BLUE SCREENS OF DEATH and other nasties have blighted Nvidia’s latest GeForce graphics card driver.
The malfunctions, which range from display stuttering to crashes that leave PCs in infinite boot loops, affect the 364.47 GeForce driver version. This hasn’t won any favour with Nvidia GPU users, who vented their fury on the Nvidia forum.
"Nvidia with yet another driver that causes issues for lots of people. Great job," posted one.
"This driver is WHQL certified isn't it? I'm wondering how such garbage can pass the QA," said another.
An apoplectic 'Aridonas' wrote: "I'm absolutely at my wits' end here because I can't do ANYTHING about this!"
'Monkeysaur' added: "This broke my PC and it took some work for me to get it back up and running. I feel sorry for those people who rely on your software to handle driver updates. Anyone who is a novice PC user, not tech savvy and not comfortable with using Device Manager, will be royally screwed by this."
A few Nvidia GPU users posted workarounds that stop the driver borking graphics and displays, but the most straightforward solution is to roll back the driver to an earlier version. Nvidia has urged customers to avoid the latest driver and instead install a beta version of the 365.51 driver.
"Initial investigation suggests the issue was related to doing an 'Express' installation. If you happen to have a pending installation of 364.47, we recommend that you do not install it and use the new 364.51 beta version or wait for the WHQL certified version,” the firm said.
Graphics driver problems are not uncommon, and Nvidia and rival AMD have both run into trouble with rogue code over the years, but this latest bug-ridden software seems to really screw with people’s PCs.
Many of them are gamers with expensive GPUs and gaming desktops, so we can’t imagine that Nvidia HQ is nice place to be right now. µ
'Some of us like the misery'
That'll surely affect its credit score