NVIDIA 196.75 Driver Alert

by Ryan Smith on 3/7/2010 12:00 AM EST


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  • pedrovmax - Sunday, March 28, 2010 - link

    Now, I know why my 9800gx2 died!!!! Damm. Never more recent drivers... it can kill your hardware :(

  • wmciii - Sunday, March 28, 2010 - link

    Killed one of my 8800 GT's with this driver. BFG granted an RMA. This is a very serious bug. I WILL think twice before buying my next video card(s). Reply
  • bullseyes - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - link

    My 8800GT got fried indeed (I had the 196.75 driver installed)... The computer froze while I was playing and I never thought that it will be the end of card. I did a hard reset an this is what I found:


    After trying everything: drivers, system restore, testing the card on 2 other computers with the same result, video bios flash... I was going to throw the card away and getting a new one (Probably an HD 4890).

    But I found out through forums of a last hope: BAKING THE CARD. Yes, that, baking the card for 10 min. in the oven, let it cool, reasambled it.


    This is the result:


    Crazy! It works!

    However I'm having some issues with high demanding games that I usually played whithout any trouble... This is the end of my relationship with any nVidia hardware, I'll never buy any device from them. I wasn't a fanboy, I never liked to be one, I pick my hardware researching to try to know what is the best for my everytime, and I don't mind going from ATI to NVIDIA. I've used them both, but this one is the last one to the green ones... They've forced me to become an ATI fanboy. What they did releasing this "whql" driver is a hughe irresponsability, non acceptable at all.

    Sorry about my english, greetings from Argentina.
  • NT78stonewobble - Friday, March 12, 2010 - link

    I've been setting fanspeed manually for a long time.

    I haven't heard an nvidia card auto spin up since before the 8800 gts 320 mb I owned other than at bootup.

    So thats... hmmm back to the ti4200 I owned :o
  • Ahnilated - Monday, March 08, 2010 - link

    I tried 196.21 and you can't overclock your video card, 196.34 causes BSOD's. 196.75 causes fried video cards, which I am glad I didn't try. I think the whole 196 series should be bypassed. Reply
  • AnnonymousCoward - Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - link

    196.34 works perfectly on my GTX260, WinXP. Reply
  • jeremyshaw - Monday, March 08, 2010 - link

    You mean, rename them into the 197 series :p? Reply
  • ARoyalF - Tuesday, March 09, 2010 - link

    Don't give them any ideas! Sheesh Reply
  • Ahnilated - Monday, March 08, 2010 - link

    I wouldn't put it past Nvidia being they have rebadged the 9800 now, 2 or 3 times. Reply
  • Holler - Tuesday, March 09, 2010 - link

    you mean rebadged the 8800 GT 3 or 4 times ;) Reply
  • AmdInside - Monday, March 08, 2010 - link

    Glad Microsoft's WHQL certification saved us. Oh wait. Stupid good for nothing WHQL. Reply
  • mathew7 - Monday, March 08, 2010 - link

    I'm not a MS fanboy, but MS has nothing to do.
    1.WHQL certification verifies the driver related to the Windows OS. It does not care that the driver spins the fans 100% all the time (hint: noise) or keeps then at 0.
    2.I really don't think the tests are done in a computer case. I think they are open tesbenches, and maybe even controlled enviroment (25C?). Why would MS bother to test the HW, when it's interested in Windows-driver interactions. So I don't think a GTX could fail the test even after throttling.
  • NJoy - Monday, March 08, 2010 - link

    now I know why we had to replace that burnt GTX285 under warranty 2 days ago... Reply
  • TGressus - Monday, March 08, 2010 - link

    On both sides, they program the fans to stay low to appear more quiet out of the box and in reviewer testing. Put a poll up and I think we'd find most serious 3d/compute users have already learned manual fan speed is preferred and often required.

    Personally, my Heatkiller block didn't notice any change at all...

  • Kchekrik - Sunday, March 07, 2010 - link

    "drivers have been interfering with the fan operation on certain NVIDIA video cards"

    Which cards exactly are they refeering too. I would like to know if my brothers gfx and mine is affected.
  • TFHX2 - Sunday, March 07, 2010 - link

    it pours! Reply
  • Jamahl - Sunday, March 07, 2010 - link

    how are the nvidia fanboys going to spin this? Reply
  • ProfEW - Saturday, March 13, 2010 - link

    Very careless of Nvidia. This dumb driver fried my 8800GT. I was forced to move to my new ATI 5850 before I was really ready to do so. Reply
  • Ramon Zarat - Monday, March 08, 2010 - link

    How can you "spin" a melted, 500$+ 295GTX? Class action lawsuit anyone??? This is not a question of fanboyisim anymore. We are beyond that now. I've owned many great Nvidia cards myself in the last 15 years, but enough is enough.

    The renaming of the renaming of the renaming of renaming suck. Fermi "puppy" wood screw launch suck. In fact Fermi suck, period. And it's not even out yet... Jen-Hsun Huang suck. Nvidia PR spin after spin after lies after deception suck. Over all, Nvidia attitude suck. And now, their driver suck major balls too.

    If you still have share in this company that is a mere shadow of its former self, I would sell them RIGHT NOW, before it's too late. I mean, a catastrophe of this magnitude, just 3 weeks before lunching an overdue and already doomed product? It's enough to wonder if Nvidia is not suicidal...
  • Devo2007 - Monday, March 08, 2010 - link

    Class action lawsuit? Are you serious?

    There was a bug in the drivers that nVidia pulled once they started getting reports. I'm also quite sure that if cards were fried because of the driver update that nVidia would help out with that. Hardly grounds for a lawsuit - let alone one with class-action status.
  • rdh - Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - link

    Really? Is that what Nvidia have done with thousands... maybe tens of thousands... of Nvidia cards on notebook/laptop motherboards? (NO). They agreed to pay money, but not to those who suffer from their mistakes. No, they pay fines to the MANUFACTURERS (Hewlett Packard), who then turn around and charge $399 to fix the laptop with the bogus Nvidia chip.

    Nvidia is LESS than honorable when it comes to making good on their mistakes.
  • RealTheXev - Sunday, March 07, 2010 - link

    [quote]how are the nvidia fanboys going to spin this? [/quote]
    Apparently they're not spinning. lol
  • kyp275 - Sunday, March 07, 2010 - link

    you won the internet! Reply
  • hwhacker - Sunday, March 07, 2010 - link

    ^ Winner! Reply
  • Leyawiin - Sunday, March 07, 2010 - link

    Probably the same way ATI fanboys will jump on it, with all fours and lots of hyperbole Reply
  • gabbadoo - Sunday, March 07, 2010 - link

    Dunno :D Perhaps they have a problem with the temperatures on the new series, for which the 196.75 drivers include support (if they do). Maybe they want us to (I'm a fanboy too) think the new series won't make much noise, that it will be very low audible at idle/2D, which has made the driver-fan-controller set the fan speed / voltage too low for the fans to start up at all... Reply
  • Alexvrb - Sunday, March 07, 2010 - link

    Yeah except the drivers don't run the same exact code for all their cards. That includes things like fan control. So basically its a nasty bug, and nothing more. What causes the bug to crop up is the big question. The only person I know that was having major overheating problems with this driver (196.75) was someone that used a modified BIOS to overclock and override fan control.

    Funny enough, the 196.21 WHQL drivers are what pushed them to do this, since they fixed lots of issues but they also disabled software overclocking. Lots of Nvidia driver issues lately, especially for WHQL releases, which are typically very solid.
  • hwhacker - Sunday, March 07, 2010 - link

    1. It's my understanding this messed up the AUTO fan setting functionality. I would guess if this had to happen, it will effect a smaller amount of people because the group that grabs a new driver as soon as it's launched is also the least likely to keep the fan on auto.

    2. nVIDIA PR now needs to STFU with the slandering in every possible place about AMD's grey-screen issues. A grey screen causes a reboot, a fried card causes an RMA, unless it's no longer under warranty, in which the customer is SOL. Which is a more gigantic fail?

    That is all.
  • jdcope - Thursday, March 11, 2010 - link

    Could be worse than that...I am pretty sure their warranty states that Nvidia is not responsible for damage from a driver update.
  • michal1980 - Sunday, March 07, 2010 - link


    nvidia needs to sell new cards so they burn out the old ones.

    oh wait.
  • henrikfm - Tuesday, March 09, 2010 - link

    Yeah but who wouldn't buy one ATI 5000 series card for replacement... Reply
  • Devo2007 - Sunday, March 07, 2010 - link

    Yup! Planned obsolescence at work here.

    Of course, the driver team didn't get the memo that Fermi was delayed, so this happened before the new cards were available.
  • Alexvrb - Sunday, March 07, 2010 - link

    Heh, that does sound familiar. Reply
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