Blizzard Entertainment reported today that several StarCraft II beta testers are having serious problems with their PCs and video-cards. Some players have even reported that their PC or Video-Cards have died after installing the latest nVidia 196.75 drivers.
This large amount of reports from the users have made Blizzard Entertainment warn by issuing an official statement on the technical support forums after identifying the source of this gruesome problem.
Some of the StarCraft II beta testers have been throwing the blame on the StarCraft II Beta client's latest patch, but the Blizzard Technical Support representative quickly explained that this issue is caused by the latest nVidia 196.75 drivers.
Blizzard Entertainment recommended uninstalling the nVidia 196.75 drivers and downgrading to a previous version of the driver. The StarCraft II Beta game is not the only game affected. It seems that these 196.75 drivers have been causing problems with the fans of the graphic adapters.
Every single 3D Application (Games, to be exact) running these drivers is going to be exposed to overheating, or in the worst cases, causing damage to the video card, motherboard and processor.
Gamers can be in serious trouble while playing intensive games with realistic graphics such as Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Aliens vs. Predator or Crysis and others.
Some of the players out there have been able to manually change the fan speed of the GPU using the EVGA precision Tool to run their fans at 77% speed to compensate.
nVidia's response to the problem was "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."
To download the older 196.21 WHQL drivers:
For Windows 7/Vista x86 http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7_winvista_32bit_196.21_whql.html
For Windows 7/Vista x64 http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7_winvista_64bit_196.21_whql.html