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 NVIDIA.com. 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

slashdot source: http://games.slashdot.org/story/10/03/05/0739241/NVIDIA-Driver-Update-Causing-Video-Cards-To-Overheat-In-Games
original source: http://www.incgamers.com/News/21293/nvidia-19675-kills-video-cards