Over the past week or so, my graphics card has stopped functioning. It can still run basic programs, but any time it is stressed at all (ie. gaming, media, etc.) the comp completely freezes up (and somehow takes down the whole local network with it, which is an extremely befuddling issue, but not what I'm trying to address here). The card was originally purchased new through a reseller on Ebay. I looked up the warranty and it appears I should be able to get it replaced.
To clarify, I went through many steps to verify that the graphics card was the issue. I first reformatted my computer, then ran diagnostics on everything (memory, cpu, hd) that came up negative. When I ran a GPU stress test all the visuals were choppy and it froze a couple of times. I also monitored CPU and GPU temps while running this test, and they were fine throughout, so it isn't simply an ineffective fan issue or something like that.
Going through Nvidia's support site, they say you need to directly contact the card manufacturer in order to get a replacement/utilize the warranty. Unfortunately, I can't for the life of me seem to figure out who the original manufacturer was. I looked over the whole physical card and wrote down every number that seemed like it could be a model # or some kind of identifier. The first thing I tried was the FCC ID. Unfortunately, the number is partially smudged out due to wear, so I had to make my best guess. The only result that turned up was VTEK, which isn't listed on Nvidia's site as a manufacturer of their cards (here's that list: http://www.nvidia.com/object/support_aic.html). After that, I tried searching pretty much every number I could find as a model # but have yet to have any success. So, essentially, I'm looking for someone who has another way to determine the manufacturer of my graphics card, or any other ideas that might help me out.
Any help is greatly appreciated!