Sorry in advance for the long story, but I want to describe what happened as good as posible.
Last night I had a game going while doing a few other things, alt-tabbing back and forth. I pulled the game up to have it freeze on me while still hearing my music and game sounds. This happened for about 10 seconds before seeing the first BSOD that mention the "nvlddmkm.sys" file. So I figured it was just a driver issue and continued to reboot windows and open the game back up to see if it would happen again, which it did almost as soon as I opened the game.
After the second BSOD, unplugged my computer, took out my video card and hit it with some compressed air. It was a little hot to the touch so I let it sit for maybe 10 minutes before reseating it and turning the computer back on. The computer booted back up just fine, so I tried opening the game again to get the same BSOD immediately.
This time I decided to boot into safe mode to check the drivers, when doing this I noticed redish dots all over my screen during the BIOS loading screen. When getting into safe mode, the screen was on 4-bit color, but the nVidia drivers were fine.
From this point I deleted the drivers and ran a driver sweep then rebooted to normal mode. I let windows install it own drivers and proceeded to try updating my cards drivers with the newest from nVidia website then rebooting.
Windows will not load in normal mode with nVidia drivers loaded, only loads into safe mode at this point. I figure I am looking at hardware failure possibly with the video card RAM.
Any suggestions would be helpful, I am posting a few pictures of the problems below.
I dont have any other PCI-E cards available where I am at right now.
OS is actually booting yet, but it will only boot in normal mode after I totally remove the nVidia drivers. If I try to boot it with them installed, I just get a blank black screen after BIOS loading screen.
As far as the warranty, I would have said no. I purchased the card back in September 2008 but didnt use it right away. Nvidia websites states that it has a 2 year warranty, so maybe I should look into it.
So far so good, computer booted up immediately with no dots.
Windows is reverting some update changing right now so I am not totally in the clear yet.
I purchased the closest thing to what I had and it was on sale. I went from the EVGA GeForce 9800 GT with 512 DDR3 to the PNY GeForce 9800 GT with 1024 DDR3. Odd thing is, it is a smaller sized card and requires no 6-pin power connector. No complaints on a lower power card as long as it works.