NVIDIA Releases Hotfix to Resolve Chrome Instability

/ 1 year ago


NVIDIA has just launched a long overdue Hotfix to remedy an issue with the latest 353.30 graphics drivers. Using this specific revision alongside Google Chrome often caused desktop freezing, blue screens of death and other stability problems. According to NVIDIA, the Hotfix specifically addresses:

  • Chrome Crashes/Freezes/TDRs
  • Delays when starting or switching apps & games with GSYNC enabled

While this is excellent news for NVIDIA customers, it is considered to be a temporary solution until the next fully featured driver arrives. NVIDIA’s release notes clearly state, “The GeForce Hotfix driver is our way to trying to get some of these fixes out to you more quickly. These drivers are basically the same as the previous released version, with a small number of additional targeted fixes. The fixes that make it in are based in part on your feedback in the Driver Feedback threads and partly on how realistic it is for us to quickly address them. These fixes (and many more) will be incorporated into the next official driver release, at which time the Hotfix driver will be taken down.”

I would only recommend downloading this Hotfix if you are desperate to try out the latest drivers and unwilling to roll back to a previous version. While the situation is far from ideal, it’s commendable that NVIDIA are looking to resolve serious bugs in a timely manner and prevent any negative murmurings about their driver quality.

The URL provided by NVIDIA is a little confusing and requires you to scroll down to access the correct path. Please find the direct links below for your convenience:

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  • 12John34

    So, all the latest drivers from Nvidia where suffering from instabilities in the most used browser. I was reading about these problems for at least 2-3 weeks now in the forums. Have you seen any articles about this problem? I mean, the most used browser crushing is not exactly something to ignore? Any articles? No. But there where articles all over the place about AMD not giving a WHQL driver, because the WHQL on the titles is MORE important for some than stability.

    The problems with Chrome where common in ALL the latest Nvidia drivers. ALL. Not just 353.30, but the press will cover up as always Nvidia’s wrong doings.

    • applejack

      the chrome issue appeared in 3 previous drivers, which were released in a time frame of one month, and was fixed in a forth driver within an extra week.

      to put things in perspective, when you have issues with AMD driver, you wait 1 to 3 months, best case scenario.

      you can quit bitching now.

      • 12John34

        If you say so.