NVIDIA Drivers Fan Speed Alert

Mar 17, 2010

On the Ubuntu developer mailing list, Alberto Milone warns testers of the alpha version of Ubuntu 10.04 about problems with the resident NVIDIA driver versions 195.36.08 and 195.36.03.

The 195.36.08 and 195.36.0 driver versions can possibly affect the GPU fan speed, according to Milone. The original alert came from NVIDIA forums themselves and referred to Windows driver version 196.75. After NVIDIA detected the fan speed problem, it removed the driver and published an alert on the drivers download page.

Milone himself had not experienced any problems with the drivers, but suggested to remove them to be on the safe side. His mailing list entry indicates how to deactive the drivers and use the open NVIDIA driver instead for the time being.

In the nV News forum, NVIDIA's AaronP recommended for the same reasons to revert to the 190.53 Web release or the 195.30 public beta version. Meanwhile, however, NVIDIA has corrected the original fan speed problem with a 195.36.15 update.

Even though Milone speaks for Ubuntu 10.04 only, the alert might also affect other Linux distros where the proprietary drivers are deployed, such as openSUSE and Mandriva.

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    Yes, he mentions the warning issued by NVIDIA that the drivers 195.36.08 and 195.36.03 might be affected by the same GPU fan speed issues which were detected earlier in the windows drivers. You might not face any troubles with it but there have been a few reports so its better to be careful. The problem might take a while to resolve, so its better to take the measures suggested by Nvidia. Otherwise, you might want to disable the current suspicious driver, using either of the 2 methods suggested by Alberto Milone in Ubuntu. This might be the case for only Lucid users.

    However, I have my NV card on manually controlled 140mm fan over a Accelero S2 VGA cooler. Guess I won't see that issue! blunk

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