Question How similar are different mfrs' BIOS for same model cards?

jhsachs

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Some advice, please, for a person who is planning to flash a graphics card's BIOS for the first time.

The card is from NVIDIA. I can't find a BIOS for it, but I have found a BIOS for the same model card made by HP.

I know that the HP card is based on the NVIDIA chipset, and so must be architecturally very similar. But what does this mean for the BIOS? Is it going to be the same except for the copyright notice and power-on message and perhaps other trivial differences? Or is it liable to be different in ways that would impair its usefulness to me?

This may sound odd, but I'm not concerned that the reflashed card won't work at all. It doesn't work now, but I believe the BIOS is corrupted and I hope that reflashing will fix it. If the experiment fails completely -- well, I'll have tried and I'll have lost nothing. I'm more concerned that it will appear to work, but will have problems that are troublesome and difficult to identify.
 

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I identified the card by looking up the part number on the back. It's a Quadro P1000.

GPU-Z does not recognize it. It leaves the "card type" field empty. The card works with Ubuntu's Nouveau driver and the Windows generic driver, but I cannot install NVIDIA drivers. That's why I believe the BIOS is corrupted. I can get a CPU-Z screen shot if it's useful anyway, but probably not until the weekend.
 

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