Well, I've been lucky over the years and until a couple of days ago had never had a dead GPU. However, on Thursday sadly my Clevo laptop refused to get past the Windows boot screen. One OS reinstall later and everything seemed OK, until I installed the drivers for the 7970m and restarted- then I was back to square one. Sure enough, booting into safe mode and disabling the 7970 let me boot back into Window normally, using the IGPU. Did a few checks of the memory and HD and everything checked out- at this point I was sure that the 7970m was dead. Looking around on the internet they're still going for around £200... major bummer! Anyway, with nothing left to lose I thought I'd bake the GPU- 8 minutes at 200 degrees after taking advice from various forums. I wasn't expecting a result (this was pretty much a last resort as we're moving house and need all the money we can get atm) but I got one! Card is also running much cooler now after applying some new thermal paste. Mainly worth it to see the look on my partner's face as I fired up Battlefield 3 afterwards- she did nothing but tease me about it the whole time I was stripping the lappy!