Okay, so last week my nVidia 8800GTS video card that I bought new in 2008 started messing up. I got several Windows 7 "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered" errors in a row, then my system locked up. I let it cool off for a while then booted back up, and I had permanent red lines across my screen from POST to windows that only changed with resolution. Windows device manager gave me a "code 43 driver not loaded due to device failure" error.
My first step was to contact EVGA customer support for an RMA, but I was told I failed to register when I bought the GPU so I was only covered for a 1yr warranty instead of lifetime. At that point I thought my card was toast, and resigned myself to getting a new one. While waiting to get paid I was googling the problem to try to learn what caused it, and happened on this link:
I decided what the heck and gave it a shot. Removed heat spreader and fan, cleaned off card and all thermal paste, placed the PCB board on tinfoil balls on top of a baking pan to keep it elevated, and carefully put it in the oven for 8 min at 400F. Let it cool off for half an hour, re-assembled with fresh thermal paste, and to my amazement my card is working PERFECTLY! Eat it EVGA tech support
(Obviously I wouldn't recommend this if you had a warranty)