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  1. I always boot up a Linux Live CD (such as Ubuntu), if it boots all the way and doesn’t crash then it’s safe to assume it’s a Windows problem.

    If it crashes, then it’s safe to assume a hardware problem.

    Doing that saves me heaps of time wasted on misdiagnosing a problem 🙂

  2. I’ve found that using a linux live cd often doesn’t help.

    The drivers (particularly video drivers) don’t exercise the hardware in the same way as windows drivers.

    I have often found linux can tolerate hardware issues better than xp… which is good for linux, but bad for diagnosis.

    Having said that, I need to do my 6-monthly linux distro research, and see whats good out there (last time I looked, I found puppy linux, and Mepis were very good in certain ways)… puppy is extremely efficient and small, Mepis is good for the windows crowd)

  3. I’ve always had a thing for Ubuntu. It’s the most financially backed distro out there, and the owner is doing a lot of work to get it in the mainstream – including getting it shipped with Dell PCs.

    I don’t bother too much with Linux, as personall I can’t see it overtaking Windows any time soon. Especially when it comes to program compatibility. Emulation is a dirty hack way of getting Windows apps to work in Linux.

    I have to agree with you that Linux drivers seem better written and easier on the hardware, but it DOES rule out any Windows-related problems for sure. In all the testing I’ve done, booting Ubuntu was an excellent way of testing out hardware stability.

  4. Update: looks like my card died again (3 months after the last failure). Same cause: bulging capacitor. This time, I replaced the 1000uF 6.3V capacitor with a 1000uF 16V unit. This should help if the problem is due to over-voltage, but if its heat related, then I guess it will fail again soon 🙁