Nvidia Users Beware, Latest Driver May Harm Your PC – Allegedly Plagued With Issues

Khalid Moammer
Posted Apr 2, 2016
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Nvidia GeForce users beware, the latest 364.72 Game Ready drivers may damage your PC and/or windows installation, driver plagued with issues. Reports of issues from many disgruntled Nvidia users on the GeForce forums as well as on reddit & various other forums have been pouring in for the past couple of days after Nvidia released its Game Ready 364.72 driver.

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If you have an Nvidia graphics cards we’d recommend waiting this one out. As reports have been pouring in on Nvidia’s official GeForce forum and reddit from users who report running into all sorts of issues after installing the 364.72 Game Ready driver. Ranging from their systems failing to boot to crashes, blue screen crashes, gray & green screen artifacting, flickering, visual corruption, freezing, G-Sync issues, DSR scaling issues and there’s even reports of GeForce GTX graphics cards dying after driver installation.

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Nvidia Driver Issues Report 1Nvidia users on the GeForce forum reporting various issues after installing the 364.72 Game Ready driver.

Nvidia Users Beware, Latest Game Ready Driver May Harm Your PC – Stick To Your Last Stable Driver For Now

One Nvidia GeForce user reports on the Nvidia subreddit :

[PSA] WARNING: AVOID 364.72 (march 28) LIKE THE PLAGUE – it’s bricking cards left and right – and rollbacks are not working.

I’m not being hyperbolic here – there are hundreds of posts on reddit and the nvidia forums of people saying the latest driver update is bricking hardware. i’ve now seen multiple pics of people’s screens after the update, and it looks just like what happened to me.

I am NOT a hater on nvidia – i’ve got a shield and I literally use it every day – gamestreaming is almost the only way i consume gaming content now, but right now nvidia has seriously shit the bed on this one.

Hold out for the next driver.

EDIT: YES, MOST USERS WILL PROBABLY NOT HAVE PROBLEMS. It wouldn’t have gotten out of beta if it was a majority issue right? but do you want to risk your system being in that 1%?

Drivers should not brick hardware – at the worst, a rollback should resolve things. if this is happening to any number of systems, something is wrong.

EDIT 2: It looks like the entire 364* series of drivers is borked. I would just stay away from all of them. Also, RIP inbox 🙁

It seems Nvidia has been facing some challenges getting Game Ready drivers out on time issue free as of late. Unfortunately this is the second time that a WHQL certified Game Ready driver has caused heartache for gamers in the past month. In fact so many users report running into the exact same issues that had afflicted the last game ready driver a little over three weeks ago.

If you’ve already downloaded and installed the drivers and you’re having issues you could try using driver removal tools such as Display Driver Uninstaller and uninstalling the driver in Safe Mode. If you haven’t installed the the 364.72 driver it’s recommended that you stay on the last stable version you have installed until most of the more issues are resolved.

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Today we released NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready WHQL display driver version 364.72.This Game Ready driver brings full support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, optimizations and enhancements for virtual reality games such as EVE: Valkyrie, Chronos, and Elite Dangerous, and the latest support for NVIDIA VRWorks. Make sure your PC is GeForce GTX VR Ready before stepping into the Rift! The new driver also brings the latest support and enhancements for the upcoming HTC Vive headset. Learn more:

http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/articles/game-ready-drivers-for-virtual-reality-dark-souls-iii-and-more-released

You can download the new GeForce Game Ready 364.47 display driver through GeForce Experience or from the GeForce.com Drivers page.

Providing Feedback:
Please feel free to leave feedback for any driver related issues specific to this driver. By providing your information here, you may also help others who may be experiencing the same issue you are. The more information we receive from you and others, the easier it will be for us to reproduce this issue in our labs and provide a fix through a future driver. Alternately, you may provide this same information through our NVIDIA Display Driver Feedback Form below:

http://surveys.nvidia.com/index.jsp?pi=6e7ea6bb4a02641fa8f07694a40f8ac6

Please provide the following information as best you can:

1) Graphics card/GPU make and model:
2) Is this a driver regression? If yes, what was the last driver version which did not have this driver bug?
3) Operating System (Please indicate if you are on the Windows 10 Insider Program):
4) Is your graphics card manually overclocked/factory overclocked? If your graphics card is factory overclocked or manually overclocked, we recommend that you lower the clock speeds of your graphics card to NVIDIA reference clock speeds by using the NVIDIA Debug Mode as shown in the screenshot below:

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5) If your issue is specific to a game or application, please provide the title and if possible version of the software
6) Describe the display driver issue you are encountering and if possible include step by step instructions on how to reproduce this bug. Please use the knowledge base article “How to provide valuable feedback to NVIDIA” as a guide to help you include information that will help us root cause the problem.

http://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3141

7) Software/driver issues can sometimes be specific to a users system configuration. Please provide your system information so that we may attempt to match it as closely as possible.

CPU make and model:
Amount of system memory:
Motherboard make and model (if OEM system, please provide your PC make and model instead):
Motherboard BIOS version:
Monitor(s) make and model:
Sound card make and model:

8) If your system meets the driver requirements however the installation process fails or gives you an error message, please reinstall the driver with logging enabled so that we may investigate the cause for this issue. Instruction available from the URL below:

http://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3171

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