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Don't install the newest Nvidia driver, it's breaking PCs

2016-03-08 09:30:00·  2 minute read   ·  Joe Parlock@JoeParlock
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Everything from freezes to melted cards

[Update: Nvidia has released a new driver, 364.51, which it claims solves the problems caused by the faulty driver.

However, the reception to it on reddit has been mixed, with some people reporting the exact same problems as before. I recommend holding off on updating for a few days at least just so you can get a good idea as to how it's working for most people.]

If you’re an Nvidia graphics card user, you might want to hold off on installing the latest driver.

The 364.47 driver was released yesterday, and is meant to include optimisations for The Division, Hitman, Need for Speed, Ashes of the Singularity and Rise of the Tomb Raider. The drivers can also severely damage your computer.

Blue screens, failing to boot up Windows, restart loops, losing sound, graphical artifacting and even burned out cards are all problems which are being reported by users on various sites. It doesn’t seem to be specific to one brand or generation of card, either.

Nvidia has released a statement saying that the problems lie in the express installation settings, and that it is “actively investigating the issue”.

I am personally running the driver with my GTX 980 on a non-upgraded installation of Windows 10 64-bit, installed using express installation, and have found my entire PC now locks up after a few minutes of The Division. Enough people having more serious issues for me to suggest you wait until Nvidia releases a fixed version, or roll back your drivers if you’ve been unlucky enough to already install it.

The Division PC players: don’t download the latest Nvidia drivers [VG24/7]




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