ATI Crossfire on Asus Striker Extreme

Discussion in 'Overclocking, Cooling & Modding' started by ianho, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. ianho

    ianho Newbie

    I'm sure many of guys have read about the unique HP Blackbird running ATI Crossfire on a Nvidia SLI mobo. It's unique coz Crossfire does not work on SLI mobos but HP has a special BIOS which allows it.

    I had NBTD n decided to do this just now. I just flashed my Striker Extreme with the HP VooDoo Blackbird BIOS. Everything works perfectly after the flash. I can now choose to run my rig with SLI or Crossfire.

    As u can see in this pic, the startup screen is no longer the Asus ROG screen. It's now replaced by the HP logo. :clap:


    Screenshots of Nvidia Console with System Information showing the motherboard to be a Striker-HP. CPUz shows it with BIOS 5.05

    Disclaimer: Dont blame me if ur rather expensive mobo dies on u during the flash. U do it at ur own risk.

    Attached Files:

  2. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    This is interesting! hahaha

    But you are still using 8800GTX?
  3. ianho

    ianho Newbie

    Ya I just flashed it this morning. Still using the 8800GTX in SLI. I have an ATI3870 in hand right now, waiting for sum1 to lend me their 3870 so I can try it out in Crossfire mode. :)
  4. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Wow.. That is interesting!!

    Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get hold of a 3870 yet. :(
  5. Hi Ian/Adrian

    I read with interest on this post

    Well, I took the plunge and flash mine with HP BB BIOS 5.06 that was recently released and installation of Vista 32-bit was fine.

    However, when I tried to install the BB Nvidia driver, it reported error msg that my system does not meet the (hardware?) requirement. BB Networking driver installed without problem but the same error msg was reported on the BB drivers for Soundmax, SATA etc. One finding was that after I installed the Soundmax driver from Asus SE, I did manage to install the BB Soundmax driver over it but not for the BB SATA and Nvidia drivers.

    BTW I am using 9600GT SLI and not sure if I need to use 8800GTX or Ultra as in the original setup and that the error msg is telling me that the new 9600GT SLI is not supported.

    After googling for weeks, it was also reported that you need the BB ATI or Nvidia drivers and the trick to use newer ATI gfx is to update only the driver but leave the CCC untouched. However, I need to be able to install the BB gfx drivers in the first place!

    Look forward to some good news on getting their DIY BB running or confirmation that I should give up trying due to some unknown hardware restriction that HP BB has that prevent this.


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    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 9, 2008
  6. generalRage1982hrv

    generalRage1982hrv ARP Reviewer

    hehehehhe nice
    i have one request could you send me a driver disc you have (if you have it for a HP blackbird)
    (upload it to net over rapidshare please, that would help me allot)
    any way i know some things how to run sli on cross board but
    well i need HP original drivers (and those special addon you have in bios is two peg pcie so you can run it like that all new asus boards haves it but the problem is missing string in drivers)
    or just upload bios here so i can take a look on it
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2008
  7. Hi GeneralRage,

    Bios, ATI driver, Nvidia driver etc. are available here:


    Let me know if you think the gfx drivers are card specific and hence the error msg when I tried to install with 9600GT SLI when only 8800gtx, Ultra and 2900xt are officially supported.

    Will get my 8800gtx SLI setup this week to try again.


  8. generalRage1982hrv

    generalRage1982hrv ARP Reviewer

    well bios iso img is protected
  9. Hi GeneralRage,

    Newbie here and not sure what is meant by your statement on "bios iso img is protected". I downloaded the BIOS 5.06 which is an execution file, run it and it created a CD which I used to flash my Asus SE with.

    Tried to PM Ian and Adrain but no response if they had successfully verified that such std Asus SE can run ATI after flash to HP BB's BIOS.

    My problem is that I cannot install the HP provided BB's Nvidia driver with the msg like "The system does not meet the hardware requirement etc....". But since it was reportedly said by HP that there is no hardware difference in the mobos, I hope it is due to my use of newer 9600GT SLI that is the reported hardware issue.

    Will update my progress with reinstallation of HP BB's Nvidia driver from HP sites with 8800gtx sli this weekend.

    Any further advice would be most appreciated.


    [email protected]
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 11, 2008
  10. generalRage1982hrv

    generalRage1982hrv ARP Reviewer

    i see you also have issues with duble/quad posting hahaahha
    any way if you can send me only bios file from that cd to [email protected] please do that
    i need to see a string that enables sli/cross option
  11. generalRage1982hrv

    generalRage1982hrv ARP Reviewer

    i see you also have issues with duble/quad posting hahaahha
    any way if you can send me only bios file from that cd to [email protected] please do that
    i need to see a string that enables sli/cross option
  12. Thats pretty cool nice work...I have an alienware ALX it works with anything so I don't have that problem but way to get around factory spec!
  13. detoren

    detoren Newbie

    how did this end cos i am stuck with my striker and i have 2 4800 in my house i have 4870 my son has 4850 i woold like to create a pawning crossfire on my striker ? how did this end and do you guys know if i am able to flash my bios back to my 1801 that i have now ?
  14. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    detoren, I think you posted your question in a dedicated thread (, so let's just discuss there. Thanks! :)
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2009
  15. shaun123

    shaun123 Newbie

    i was thinking about flashing my board but if i flash it to try things out can i flash it back to the non HP bios?
  16. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Yes, if the first BIOS flash works. Otherwise, you will have to resort to something radical like a BIOS hot flash.
  17. Hello do you still have the blackbird drivers? v.5.05?
    I know it's a bit late XD
    But i want to try a Quad Crossfire on a Asus striker extreme

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