A false set of information has been travelling the internet regarding one of the latest Nvidia drivers, falsely claiming that it is frying graphics cards and breaks down computers. Naturally, this is not the first time when the internet blows something completely out of proportion and sets the masses into an incontrollable state of anxiety and revolt. But things are not as bad as a part of the online community has made it look like.
Several days ago, NVIDIA released the GeForce 364.47 WHQL drivers for their GPUs, which – in the case of diligent individuals who never waste a moment to update their software – seem to have started to cause some worrying issues for some. At least worrying enough for them to start telling other people that the latest driver from NVIDIA will downright proceed to ruin their graphics card and lives, right afterwards that.
In reality, the faulty driver may give you a few headaches and some tense moments while you try to figure out how to fix the issue, but NVIDIA has announced that it has not received any reports of damaged video cards so far. Instead, the most grievous of problems seem to include blacked out or corrupted screens, while most of the time the faulty drivers resulted in computers crashing or unexpectedly rebooting.
This is an issue that apparently affects users that are running Windows 10 and use a dual monitor setup. Reports mention that nothing out of the ordinary had occurred until they plugged the second monitor in, afterwards being greeted by either an inability of the PC to boot and only displaying a black screen or even glitchy image.
NVIDIA was pretty prompt about addressing the issue, which, after hearing news of the problem removed the old, faulty driver from their website and instead released another build of it, the GeForce 364.51 that addresses the issue and prevents any crashes or pitch black screens. Unfortunately, however, not even the new driver makes the cut as NVIDIA is still seeing reports of individuals experiencing displays that refuse to boot or various panel crashing within Windows 10.
Nevertheless, in the absence of another option, users who have experienced this issue should give the newest build a try, as it has been reported to fix all the glitches for some. However, the key to doing this successfully, with the least amount of bugs is to do a clean install of the new 364.51 WHQL driver. Instead of hitting the express installation button, make sure you remove the entirety of data from the previous 364.47 driver before you place the new one on your PC.
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