Nvidia graphics card users are advised to stay away from the GeForce 364.17 update after reports of blacked out screens turned up. Users at first suspected that the new driver was frying their GPUs and turning their graphics cards into expensive blocks of plastic. However, it turns out that no real damage has been done; aside from the glitchy driver.
GeForce 364.17 was released on Monday and reports of corrupted screens soon began to appear on the internet. Most problems were quickly resolved by rolling back the drivers to an earlier set, although it is unknown what is causing the problem. Nvidia believes that it has something to do with using the “express install” option.
Interestingly, the problem appears to be mainly affecting Windows 10 users. This could simply be due to the large number of PC gamers who have upgraded to the latest version of Windows, but it would seem that those reporting problems on older versions of Windows are in the minority.
Nvidia has submitted a new driver to Microsoft for WHQL approval, but that may take a couple of days to be pushed out. Until then, people are advised against updating drivers.