Swap a Video Card. Linux drools and Windows XP Rulez. 3444
Funny, while I won't call you a liar (no need to point out the obvious), my experience was the exact opposite when upgrading from a GF3 to a 5900. Windows failed to recognize the card, asked for drivers, then said the driver wasn't compatible with the hardware. Thankfully, I already knew about nvcleaner from similar experiences in the past. After a boot into safe mode and a single pbutt with that little util, another two reboots (one for the detection and the one required after the driver install), everything was sorted. Linux, however, didn't even require an edit of my XFree86 config. Of course, the card was listed with the wrong name until I edited that section. But it did at least work. I had expected something similar to what you (allegedly) ran into, but was pleasantly surprised instead. That could also be because I'd already installed a version of nvidia's drivers that supported the card, allowing them to detect it automagically. Perhaps that was the issue in your case; a driver that didn't recognize the card?
OpenOffice: extremely slow but comes with free games! 3445
DFS In what way is OO being slow on your machine. I admit that I have had versions that were very slow to load, but OO 2 has proved...
I would, however, point out that while upgrading both video cards and having vasectomies are common operations, I would definitely make sure the person performing either is qualified. Only a complete fool or idiot wouldn't.
-- Ignorance is a condition. Stupidity is a way of life.