I am experiencing a strange problem with my nVidia GTX 8800 Ultra card (it has served me long and well, but maybe it's time to retire it?). A few weeks ago, I started having problems because I could simply not start Windows normally. The start screen locks up with some weird graphical error. Here is what it looks like:
But I can, however still start Windows in safe mode...if this was a pure hardware error, would I still be able to do that? I have removed the chassi to remove any dust and other dirt and checked that everything is as it should be. I have also tried re-formatting, re-installing older (and newer) nVidia drivers, but the problem persists. Does anyone have any idea what this could be due to?
If it's any help, the screen is also cluttered with strange symbols when I start the computer, like this: