Originally Posted by mickyg
I don't think I've accurately described the situation here. I got the card and it already had a PCI-e bios on it, which makes me think the card was "played with" before I purchased it. Not surprising, considering I bought it from a shop that specialises in old (sometimes ex-demo) hardware.
Much of this is not even relevent anymore though. I was finally able to test the card in another system and it does the same thing. The card's definitely messed up. If you let it run long enough in the generic opengl flower screensaver, built into windows, it'll crash! Definitely a screwy card. I'm going to see how quickly I can get it replaced tomorrow.
Being a pci-e type card, I would expect it to have a pci-e type bios. So what I was suggesting is you should be able to try a AGP type bios.
Of course you could also just try another manufacturers pci-e bios ?
However, since is a new purchase, it is probably best to take it, and your problem, back to the shop !