How to BIOS Flash an MSI 8600 GTS Video Card

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The MSI 8600 GTS is an Nvidia-based mid-range graphics card that features 289 million transistors and a memory bandwidth of 32 gigabytes per second. The video BIOS can be thought of as a micro-operating system on the graphics card. The video BIOS activates the 8600 GTS upon receiving power, and prior to your main operating system taking control of the card. Flashing the BIOS of a graphics card, the equivalent of installing a driver update for your other computer peripherals, can allow you access more features of the video card.

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Things you need

  • Blank 1.44 HD floppy disk

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    Navigate to the Bootdisk website (see Resources). Click on the "DOS 6.22" link to download the DOS boot disk file. Insert the blank 1.44 HD floppy disk into your computer. Run the downloaded executable file to turn the floppy disk into a DOS boot disk.

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    Download and install the Nvflash executable file (see Resources). Download the new BIOS file for the MSI 8600 GT video card (see Resources). Copy the Nvflash executable and the BIOS file to the floppy disk by dragging and dropping the files onto the "A drive" under "My Computer."

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    Reboot your computer with the boot disk inserted. Your computer will arrive at a DOS prompt. Type "A:" then hit enter. Type "nvflash.exe -b backup.rom" to create a back up file of your video card's current BIOS.

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    Type "nvflash -p -u -f X," where X is the name of the BIOS file you downloaded. Press the "Enter" key on your keyboard. Your old BIOS will be updated, or flashed, to the newer BIOS file.

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