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    Tweaking the bios on your card

    Just so you guys know that it can be done without mishap, I found some very good info at this site
    http://www.x-bios.3dgames.ru/index.php

    on modifying the bios on my Gainward Geforce3 Ti200. I wanted to lose Nvmax (the less programs running in the background the better) and wanted to do two things. 1) overclock the core and memory from the card's bios and 2) enable sidebanding.

    Using the tools in their "downloads" section, I was able to copy my current bios and save it. Then adjust the appropriate settings and reflash it. It worked like a charm without any side-effects whatsoever. But, as always, proceed at your own risk. Just because it worked for me doesn't me you won't have trouble.

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    Flashing my Radeon 8500's BIOS worked well for me too. I was a little reluctant at first but my aprehension quickly disappeared when I found out how simple and effective it was. I replaced the OEM BIOS with a Retail one, giving a 275/275MHz default clock and less agressive memory timings. This complemented the voltage mod I did at the time. Check it out here. Next move will be to write custom one and flash that for a 300/300MHz default clockspeed.

    I would encourage more people to look into BIOS flashing as a means of setting a good overclock "in concrete".

    MuFu.

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    I agree. I wasn't that apprehensive since all I was doing was "modifying" my current bios. If it didn't work I could always reflash with the original. While Nvmax was nice, having it "hard coded" into the card makes me feel a lot better.

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    PIII 1GHZ @ 1071
    ASUS CUSL2-C
    384MB Mushkin Rev3
    Gainward Geforce3 Ti200
    Adaptec 2940U2W SCSI Controller
    Seagate Cheetah X15 SCSI
    Plextor Plexwriter 12/10/32 SCSI
    Plextor 40Max SCSI
    Intel i5-2500K 3.3GHz
    Asus P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3
    8GB G.Skill RipJaws DDR3 1600
    EVGA GTX 570 HD 2560MB
    Crucial M4 128GB SSD
    Corsair HX 620W
    Win7 Pro 64-bit SP1

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