Nvidia 196.75 GPU driver burning up graphics cards

By Jos ยท 85 replies
Mar 5, 2010
  1. Nvidia has yanked the latest WHQL graphics driver release (196.75) from its website after reports started pouring in about insane temperature increases and card failures. According to affected users, their systems start suffering low frame rates, freezes or even lock downs when playing games. This includes graphically intensive titles like Crysis or the StarCraft 2 Beta, as well as older, less demanding games such as World of Warcraft.

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  2. klpowell

    klpowell TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Wow, what ever happen to doing some QA before you release? Nvida seems to have a problem with trying to move faster than they should in order to keep up with ATI and this is what happens when you let the little things like properly testing a driver get pushed aside to speed up a release.
  3. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Yeah I agree, although it used to be the other way round... hence ATI's bad driver reputation.
  4. javierkaiser

    javierkaiser TS Enthusiast Posts: 25   +6

    Actually, I have those drivers, with a 9800gtx+, and after a few days of normal gaming, I had no issue with the temperature or the speed of the coolers.
  5. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    Wow am I ever glad there is no automatic update for this. I still have 196.21. I only check maybe once a month (sometimes longer) for new drivers. I don't know what I'd do if my computer failed (got permanently damaged) due to overheated components. Hmmm...maybe it would be a good thing...maybe I would read more (lol).
  6. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,596   +257

    I havent seemed to have any problems with my EVGA GTX 275.

    Does anyone know when this driver that they yanked came out? release 196.75
    (Maybe I never updated to it?) :)
  7. Zenphic

    Zenphic TS Rookie Posts: 43

    Yikes, no doubt this will cause more damage to notebook users than desktop users (which usualy has better airflow and thus compensates for the lack of fan control by the drivers).
  8. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    It hasent affected me. But I do force the fan at 75% 24/7. Also im running a GTX 260 core 216
  9. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Guru Posts: 379   +6

    Somewhat didn't expect this from nvidia... Disappointed :x how can they let such a big problem slip out...?
  10. roopakv

    roopakv TS Rookie

    a friend of mine says it heats up like crazy after he got the update... i checked up with him and yes it does.. but we have no way of measuring the temperature exactly...
  11. fref

    fref TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    Thanks for the heads up, TechSpot! I won't be taking any chance since I don't have any problem with my current driver anyway.
  12. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 384   +54

    Looks like I've got some uninstalling to do tonight. I haven't played any games since I installed the new drivers but I don't want to take any chances.
  13. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 3,073   +97

    It was released on March 2
  14. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 181

    Woha, first of a kind damage to see caused by an official driver O.o
    Haven't heard of it from friends or so, though, and fortunately I haven't updated myself..
  15. buendia

    buendia TS Rookie Posts: 29

    Wow, that's horrible for Nvidia card owners.
    I didnt' know that drivers could cause such a wreck.
  16. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    I wonder if this would explain why my 2nd PC is running like crap every since I did a reformat a couple a bit ago, and installed the newest drivers for the geforce 7300 in it.....
  17. natefalk

    natefalk TS Rookie Posts: 78

    I agree. Who releases a driver without fully testing it in a development environment?

    This is another reason why I will stick with ATI and recommend others to do the same.

    I've had to replace so many faulty Nvidia cards (at least 5 that I can remember). IMO, ATI cards are built better and last longer.
  18. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,719   +860

    I installed this driver the day it came out and have done some gaming, but not a whole lot. Glad I didn't end up in a 3-hour L4D2 session. Hope I haven't been frying my GPU....
  19. DryIce

    DryIce TS Rookie Posts: 60

    I would love to switch to ATI but I've been told I can't run crossfire on an Nvidia chipset.
  20. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    Maybe Nvidia is trying to encourage current owners to buy new cards by melting the old ones.
  21. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    I recently updated my drivers but I'm not sure if these are the ones I have or not. I have noticed some odd slow-down in some games. I need to check this when I get home. Maybe a little more time in QA is needed next time.
  22. nazartp

    nazartp TS Enthusiast Posts: 178   +12

    I wouldn't go that far as blaming all nVidia cards. The only problems I had so far was with ATI, ironically enough. There are myriads of manufacturers with their own issues and I can't blame chip developer/manufacturer for all the faults. Driver issue is the whole other story.
  23. CodePhoeniX

    CodePhoeniX TS Rookie Posts: 36

    My 4850 ran up to 105c until i installed a aftermarket heatsink. does not get past 60c now.
  24. PaulWuzHere

    PaulWuzHere TS Guru Posts: 271

    WOW! How did this slip through testing? Will users be reimbursed for destroyed cards?
  25. paynetrain007

    paynetrain007 TS Rookie Posts: 88

    and NVIDIA screws it up again. I thought ATI was known for overheating.
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