If you have Samsung (2.8, 3.0 or 3.3ns) memory on your Hercules 9800 (none pro) videocard, then follow this guide to boost the performance and flash yourself a Hercules 9800 Pro!
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This is how I flashed my Hercules 3D prophet 9800 None Pro to a 9800 Pro.
IMPORTANT : You need to have Samsung (2.8, 3.0 or 3.3ns) in order to flash you're video card correctly. Ask your vendor or look at the labels on your video card. All Hercules 3D prophet 9800np cards seem to have Samsung 3.3ns memory.
Here we go:
1. Created a DOS boot disk (DOS 6.22, to be exact).
If you can't make a DOS boot disk download here.
2. Created a second floppy disk with the Flashrom program and the 98-8004.BIN file.
To download the Flashrom program, the 9800 Pro BIOS and necessary files click here
Remember to copy the 98-8004.BIN file to the floppy disk containing the Flashrom program.
3. I made a batch file with a command to restore the backup of my current bios.
In case I have no picture after the flash. I only have to reboot using the dos disk, change it with the flashrom disk and type "restore" or "restore.bat" (keep in mind that it is in qwerty)
Typed command for restoring in notepad:
flashrom -p 0 original.bin -->That's a ZERO before the "original"
Stored the file on the flashrom floppy as "restore.bat"
4. Before rebooting my computer, I removed my video card in the hardware device panel (my Radeon clock speeds where at default settings)
5. Insert the DOS 6.22 boot disk.
6. Once I reached the A: prompt, I took out the DOS disk and replaced it with the floppy containing Flashrom.
7. I made a backup of the current bios. The command for backing up your "original" BIOS is:
flashrom -s 0 original.bin -->That's a ZERO before the "original"
Press enter and it will be saved on the flashrom-floppy
8. Flashing my card to Radeon 9800 Pro. At the A: prompt, I typed:
flashrom -p 0 98-8004.BIN ->That's a ZERO before the "98-8004.BIN"
Press enter and wait a few moments, don't turn of your PC!
9. Once I received the message notifying of the successful flash, I rebooted my computer. IMPORTANT, use the key combination ctrl-alt-del. Don't press the reset button!
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