Nvidia got in some hot water literally this month, with its overheating driver issue. Nvidia’s GeForce 196.75 driver, which was causing fans to malfunction, basically putting your video card and possibly your motherboard in jeopardy, was fixed with the release of driver version 197.13. Nvidia has issued an apology for overheating problems. “Nvidia apologises to our customers that installed the 196.75 driver and experienced quality issues. We continue to work closely with our add-in-card partners and PC manufacturers to help resolve any additional customer issues not solved by reverting to the earlier driver. Any Nvidia customer who has questions about their board as a result of downloading [the] 196.75 driver should contact their board supplier.
“Basically according to reports around the web, the driver was causing the fan to fail, which in effect causes overheating. The driver was found to effect GeForce GPUs. Nvidia has c0mpletely removed the driver from its site and asked users to roll back to 196.21 or now upgrade to 197.13. It is always a good idea to monitor GPU temps, and even CPU temps, especially when updating drivers.