*ALERT* "nVidia 196.75 kills video cards"

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  1. digitalwanderer

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    Inc Games is reporting that nVidia 196.75 drivers can kill video cards:

    Just a heads-up to all those who are using 'em, check your fans and temps!
     
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    AGAIN ??!! Isn't this the 2nd set of NV drivers that have reportedly killed video cards... I suppose thats one way to get someone to "upgrade" ... ouch
     
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    /checks driver version
    phew safe....
     
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    Funny, It Worked Last Time...
    What a dramatic title.

    Anyway, as I posted at Bluesnews:

    Bludd wrote on Mar 5, 2010, 08:53:
    Seems like it is a problem with older cards.
    I chickened out and reverted to 196.34 beta (was very stable for me). I compared idle core temps before and after.

    196.75: idle at 51 Celsius
    196.34: idle at 41 Celsius

    My GPU is a 285 GTX so I guess all GPUs are affected to a certain degree (pun intended).
     
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    Why don't you try comparing load temps between versions? :wink:
     
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    Dramatic.. hardly, unless you happen to be one of these poor chaps (just a few of the reportedly failed cards)


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    Funny, It Worked Last Time...
    Can't at the moment. Have reverted. Won't install another driver until nvidia posts a new one.
     
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    Just in time to increase demand for Fermi as a bunch of nV users will need new cards :) [runs away]
     
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    What an evil and cunning plan! :shock:
     
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    It must be what the bad bumps were about, kind of like how household appliances last only about 5 years so you have to replace them when they die.
     
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    Ah-ha, that's it!

    The bump problem wasn't a "problem" so much as inbuilt obsolescence. Sell 'em the card, then in a year or two put out a set of drivers that specifically stresses their weak point just a few weeks before launching a new card.

    Brilliant, just brilliant. I might not like the way nVidia PR does business, but I gotta kind of admire their ruthless efficiency at it. :shock:
     
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    Been using them and thankfully haven't had a problem, as I overclock and don't always check my temps.
     
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    Perhaps you joke, but a big part of Materials Science is proper failure. The filament light bulb industry spent literally billions to design bulbs that would burn out at the most profitable, yet non-customer alienating, times. It's simple to make a bulb last nearly forever at literally no additional cost.
     
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    Nvidia: The way you're meant to be played!

    :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    Whaaaaat? I thought they were all bad rumours and superstitions/urban legends! Are you saying that the bulbs life is deliberately shorter? So now that we have people moving away from incandesants because of the longer lifespan of alternatives how come they haven't magically increased the lifespan of their bulbs?
     
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    If it was cheap to make longer lasting incandesant globes then a globe that lasts twice as long for say 50% more cost would sell significantly better with better margins.
     
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    What's even more fun is spending up to 5-8 dollars for Compact Flourescent bulb and having it last only a little over 1 year.

    I think I'm going to go back to Incandescents, they are far far cheaper in initial cost + energy used from my experience.

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    the biggest reason for CFL failures isn't the bulb.. it's the starter.. just like the old "long tube" flourescents (office, school building etc).. the bulbs last a while but the lil silver starter tends to fail.. CFLs are at their best when left on (use a dimmer switch ?). we've had out 1st CFL die in the hall way where theres a lot of travel back and fourth turning the lights on then off probably 6+ times a day... after about 4 years. 2 in the bathroom look like they are slow to start .. again a sign of the "ignition" failing.
     
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    I am absolutely saying that. I'm a phd materials scientist and attended a lecture on the topic from a top scientist at a bulb manufacturer.

    CFL are great for business - unless you use them right (min 15 minute on intervals, no vibration) the ballast often doesn't last as long as an incandescent so the same companies actually make higher profits.
     
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    Is it the igniter or the ballast? I was always under the impression that cycling the ballast cause premature failure of CFLs.
     
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