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Blizzard Warns Against Installing NVIDIA 196.75 Drivers

Posted Mar 05, 2010 by Michael Bitton

Blizzard Warns Against Installing NVIDIA 196.75 Drivers

StarCraft II Beta testers are reporting their video cards or computers have been dying following an installation of NVIDIA's latest driver version 196.75, according to a report over at IncGamers.

Image Credit: IncGamers

Blizzard has investigated and responded to these claims, discovering that the fan controls in the driver are faulty and are causing overheating issues, and has warned users not to install them or roll back to earlier drivers if they have already installed them.

Below is Blizzard Tech Support Datth's response:

We're getting reports where users are getting intermittent low FPS after installing these drivers. It seems that it is related to the fan control included in these drivers not working correctly and is causing the video card to overheat on 3D applications. This will affect Warcraft 3, World of Warcraft and StarCraft 2 Beta. Please uninstall the drivers and revert back to the older ones.

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More information can be found on threads such as these:

IncGamers got in touch with NVIDIA for comment on the story, and were told that NVIDIA has since taken the drivers down pending an investigation of the reported issues.

You can read the full story here.

Long story short: If you've installed the 196.75 drivers already, uninstall them and roll back to 196.21. 

Michael Bitton / Michael Bitton / Michael began his career at the WarCry Network in 2005 as the site manager for several different WarCry fansite portals. In 2008, Michael worked for the startup magazine Massive Gamer as a columnist and online news editor. In June of 2009, Michael joined as the site's Community Manager. Follow him on Twitter @eMikeB