I live in a country where the shops open after i start work and close before I finish. Boot USB is a preference to me, I'd been considering putting together a generic boot USB of tools for helping friends out but never got around to looking into it. ultimate boot cd (or usb) looks like exactly what I had been thinking of.
Only down side is these abnormal crashes are stopping me from being able to complete the download on my slow connection. Hardware monitors say my CPU hasn't passed 40C and GPU is a stable 58C, all voltages look stable enough to build a city on, and the ATAPI errors are completely desynchronised to the crashes. I've also had 2 crashes now where steam wasn't running, in one case where it wasn't even installed, in these cases when I was watching video.
I've tried a couple of graphics drivers now, old and new, it doesn't seem to have stopped the crashes. A tool I very much would be interested in: do you know of any utilities that can do an integrity check on GDDR?