I remember correctly you can't flash the 7970m either in this system. Ask your vendor about the reason for this... it definitely sucks.

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svl7, why 630m gt is not recognized?

Because the card is soldered to the mobo, the vbios is part of the bios.

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I'm doing SLI and I could use a little help on the commands to do each card. Like first this command then this type of info. I'm sorry that I don't fully understand the directions

EDIT: Nevermind!! I'm just a little antsy and didn't read past the part I was unsure about until now :) Sorry moderator

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Because the card is soldered to the mobo, the vbios is part of the bios.

does this mean the only method available is to flash with windows?

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No, that means the only method that works is to flash the whole bios. You can't flash the vbios separately in your case. At least I don't know how to do this for Insyde firmware, for AMI bios there might be a way which could work, but this isn't relevant for you.

Your vbios is part of the bios, therefore you need to flash the whole bios. The windows version of Insydeflash which I included with my mod works fine. There's also a DOS version but I'd just go ahead and flash with the one I included.

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So since the G75 660m isn't soldered, this should work? Would it be possible to flash that modded Dell 1000MHz vBIOS?

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So since the G75 660m isn't soldered, this should work? Would it be possible to flash that modded Dell 1000MHz vBIOS?

Nope, the vbios is part of the bios in the G75, I already modified it. It won't flash with the usual tools though, but I think I know a possible solution. If you're interested, let me know.

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Oh I'm very interested please! I bought a G75VW-BBK5 for college, and I'm dual-booting Kubuntu with W7, but there aren't any Nvidia overclocking utilities for Linux. The laptop works quite well because it doesn't have Optimus (so no Bumblebee craziness) but getting some better performance out of it would be great, as 1080p can be difficult to drive even with the binaries.

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I see... I only removed the software OC limit if I remember correctly... won't help you in this case, at least not for Linux. I can set higher clocks when I find time.

Didn't know it doesn't come with Optimus... Asus finally did something good with their G series, hahaha.

Regarding overclocking per software, wasn't there nvclock (or whatever it was called)? Or doesn't this work anymore for Kepler?

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I've not been able to get it working, and it hasn't been updated in quite some time, so there wasn't even really support for Fermi.

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I'm on a gtx 570m 1,5gb and before I upgrade to a kepler card I was wondering the safest and most stable clocks for mine.

I've already modified the BIOS using Nibitor and flashed, my current settings are v0.9 core 800 and memory is set to deffault 1500. And temps are 36C idle and max load is 81isch.

So how much can I push this card?

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I have a GTX 680M 4GB on a P150EM. However, I'm not exactly sure which of the vBIOS to choose. I'm aiming for a nice mixture of decent temperatures with unlocked performance.

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I'm on a gtx 570m 1,5gb and before I upgrade to a kepler card I was wondering the safest and most stable clocks for mine.

I've already modified the BIOS using Nibitor and flashed, my current settings are v0.9 core 800 and memory is set to deffault 1500. And temps are 36C idle and max load is 81isch.

So how much can I push this card?

We have the same card.

My current settings also 0.90v but with 825 core and 1800 memory. But I've seen other guy @ NBR forum with 0.90v, 840ish core and 1900 memory :)

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