ALERT: NVIDIA: 196.75 fan control issues

There is an article over on slashdot this morning about Nvidia 196.75 drivers causing video cards to severely overheat and melt down. If you are using these drivers it is recommended that you downgrade to 196.21 until they get it fixed.

    “Blizzard recommended to uninstall the NVIDIA 196.75 drivers, and to downgrade to the previous driver version: 196.21. Starcraft II Beta is not the only application affected, thus this is a worldwide alert to every gamer out there. Blizzard concluded the fans control in this NVIDIA driver is not working properly.”

Nvidia is quoted as saying:

    “We are aware that some customers have reported fan speed issues with the latest 196.75 WHQL drivers on Until we can verify and root cause this issue, we recommend that customers stay with, or return to 196.21 WHQL drivers. Release 196.75 drivers have been temporarily removed from our Web site in the meantime.”

Here are some useful links for two of the more popular drivers at Nvidia:
Windows XP
Windows Vista/7 64-bit

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New Freesia Mobile!

Tonight DameFreesia and I went out to Salem NH to the Interstate Auto Auction and bought her a new car with her Tax Returns. Thanks Meds and chica for accompanying us. We got a car for about half of blue book value!

title: 2002 Volkswagen Jetta
Description: GLS Wagon 4D – Transmission: 5 Speed Manual – Engine: 4-Cyl. 2.0 Liter – Mileage: 183634 – ExtColor: Silver – IntColor: Black – Features: Abs (4-wheel),Air Conditioning,Dual Front Air Bags,Front Side Air Bags,Power Door Locks,Power Steering,Power Windows,Roof Rack,Tilt Wheel – Vin#:WVWSK61J02W263344 KELLEY BLUE BOOK VALUE $5,445

Recycling: Businesses

Today I went outside here at work, and the bar next door has about six large trash bags tucked behind their dumpster, and I got to thinking. NH seems to be a little behind the times on recycling laws. How many resources are dumped into land fills that we could easily recycle? Things like cans, bottles, papers. What businesses are the largest producers of this type of waste? Bars and restaurants. How could we incentivize (is that a word?) these companies to recycle?

So that lead me to think that perhaps we should make recycling of most (say 75%) of such waste mandatory. We already do state health inspections of facilities. How hard would it be to have them check to make sure that most of a businesses waste in these areas is put into a separate bin for recycling? Seems pretty trivial to me. Alternatively the towns and/or state could provide pick up services (like they to do residential) and it could be tracked that way. I understand that businesses would need to pay for the receptacles, and the service, but that could then be tied into a tax break for them. (ie Cost of doing business.) Or an additional reward of an additional tax break.

Just some random thoughts…