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NV17 | DEV_ID 0174 | v4.17.00.55.B4 anyone?


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Looking for BIOS for GeForce4 440 Go 64MB found in Dell Inspiron 8200 and Latitude C840.

I got this card as a replacement without drivers, so I tried the drivers at Dell.com, which required BIOS A06, so I tried to update with provided by Dell and found out that it's not compatible and no backup was made :)

Symptoms: display shows white dots at random places, garbage in text mode and Windows load vga-safe drivers.

Anyone willing to help to a backup-less looser? :)

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I found a friendly guy on the internet who dumped the BIOS off Latitude C840 from working Linux for me.

I am attaching the file which worked for my card nVidia GeForce4 440 Go DEV_ID 0174 (with 64MB):

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV17 [GeForce4 440 Go] (rev a3) (prog-if 00 [VGA])

Subsystem: Dell Unknown device 00d4

Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop+ ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B-

Status: Cap+ 66MHz+ UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-

Latency: 248 (1250ns min, 250ns max)

Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 11

Region 0: Memory at fc000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable)

Region 1: Memory at e0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable)

Region 2: Memory at dff80000 (32-bit, prefetchable)

[virtual] Expansion ROM at d8000000 [disabled]

Inside the file you will see:

NV17 MOBILE VGA BIOS Version Chip Rev A2

Random notes:

1) the revision seems to be different from mine (A3), but I did not see any problems so far

2) my card has Samsung video memory (versus earlier toasted Infeneon memory)

3) http://linuxbios.org/VGA_support describes how to dump video bios in linux.

4) to get nvidia_agp kernel module working with all 3D blows and whistles with nVidia's driver, I had to move away intel_agp.ko

5) to get 1600x1200 resolution properly working I had to override edid with yet another image..

6) dam, it's so complicated with nVidia versus open-source ATI, never ever buy nVidia unless they release opensource drivers.


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