this Nvidia driver is causing blue screens of death, the patch is coming

If you are using an Nvidia graphics card on your Windows PC, you may have noticed severe slowdowns in your machine for a few days. In the worst case, you may even be the victim of untimely blue screens of death. After investigation, Nvidia has recognized that the problem is caused by one of its recently updated drivers. A patch will be deployed tomorrow, but in the meantime a temporary solution exists.

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It’s not uncommon for faulty drivers to trigger blue screens of death on Windows. If the latter are not always catastrophic, they can undermine the proper functioning of the PC concerned, in addition to sabotaging the work carried out by users before it appears. Those equipped with an Nvidia graphics card have unfortunately been paying the price for a few days.

More specifically, the problems began on February 28, when the manufacturer rolled out a new update for its GeForce Game Ready 531.18 WHQL driver, which brought support for RTX Video Super Resolution technology. Users have since noticed that the Nvidia Display Container, a process run by the driver in question, causes CPU usage to spike up to 10% after closing games or graphics rendering applications, slowing down by does the whole system.

Patience, the Nvidia patch for Windows is coming

Worse still, among the luckiest, blue screens of death even interrupt the current session. “I didn’t have any of these issues before the update, and after downgrading to the previous version, I didn’t have any more issues”, explains a user on the Nvidia support forum. The manufacturer has since confirmed that its driver is the source of the bug. A patch is under development and will be deployed tomorrow, he said.

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In the meantime, you can always go to the task manager to stop the Nvidia Display Container process to end the slowdowns. You can also uninstall the latest version of the driver to return to the previous one while waiting for the official patch. Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Open the Device Manager
  2. Click on Graphics Cards
  3. Double click on your nvidia graphics card
  4. Go to the tab Pilot
  5. Click on Rollback driver

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