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Nvidia drivers - overheating cause GPU death!

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Dodo(Posted 1+ years ago) #1
NVIDIA is recalling driver update 196.75 WHQL, released March 2nd, due to a issue causing GPU fans to stop working thereby allowing the card to overheat to the point where they completely burn out.

Source: Hardware Canucks

Game producer, Blizzard, first noticed the problem when it began receiving a high number of tech support requests about malfunctioning and overheating video cards. A quote from a representative stated:

“We’re getting reports where users are getting intermittent low FPS after installing these drivers. It seems that it is related to the fan control included in these drivers not working correctly and is causing the video card to overheat on 3D applications. This will affect Warcraft 3, World of Warcraft and StarCraft 2 Beta. Please uninstall the drivers and revert back to the older ones.”

The driver’s can no longer be found on NVIDIA’s website and the company has issued a press statement requesting users reverted to the previous 196.21 WHQL certified drivers.

“We are aware that some customers have reported fan speed issues with the latest 196.75 WHQL drivers on NVIDIA.com. Until we can verify and root cause this issue, we recommend that customers stay with, or return to 196.21 WHQL drivers. Release 196.75 drivers have been temporarily removed from our Web site in the meantime.”

If you recently performed the driver update, we recommended that you immediately roll back to a prior revision, even if you have not yet noticed any issues.

Article here ...


GfK(Posted 1+ years ago) #2
How did it get WHQL certified with a showstopper like that?


Qube(Posted 1+ years ago) #3

How did it get WHQL certified with a showstopper like that?



I was thinking the exact same thing while reading that article. It pretty much negates the whole idea of WHQL drivers being recommended for their high quality of testing.


dawlane(Posted 1+ years ago) #4
How did it get WHQL certified with a showstopper like that?
Dodgy hand shakes and brown envolopes stuffed with money spring to mind. Or they haven't tested them long enough.

It seems that every new nvidia driver is getting worse with each new release. There are a few software applications that use DX7 running on Windows 7 that have problems with nvidia cards using drivers newer than 186.18 (Blitz3D is one) ATI are uneffected as far as I know.


xlsior(Posted 1+ years ago) #5
How did it get WHQL certified with a showstopper like that?



I have a feeling it went something like this:


*counts money*

Yup, seems to be all in order. NEXT!




AdrianT(Posted 1+ years ago) #6
I skipped that driver been too busy to check. Personally I haven't had any significant problems with Nvidia drivers in a couple of years now. And I normally DO try betas. I've found them mostly rock solid outside of Risen on an older 7800 which needed a patch to get rid of a 90% fog.

It might just be that I don't have cutting edge hardware. an AGP 7800GS and a 9800GT. Most of the problems I see on forums like Gury3D are people with fancy SLI or tripple SLI rigs.


Oiduts Studios(Posted 1+ years ago) #7
]Most of the problems I see on forums like Gury3D are people with fancy SLI or tripple SLI rigs.

Thats me lol, there is always a problem with SLI. Right now the highest resolution on my main monitor is only 1280x1024 and the native is 1680x1050. The weird thing is that it just happen, I didn't install anything new, I just turned on my computer and bam, no more 1680x1050. I cant even custom set it, run games in that res, or run BLitz with that res.


JoshK(Posted 1+ years ago) #8
Seems like ATI is now the vendor with stable drivers.