And I decided to check it in windows in case it wasn't my software setup on linux. Same thing in halo on windows. On a thought, I checked the temperature on the card.
129 degrees celsius.
That is quite hot.
Well anyway I soon discovered that the fan on the card was totally dead. I have no idea what temp the card is running at right now but I'd guess if I wanted a fried egg I wouldn't have to wait long.
There's not much I can do - I can't get the original box from my parents to RMA it until next week (November 1st -) so I'll need to keep this running until then. After that, I'll try and find a spare card, but if not I'll be computerless for 10 days or so while I get the replacement.
I think I should be OK as I reckon the fan has been dead for 4 days or so, because 4 days ago I started seeing some weird graphical corruption in mplayer that is suspiciously close to the corruption I saw in Q3/halo.
To try and express my feelings in emoticon form: