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BFG 6800OC 8x AGP having issues with installation on Nforce 3 motherboard

So I sold my buddy my perfectly working BFG6800OC card in preperation for my new SLI rig I am assembling later this week.  I won't go into extreme detail but he messed up installing the drivers and Windows XP would only boot into Safe Mode after that.

Now he had me wipe the computer and this is where we ran into a new problem.

When I install the chipset (nforce 3 from nvidia's website) drivers I reboot, I then proceed to install the 6800 drivers (from nvidia's website).  The screen goes black with a cursor in the top left that sits there flashing for a few moments then explodes to fill the screen with many white cursors.  The computer reboots after a few more moments and to my dismay Windows boot process halts at a black screen.

I am proceeding to try another XP CD that is less gritty but I wanted to see if I am wasting my time and there is a faster solution to this problem.
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jer2eydevil88Author Commented:
So I installed the driver in Safe Mode and now i'm getting a BSOD when it boots.  The following comes up "

Technical Information
Stop: 0x000000EA (xxxxx --  -- - - - - - lots of digits)

nv4_disp
Beginning dump of physical memory"
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jer2eydevil88Author Commented:
Looks like my card is dead... I threw an Nvidia 5200 Ultra in my buddies box and it's working flawlessly so I guess tomorrow I will be on the phone with BFG trying to figure out how they want to handle an RMA on this.
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rindiCommented:
Try another driver, if possible not from nvidia directly but rather from the manufacturer of the card.
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jer2eydevil88Author Commented:
Sorry rindi but it looks like its a hardware problem.. the card is not functioning correctly so I will be RMA'ing it.
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rindiCommented:
That's the other possibility, bad hardware. The error you get is either a bad driver or bad hardware, and normally it is easier to first check the software part... But if you can RMA it and if you still have warranty on it, that's your best option.
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rindiCommented:
no objection
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