It's dead, Jim. The 9600GT was a really well-balanced card overall, and I understand your hesitance to let it go. I replaced mine with a GTX 660 last year, but it had been in service for close to five years.
And what a surprise to see someone mention a Voodoo Banshee in a positive light. Mine was a Quantum3D Raven I snagged for a couple of bucks, and I kept that running in various Frankenputers for years. Its 2D was still so good that I kept it running connected to a second monitor in an XP box for a couple of years longer...
Workstation: FX-8320, Geforce GTX 970, 16 gigs RAM, Windows 8.1 x64
Server: Core i3 4170, Radeon 7750, 12 gigs RAM, Windows 8.1 x64
Testbed: Phenom X4 9350e, Geforce GTX 660, 8 gigs RAM, Slackware64 14.1
Macbook Air 2013, 8 gigs RAM