Is my video card dead?
I have a two year-old video card, an EVGA 8800GTS 640 MB. I recently started experiencing artifacts and system crashes. I updated my drivers all the way and Windows Vista 32-bit to service pack 1, but the problem persists.
I'm starting to not think it is software related. I am seeing the artifacts even during system boot before Windows loads. Even while running Memtest80+ I see random characters on the screen. Memtest86+ shouldn't use Window's drivers, right? That would suggest a hardware problem, right?
Just want to make sure it's the video card before I send it back.
Also, how is EVGA's return service? I bought this PC from PC Club a couple years ago, but it seems they closed all their stores last year, so I assume there is no one there to take it back.