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NVIDIA Forceware 196.75 a card killer ?


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Nautis1100 has just pointed this out.

Looks to be a major Booboo on NVIDIA's part.

It seems the GPU fan is not behaving as it should and is causing the GPU to fail.

We at LV2go highly recommend you uninstall this driver and go back to a previous Driver.

NVDIA has removed this driver from their download pages !!

This is a very embarrassing introduction for the 300 series GPU's :)

The driver will remain available here, but with a warning.

So hence use at your own peril, we deny all knowledge.

Several StarCraft II beta testers have reported their PC or video cards have died after installing the NVIDIA 196.75 drivers. The large amount of reports have prompted Blizzard Entertainment to issue an official statement on the tech support forums after identifying the source of the problem.

Some players were blaming the StarCraft II Beta client's latest patch, but a Blizzard Tech Support representative quickly explained the issue is caused by the latest NVIDIA 196.75 drivers.

Blizzard recommended to uninstall the NVIDIA 196.75 drivers, and to downgrade to the previous driver version: 196.21. Starcraft II Beta is not the only application affected, thus this is a worldwide alert to every gamer out there. Blizzard concluded the fans control in this NVIDIA driver is not working properly.

This means every single 3D application (i.e. games) running these drivers is going to be exposed to overheating and in some extreme cases it will cause video card, motherboard and/or processor damage. If said motherboard, processor or graphic card is not under warranty, some gamers are in serious trouble playing intensive games such as Prototype, World of Warcraft, Farcry 3, Crysis and many other games with realistic graphics.

Full a full article on the above subject head on over to Inc Gamer

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A few people have reported this problem on desktops.

The driver itself is not causing the GPU to overheat, but it can cause a fault with fan control.

This can cause problems for cards that already have a high idle temp.

For 8 series onwards, RivaTuner's Unwinder figured out this fix:

1. Open regedit

2. Search and delete all instances of RmThermalProviderInfo and RmThermalProviderNum

3. Reboot. This causes the driver to redetect the thermal info.

You can also set custom fan profiles in RivaTuner.

Nvidia have said there are two seperate issues, One for G92x based and one for GT200 based boards.

They are issuing a revised version of this driver shortly.

If you have not experienced any change of temp under heavy load with these, you are probably fine using them (note LV2G disclaimer).

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I'd say people should err on the side of caution, especially with a notebook.

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i always wait to install a new driver to see if there are any problems with them

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A few people have reported this problem on desktops.

The driver itself is not causing the GPU to overheat, but it can cause a fault with fan control.

This can cause problems for cards that already have a high idle temp.

For 8 series onwards, RivaTuner's Unwinder figured out this fix:

1. Open regedit

2. Search and delete all instances of RmThermalProviderInfo and RmThermalProviderNum

3. Reboot. This causes the driver to redetect the thermal info.

You can also set custom fan profiles in RivaTuner.

Nvidia have said there are two seperate issues, One for G92x based and one for GT200 based boards.

They are issuing a revised version of this driver shortly.

If you have not experienced any change of temp under heavy load with these, you are probably fine using them (note LV2G disclaimer).

on Vista/7, simply re-enabling the driver will force the update.

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