New GeForce 197.13 beta drivers fix overheating issues

By on March 18, 2010, 10:57 AM
Nvidia has released a new set of drivers for GeForce card owners and offered an apology to anyone who experienced fan speed issues after installing the preceding version. If you recall, just two weeks ago the company's 196.75 driver was pulled from Nvidia's website following reports that it was causing fans to slow down or outright stop working while gaming, and in some cases even damaging the motherboard or CPU from the increased temperatures.

Besides reportedly resolving this issue, the new 197.13 beta driver improves performance in several games up to 30% and adds support for Nvidia's next generation ION as well as the GeForce GT 320, GT 330 and GT 340. PhysX has been updated to 9.10.0129, HD Audio Drive to version 1.0.9.1, and SLI support for a bunch of games has been added. This is a WHQL candidate but Nvidia is still recommending it over 196.75 in case you installed it and never reverted.

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TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Took them long enough to fix the fan issue. This driver came out - and was almost immediately canceled due to the fan issue - two weeks ago.

mystic420 said:

It's the first time I've seen them take so long with fixing an update... Sure glad I didn't install the bad drivers, that would have sucked burning up my 3 Nvidia GTX275 OC's! Not to mention VERY expensive!!!

EduardsN said:

Had forgot about this already, really took them a while to fix the issues

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

So, they got a fix put together and apologized... Are they replacing the units their drivers slagged? Or is it just a case of "tough luck" for the victims? Just curious.

rskapadia2294 said:

hey they solved this problem now?

it is pretty much old i think! :P

but its better to be late than never! lol

DryIce said:

I'm glad they finally fixed it.

levar said:

Didn't affect me in no way, but I'm glad its fixed. Didn't expect drivers to affect the system in that way even though if you think about it.. it's probably the only component in a gamer's PC that's what you'd probably call the essential component that is probably being used every moment of the PC life.

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

I'm just curious to see what games have performance improvements in them. It would be nice to see BFBC2 in the list.

ansarimikail said:

Lucky I didnt update my driver. But it was cooking like a frying pan, loong before these troubles anyway.

Thompson said:

More performance improvements?

If they can increase performance by up to 30% in one driver update, why isn't all of this stuff on the card day one?

Do they just discover little bits of code that they can fix or something?

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

So, they got a fix put together and apologized... Are they replacing the units their drivers slagged? Or is it just a case of "tough luck" for the victims? Just curious.

Can't say I've seen any accounts of people with affected cards not being taken care of. I'm pretty certain in the present climate that if there were cases where customers were being left out in the cold, then they would 1. be quite vocal on various forum sites, and 2. AMD's PR machine, in all it's forms, would certainly have publicised the fact-much the same as nV's/Intel's PR (also, in all its forms) manage to keep AMD's problems in the public domain.

Guest said:

Anyone able to comment on the quality and stability of the new driver?

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

More performance improvements?

If they can increase performance by up to 30% in one driver update, why isn't all of this stuff on the card day one?

Do they just discover little bits of code that they can fix or something?

Something like that.

The "up to 30% improvement" seems more geared towards recent releases ( Heaven benchmark, Metro 2033, BFBC2 etc.)

Sounds like SLI is improved and if you download the latest PhysX component (10.02.22_9.10.0222) which is newer than the version in 197.13, that will also add improvements where PhysX is used.

I wouldn't read too much into the increases as I think the main bug-fix was the fan issue.

Bear in mind that this a beta driver (not WHQL) so I'd be doubly careful about monitoring the system when using it initially. Personally, I wont be downloading it as a new driver set (WHQL) will likely be released in a week or so since this driver has no provision for GTX470/480 which will in all liklihood be released (at least to a select few) in that timeframe.

EDIT: Guru3D have a good thread here regarding the new driver for anyone who is nervous about running it. There are a few trolling posts but they are easily recognizable

ain77 said:

I don't how to can get away like that with just an apology. Getting RMA sometimes hard as it is, so how to distinguish if manufacturer's fault vs user issue?

I think they should be some kind of fair compensation and they had better buck up on testing their drives properly before releasing.

rufio said:

starcraft 2 beta players rejoice! too bad it took them this long to actually release the drivers

Renegeek said:

about time, i need a good driver update for my cards. (but ill wait a few weeks, to make sure its not going to fry my video cards)

tonylukac said:

I told my friend about this. He couldn't believe software was frying cpus. His computer was overheating, ironically.

megrawab said:

Let's add some oil to make our cpu's crispy... At last they fixed it, long life for my gaming.... I'll download the update...

thebluemeaner said:

I will wait till it is not in beta status anymore, the word is that nvidia does not replace burnt cards as beta drivers are released "as is"

Timonius Timonius said:

Yup, it is still just a beta release. Be careful out there.

Yoda8232 said:

Great idea, there fix are beta drivers.

Good luck to all the affected Nvidia users with the overheating problem.

Aneesh said:

Hey one of my friend machine gone after installing this one.............i am not sure whether it is due to the driver isuue.........

Guest said:

So what happens if your card got fried because of this? Tough luck?

Aneesh said:

hey srry i didnt get about wht u r saying?

compdata compdata, TechSpot Paladin, said:

dividebyzero said:

So, they got a fix put together and apologized... Are they replacing the units their drivers slagged? Or is it just a case of "tough luck" for the victims? Just curious.

Can't say I've seen any accounts of people with affected cards not being taken care of. I'm pretty certain in the present climate that if there were cases where customers were being left out in the cold, then they would 1. be quite vocal on various forum sites, and 2. AMD's PR machine, in all it's forms, would certainly have publicised the fact-much the same as nV's/Intel's PR (also, in all its forms) manage to keep AMD's problems in the public domain.

I agree - I am pretty sure we would have seem more on the issue if cards weren't being replaced.

princeton princeton said:

Did they fix the ******* performance leak. You know where you start crysis with 60fps and by the time your at the third chapter your getting 5-10fps?

Puiu Puiu said:

Why are these drivers still in beta?If it's just a fix then they could have done a quick re-release.

Guest said:

****ers, my card has been burning up. i found out he fan started up at 1% speed D:<

the last 2 drivers have been horrible for me

Guest said:

197.13 drivers don't fix anything for me. My 9800GX2 and my 8800GT (in my 2 pcs) fans continue to run very slowly and the cards overheat (more than 120c after 10 minutes of gaming for the 9800GX2 before games crash)

Guest said:

So what happens if your card got fried because of this? Tough luck?

Yep, if your card is out of warranty it's tough luck and go buy an ATI.

I was asking Nvidia for that and they answer me to see with the manufacturer of my card.(it's an asus) And Asus answer me that they can't do anything for me.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

197.13 drivers don't fix anything for me. My 9800GX2 and my 8800GT (in my 2 pcs) fans continue to run very slowly and the cards overheat (more than 120c after 10 minutes of gaming for the 9800GX2 before games crash)

My advice is to get some computer expert over to your place and show you how to manually set fan speed and to clean the accumulated crap out of the cards.

Hey, BoTTox isn't supposed to be injected into the brain (inside joke for this troll)

Guest said:

Well I have decided to roll back from 197.13 drivers back to 196.21, until I can be absolutely sure that there aren't going to be any other further problems, as I'm not going to waste more money in having to buy yet another card.

Already bought 9800 GT to replace a 8800 GS (bad RAM, and only lasted for three weeks.)

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