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Nvidia: 196.75 Drivers Alert


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From Nvidia site


NVIDIA Customer Support for 196.75 Drivers


NVIDIA is aware that some customers have reported fan speed issues after installing 196.75 drivers from NVIDIA's website. These drivers have been removed from NVIDIA's website due to these customer reports. We have also asked all partners to remove this driver. We recommend that all customers immediately discontinue the use of 196.75 drivers and roll back to their previous driver. Driver roll back help can be found here.

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GRAPHICS CHIP VENDOR Nvidia has issued an apology for overheating problems it has blamed on one of its software drivers.


The offending driver, version 196.75, has been removed from circulation and Nvidia has requested that we all wipe any memory it ever existed from our collective memories. It also recommended that users roll back to their previous software drivers or use the newer version 197.13 drivers.


What's great about the apology is that Nvidia doesn't once mention any overheating issues caused by the offending software driver version 196.75.


"Nvidia apologises to our customers that installed the 196.75 driver and experienced quality issues. We continue to work closely with our add-in-card partners and PC manufacturers to help resolve any additional customer issues not solved by reverting to the earlier driver. Any Nvidia customer who has questions about their board as a result of downloading [the] 196.75 driver should contact their board supplier."


Reports on the Internet speculated that the 196.75 driver was causing fan fails in GeForce GPUs, with users on Nvidia's forums claiming temperatures in excess of 100°C.


It's unknown at this point whether any Geforce graphics card vendors or Nvidia itself will be compensating users whose cards were damaged or destroyed by this problem. µ

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