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New GeForce Drivers Causing Reboots, BSoDs

Those who were waiting for Nvidia to release their new GeForce drivers, which were specifically made for Tom Clancy’s: The Division, may want to hold off…since reports are coming in that the newly released 364.47 drivers are causing serious problems for those who’ve downloaded them.

A post on the official forums has all the details, which claim the driver is responsible for reboot cycling, blue screens, and random crashes during both gaming and idle desktop use.

Without editorializing too much, I can say that Nvidia drivers have been far less reliable for me lately than AMD GPU drivers, with a recent problem involving Hyperdimension Neptunia cropping up when updating. A rollback to drivers that were released back last summer was required, and no new driver released by Nvidia since then has gone without adding that one glitch to Neptunia. As a result, I’ve been running out-of-date drivers to continue my adventures with Nep-Nep.

The 364.47 drivers have just now been pulled and the newest beta drivers are now the 364.51 package. What’s particularly bad about this is that users of the GeForce experience have their drivers automatically installed when new ones are made available – something they may want to reconsider letting happen after this most recent update.

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Carl is both a JRPG fan and a CRPG'er who especially loves European PC games. Even with more than three decades of gaming under his belt, he feels the best of the hobby is yet to come.




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  1. Heavily Augmented
    Heavily Augmented
    March 8, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    This is just going to be another reason why I’m getting an AMD card for my next GPU along with the 3.5 GB VRAM of the 970 and Nvidia planning to make drivers locked to GeForce Experience.

  2. BurgerUnit
    BurgerUnit
    March 8, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Drivers will be locked to that crapware Geforce experience? Ugh, no thanks.

  3. Allaeia
    Allaeia
    March 8, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    I’ve found the GeForce experience a wonderful thing for driver updating. First time I’ve had no issues with the process. As for auto-installing them, at least mine doesn’t, so I must’ve set it to just notify me at some point.

  4. Johnathon
    Johnathon
    March 8, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Glad I don’t ever keep track of updates

  5. buddyluv324
    buddyluv324
    March 8, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    As regards to Neptunia Rebirth 1, I’m reading from the forums that the issue is at least in part due to Windows 10 latest update version.

  6. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    March 8, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Thank God for the consistent stability of console gaming. Get fucked pcucks :^)

  7. Johnathon
    Johnathon
    March 8, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Yeah enjoy all your game just being overall shit but hey at least they crash less

  8. Dammage
    Dammage
    March 8, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Looking forward to AMDs new line of CPUs and GPUs. They appear more and more appealing every day

  9. アントナント
    アントナント
    March 8, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    AMD GPU cards are also better in performance/price ratio.
    Intel also locked the overclocking of my Pentium G3258 if I ever updated my system to Windblows10 (because they find out too late this processor is as strong as a i5/i7 in single thread performance)

  10. Johnathon
    Johnathon
    March 8, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    They really are, ever since I got my 980 I’ve been eyeing AMD products and promising myself I’ll go AMD next time

  11. Johnathon
    Johnathon
    March 8, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Don’t do it.

  12. アントナント
    アントナント
    March 8, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    >implying I’ll ever update my current OS to that spyware shit
    not to mention I pity the guys who did it for “muh DX12/muh gaming future” when Vulkan drivers are coming out.

  13. Johnathon
    Johnathon
    March 8, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Good

  14. Clairity
    Clairity
    March 8, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    This is really making me reconsider getting a GTX 960 for my ITX build. Come on Nvidia, get your shit together.

  15. Para-Medic
    Para-Medic
    March 8, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    I’m still on 361.75 from Rise of the Tomb Raider’s launch. Never really used GeForce Experience (uninstalled it many moons ago) and haven’t had any issues manually installing drivers after researching them lol.

    Rhetoric about switching to AMD is somewhat amusing. Like everyone has already forgotten the similar issues with AMD lately: http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2015/11/30/amd-crimson-fan-bug/1

    I’d love to hear some technical justifications for switching to a company which supplies weaker hardware on a per-core basis, and hotter, less energy efficient, GPU’s that typically have shit drivers and lack of features. (As compared to Nvidia’s GameWorks suite. Which, like it or not, generally offers superior effects vs standard non-proprietary versions.)

    Of course if Zen/Polaris switch things up, I’ll eat some crow. Facing Kabylake and Pascal though? My personal feelings are that AMD will come up short again, and as a consumer, it’s not my job to buy from them out of pity lol. I’ll pay higher prices for higher performance with Intel/Nvidia until AMD can reverse that.

  16. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    March 8, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    YARR HARR, YOU ALL KNOW WHO’S A PIRATE HERE.

    (AKA “I can’t even update to Windows 10 through normal system updates.”)

  17. CommanderZx2
    CommanderZx2
    March 8, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    I never install the absolute latest release of drivers. I just wait a while and then move a confirmed stable release a couple months later.

  18. Maxwell Mineur
    Maxwell Mineur
    March 8, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    You know what’s funny is that card-cooking driver issue was also plaguing Nvidia for a while too. Cards were running at higher idle clocks for no reason.

    The world of the Graphics Card is only getting more and more fucked up, and I’m blaming the newer Unreal Engines for some of it, because as far as I know that piece of shit doesn’t even support SLi and all games that launch with it have serious problems. I made a mistake when I spent the money I did on my PC, for real, because even at the cutting edge of hardware no game runs as well as it really should.

    All you have to do is look at XCOM 2 to see a continued degradation…

  19. sanic
    sanic
    March 8, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    PC master race am I right?

    I kid I kid I love you guys it’s just easy to rile you up.

  20. blackice85
    blackice85
    March 8, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    I’m really looking to go back to AMD myself, hopefully the new Zen cpu will deliver on the performance increases they’re talking about.

  21. blackice85
    blackice85
    March 8, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    I got hit with this, had to go into safe mode and remove it. First time it’s happened to me with geforce experience so I’ll let it slide, wasn’t that big an inconvenience.

  22. Ian
    Ian
    March 8, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    362.00 is the latest unless you opt in to beta drivers, in which case you know that this sort of thing happens every now and again.

  23. Chase Moran
    Chase Moran
    March 8, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    I don’t see why the reaction to this has to be “That’s it, boycotting Nvidia and buying AMD”. Companies make mistakes, and if you do that every time something like this happens, you’ll eventually have nobody to buy from. AMD has already made the same mistake before. It’s a beta anyways.

  24. BaronKrause
    BaronKrause
    March 8, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Well that IS the main reason for console gaming. Stability/ease of use is traded in exchange for quality/performance.

  25. dogmentation
    dogmentation
    March 8, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Well, first off, they were just discussing the possibility of making “game-ready” releases exclusive to Geforce Experience — they haven’t actually done it yet. Nvidia said proven stable quarterly releases would still be posted on the website if they went that route, which again, they have not actually decided on. And besides, optimized “game-ready” drivers are essentially beta builds and known to be problematic, so I don’t know why anyone would be so eager to jump on that bandwagon anyway.

    I know I’m going to sound like an Nvidia apologist here, but the 3.5 GB vram drama was not as big a deal as some folks made it out to be. The performance hit is minimal at best, only even becoming noticeable if you’re trying to run at 4k. if you’re dedicated to that level of PC gaming, you probably already own a Titan or two anyways. By the time that niggling amount of vram becomes necessary for the average gamer, to the point that it would matter, the 970 will be antiquated.

  26. dogmentation
    dogmentation
    March 8, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    In reply to CarlB, I would definitely investigate this a bit more thoroughly, and not be so quick to blame the drivers. They may have made a bug present itself, but I doubt they introduced the bug directly. I’d definitely communicate it to the Nvidia support team and see if they can provide an explanation or a workaround.

  27. alterku
    alterku
    March 8, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Weird how quickly the quality turnaround happened. I could swear I was hearing even up until a few months ago how people were still trying very hard to bring down AMD’s drivers in comparison.

  28. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 8, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    No need to be a Sony fanboy.

  29. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 8, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    I guess since I still have win 7 this hasn’t affected me.

  30. Clairity
    Clairity
    March 8, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Sadly you’re going to have to next time you need a new CPU. Windows 10 is going to be the only Microsoft OS that supports Zen, Kaby Lake, and beyond.

  31. Bridgeoverthewater
    Bridgeoverthewater
    March 8, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Probably worth waiting until the jury’s really and truly out on what’s needed- and even if Win 10’s going to work towards compatibility or monopolization. I’m not sure it makes sense to spend more money to upgrade the rig until I have a clear picture on what AMD and NVidia’s long term is, and whether it’s safe to just get win 10, or it needs to be broken or dualbooted or what have you.

  32. Ryo Saeba
    Ryo Saeba
    March 8, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Good to know what was causing the problems i had yesterday. Lost a days worth of progress in Stardew Valley.

  33. Johnathon
    Johnathon
    March 8, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Who you?

    Because it sure isn’t me.

  34. アントナント
    アントナント
    March 8, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    No need to be so stuck-up

  35. Thanatos2k
    Thanatos2k
    March 8, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Was that sound I heard Xbox Live going down again?

  36. InfectedAI
    InfectedAI
    March 8, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Or he doesn’t want Windows 10. He’s far from the only one who doesn’t want to update.

  37. InfectedAI
    InfectedAI
    March 8, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Why do people still respond to this guy? He’s a troll who’s just here to incite people.

  38. Johnathon
    Johnathon
    March 8, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Because I’m a new fag

  39. アントナント
    アントナント
    March 8, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Nah I’ll just keep my CPU and make the full jump to Linux if it needs to be.

  40. chaoguy
    chaoguy
    March 8, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    This is the second big mistake though. Didn’t they sell a graphics card with 40GB less than advertised?

    But yes, beta is beta. Just surprised such a cataclysmic fuck up could happen.

  41. dsadsada
    dsadsada
    March 8, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Xbox and Nintendo consoles aren’t Sony.

  42. Krimhelm
    Krimhelm
    March 8, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Let’s see here. Nvidia has been going to shit lately, so lets blame Windows 10 in the comments. It seems like an easier solution.

  43. Krimhelm
    Krimhelm
    March 8, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    You must be pretty computer illiterate if you think Jumping to Linux will be any better. Linux isn’t for the brainless. You’d have to read more about getting Linux to work for you than you do on learning how windows policy settings works.

    Paranoia is bad for your health mmkay?

  44. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    March 8, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    I’m talking about myself…

    You guys got defensive really fast.

  45. Yabloko Molloco San
    Yabloko Molloco San
    March 8, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    “Tom Clancy’s: The Division”

    Into the trash it goes.

  46. Chase Moran
    Chase Moran
    March 8, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    The whole 3.5 GB thing is long past. People bought the GTX 970, which by the way is hands-down THE entry level card for going above and beyond 1080p60, with the intention of running things that would use the 4GB of video RAM to it’s fullest potential. The thing is, the cards are “binned” to determine which ones are the high end and which are low end, depending on how the preformance turns out. They happened to get the 970 working fully by making the last .5 GB of VRAM run slowly, therefore making the card essentially an underclocked 980 with .5 GB less effective VRAM (keep in mind, that .5 GB is still actually there) for $300 as opposed to $500. Nobody gives a shit anymore, the 970 is a fan-favorite and it’s the best card you can get for a build under $1000, bar none.

    This is not cataclysmic whatsoever. Go into the BIOS, disable the card, turn on the PC and revert the drivers. That’s how hardware-software middleman betas work. Sometimes they don’t, and you have to go back to the previous version.

  47. Bon Babab
    Bon Babab
    March 9, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Salt

  48. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 9, 2016 at 2:30 am

    Yeah but this guy is a Sony fanboy.

  49. アントナント
    アントナント
    March 9, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Certainly not as hard than learning japanese in order to play jap exclusivities and avoid the current state of western localization. I plan on using Mint but only on a future cheap small laptop, what currently prevents me on doing a full jump (on my desktop) is especially the lack of support for drawing softwares.

    “Paranoia is bad for your health mmkay?”
    >”privacy is overrated hurr”

    Not everybody is foolish enough to not spot MS’s obvious honeypot.

  50. 2501
    2501
    March 9, 2016 at 7:29 am

    l installed that update a week ago for my GTX970 but I haven’t come across any of these issues but l also haven’t been playing that much recently.

  51. Johnathon
    Johnathon
    March 9, 2016 at 8:58 am

    yeah sure

  52. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    March 9, 2016 at 9:09 am

    I was indeed talking about myself. I pirated my own Windows 7 copy, so I can’t update to Windows 10.

  53. Tako Luka
    Tako Luka
    March 9, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Mugi pls

  54. Clairity
    Clairity
    March 9, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Certainly a wise decision in my opinion. I’ve been using Linux as my main OS for the past couple years and I’ve hit some bumps here and there, but the same could be said for my first few years of using Windows as well.

  55. Obbliglol
    Obbliglol
    March 9, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Stuff like this is really making me what to try out AMD (dat 8GB VRAM) but ye old meme is that their drivers are even worse. I dunno. I’ll stick with my GTX770 for now.

  56. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    March 9, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    You’re the one acting like you’re retarded though. End yourself.

  57. Johnathon
    Johnathon
    March 9, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    -Goes into a random comment chain going yah har we know who the pirate is.
    -Oh no I was talking about myself guiz honestly
    -P-please believe me
    -you’re the one acting retarded

    :^)

  58. Feniks
    Feniks
    March 9, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    This sucks but I had the same thing happen to me with Intel CPU drivers once.

    This is just part of computing.

  59. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    March 10, 2016 at 9:32 am

    You won’t believe the commenter for whatever reason when he clearly states he was talking about himself.

    You’re retarded and you should end thyself. Be an hero.

  60. Johnathon
    Johnathon
    March 10, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Yeah Clearly states after he gets responses that prove that nothing about how it was said pointed to him.

    Ladies first