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djdblaster

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  1. Unfortunately I don't have a way to flash the cards at the moment, unless I buy the programmer, but I'd like to hear opinions on it and some recommendations. The thing with the original Clevo 7970M driver is that when installed and laptop restarts, I see the Windows loading screen and it goes black then with the underscore blinking in top left corner. Other than that, the GPU is recognized normally in BIOS, Safe Mode and even when I install the drivers in Windows before restarting it. So, could it be that there is something blown on the GPU which can be replaced?
  2. I don't have a way to flash 7970M Rev. 1.1. so I was thinking of getting EEPROM programmer and doing it that way? Good idea? I could probably also have some use of it in future I guess. P.S. I've made a typo in title. Should be XMG P702 Pro.
  3. Ok, back with updates. Games were not played. I did everything except 3D rendering. It was a quick check-up. (Talking about testing in AW) As for the drivers, I entered Windows, drivers were already removed before. I disabled 7970M in Device Manager and proceeded with latest Crimson driver installation setup. Halfway through the installation I get black screen with top left blinking underscore and after that just black screen. I didn't force shut down it, it's been working like this for 5 minutes so far. Should I try other drivers? I read the other thread you linked @sirana, but I'm not sure about the correct steps. Or it doesn't matter?
  4. Hello guys, I've got 2 graphics cards - 7970M's. I believe one card is Revision 1.1 and the other one is Revision 1.2 because it has double row of capacitors as described here: http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/amd-hd-7970m-revision-through-software.788469/ Laptop is XMG P702 Pro (P170EM). I bought it with 7970M (Rev 1.2) from a guy who said he played a game and laptop just went BSOD. Since then, the card doesn't work properly. Win 8 was installed, I removed it and installed Windows 7 so it's easier to boot in Safe Mode. Things I have tried so far: - with XMG BIOS (version 1.02.17) 1) BIOS recognizes the GPU - 7970M 2) Safe Mode works, I see the GPU, if drivers installed it is 7970M, if not, then Standard VGA Graphics Adapter, I can run DDU no problem 3) Windows detects the GPU under Display Adapters as Standard VGA Graphics Adapter 4) I have tried different AMD drivers, some of them install the drivers with no problems in Windows and the GPU shows as 7970M with no warnings or such, some show black screen during installation. Clevo 7970M.zip (believe driver is 9.1.0.0) package from Clevo website installs normally and during Windows loading screen, I see the mouse and after few seconds I see the black screen with top left underscore blinking. I also hear the Windows welcome sound. (Tested with Teamviewer autostart from my PC, I see the desktop, but it's like Minecraft, whenever I drag mouse around, it creates some blocks) - with latest PREMA BIOS (version 1.02.17PM v2) 1) After installing Clevo 7970M.zip driver, laptop boots to Windows and 7970M shows Code 43 in Device Manager. 2) Safe Mode works, DDU too, 7970M shows up when drivers installed, Standard VGA Graphics Adapter when not installed. Now with the second 7970M... Revision 1.1. 1) doesn't pass POST screen with old BIOS 2) doesn't pass POST screen with PREMA BIOS (I press F2 and it shows as selected, but just hangs on it at that moment) 3) laptop starts beeping and shutdowns Note: 7970M has been tested in Alienware 17 R1, BIOS shows 7970M, Windows show 7970M, drivers installed, all good. Question: does Rev. 1.1 work in P170EM? If so, could it be wrong VBIOS? P.S. After checking out physically 7970M Rev. 1.2, I found everything to be messy around the double row of capacitors, especially one bridge so I decided to remove it and make everything clean, but later I found in the first link I posted, there should actually be a bridge? Acted too fast, stupid... (I have quality soldering station, hot air station and microscope). I didn't examine the GPU at first, I tried all the methods above, didn't work, then I proceeded with desoldering the bridge and trying again the GPU. Didn't work either. I can resolder the bridge if necessary? I can give you pictures from the GPU's, VBIOS or anything else that you might think could be useful. If it turns out 7970M Rev. 1.1 needs another VBIOS, I was thinking of getting EEPROM Programmer, desoldering the GPU BIOS chip and flashing new (compatible) one to it. Ideas? P.S. #2 if anyone could drop a hint on what to physically check on the 7970M Rev. 1.2, that would be great. I googled the black screen problem and could it be that voltage regulator is blown? I don't mind resoldering another one.
  5. Hello, I got a new motherboard for this laptop. Installed and 7 beeps. I remember saving M17X R3 with BIOS Recovery. Also had 7 beeps and wouldn't POST. Is there a way to do the same with 17 R1? BIOS files on USB, plug in, hold keys and so on.?
  6. Hello, are these 2 compatible? I'm having hard time getting the GPU to work.
  7. Hey, thanks for the message. I put the card aside due to the no available laptop to test it in. As soon as I get the one, I will test it again and hopefully flash with MSI VBIOS. (Although somehow believe it doesn't anymore, but let's try.) You're not able to upload it?
  8. Hey, actually no. I haven't re-programmed it. It still says Error 43. At the moment, I don't have any laptops to try it. When I get a chance, I will definitely try.
  9. I've got the same thing, but my 7970M heats up.
  10. As far as I know, 9xxM series don't work due to UEFI. Sorry.
  11. Well, it worked for me. I got the pack and found screws that fit with heads. They are not as original, but hey, they do their job - which is to hold the heatsink in the place. Works for me. Have you managed to secure it?
  12. I've bought a pack of screws from China and found ones that fit perfect.
  13. Did you follow the guide on how to install 7970M in R3?
  14. Yes, it is. 980M works on AW17 R1.
  15. Arctic MX-4. As far as I remember, I've tighten the screws really good. As for the paste, I spread it with a credit card, along the whole chip, nice and thin. Dont tell me I need to put more? Edit: would it be possible to make DIY mod with copper wire? Make a bridge between GPU and CPU heatsinks?
  16. Hello all, after successful upgrade from 670M to 970M, I want to eliminate high temperatures. I'm using 670M heatsink (I prefer to stick with it) which has been modded a little bit. GPU idling at 30-33 C. I hit 88 C in Far Cry 4, max settings. This is with the laptop sitting on the table. I will report back new temperatures after using laptop cooler. Does anyone have an idea how to bring temps down? (except new heatsink)
  17. I have modded 670M heatsink to fit 970M and it is 'good' for now. I hit 88 C in Far Cry 4 on max settings. I will use laptop cooler and report how that works.
  18. I have an updated VBIOS if that interests you.
  19. Force flashed the EC using '-e' command in batch file. 970M fully working now with Nvidia 355.73. I do hit high temperatures like 88 C, but that is another problem. Note for other users! Laptop is MSI whitebook MS 16F3. I don't know if generic EC will work on models from other retailers. Admin: please mark thread as solved! Thanks!
  20. Update 1! The GPU is not dead since the laptop fan doesn't run 100% speed. I can read the GPU in Device Manager and install drivers without a problem. I flashed the GPU from the link above. Went nice and smooth. The version is now 84.04.22.00.08. All good there. However, I might suspect on one thing... There were 2 things that one has to do in order to get 9xxM series work: modify heatsink and update BIOS. I modded heatsink and updated BIOS to 51x version, but I never updated EC. So could old EC be a problem? I see people writing something like T18. My EC: 16F3EG61 Ver.4.08 EC date: 06/04/2012 Update 2! Tried updating EC to T18 and got this message: ENE Flash Utility V0.30, Aug 15 2011, 15:22:53 LCK* Target board FileName is different ! EC is 16F3EMS1.T18
  21. After installing all drivers and latest Nvidia driver 355.60, I cannot get to desktop after restarting laptop. It shows mouse cursor and flashes WiFi icon in bottom left corner. Running NVflash tool in DOS mode shows there is no Nvidia adapter. Could it be that my 970M is too new? Can I flash it in Windows to older MSI VBIOS and maybe get it to work correctly?
  22. My VBIOS is: 84.04.35.00.16. GPU is MSI version. Edit: Did Windows 8.1 reinstall. I'm currently downloading drivers as well as Nvidia driver from their Nvidia official website. Will post how it went.
  23. As title says, 16F3 laptop here with 970M. Updated motherboard BIOS to support latest GPU's - success. Modded 670M heatsink to fit 970M - success. Card is MSI 970M 3GB. I can install drivers directly from Nvidia website, but there is a slight problem. I cannot make 970M run any 3D stuff. 970M draws 75W just like 670M. I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit updated to May 2015. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
  24. Alright, came back with some good news. Had a chance to grab 670M for a moment and installed in M17X R3. Worked right away without changing anything in BIOS. This says my MXM slot is working. Good. Now onto 7970M and AW 17. Hope I don't get any erros in Windows. I will report back more.
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