GeForce 378.57 hotfix gets some Pascal cards back up to speed

The GeForce drivers 378.49 may have come out of the oven a little undercooked. Users on the GeForce forums are complaining about a myriad of issues, like broken PhysX on Maxwell cards, crashing Java OpenGL apps, and overclocked Pascal cards stuck at reference speeds thanks to drivers' "debug mode" being stuck on. While there's no fix for the first issue yet, Nvidia has addressed the latter two problems with the latest hotfix driver, numbered 378.57.

According to EVGA technical support agent "MDecker," the debug mode is only available on graphics cards with factory overclocks. Digging a bit deeper, it seems that this mode will lock factory-overclocked cards to reference speeds for troubleshooting purposes. In the 378.49 driver, many Pascal cards incorrectly had debug mode forced on, something that could cause lower-than-expected graphics performance or interfere with overclocking.

The 378.49 release was also causing problems for players of the seminal block-building game Minecraft, thanks to a strange interaction between the driver and Java OpenGL applications. According to this post on the official Minecraft Reddit, the problem appears to lie with the driver's 3D Vision functionality. Users who decided to skip installing the 3D Vision component were spared the trouble.

The 378.57 hotfix driver should fix both of these issues, although a couple of users on the GeForce forums reported that they had to do a "clean install" to properly fix the debug mode problem. Grab the updated driver from Nvidia's customer support site.

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    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    I’m having to use 368.69 drivers from July last year on both my GTX970 and Optimus laptop.

    I cannot believe how far Nvidia driver QC has fallen. It’s like they’ve regressed and forgotten 15 years of learning how to make a working driver!

    • evilpaul
    • 3 years ago

    I’m installing this to see if OpenCL works again. Nope, RealBench is still broken.

    • I.S.T.
    • 3 years ago

    Nvidia, stop imitating the days of old. 🙁

    • LoneWolf15
    • 3 years ago

    I’m reluctant to apply new drivers until I’m positive they don’t break Folding@Home again. I’m running the hotfix drivers for that.

      • Oriflamme
      • 3 years ago

      What are you talking about here?

      • stefem
      • 3 years ago

      No problem form me with Kepler and Maxwell GPUs, Folding@home works great with no issue

    • thedosbox
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<] overclocked Pascal cards stuck at reference speeds [/quote<] Heh. You'd have thought they'd pay attention to that after a similar issue with 375.86. [url<][/url<]

      • Voldenuit
      • 3 years ago

      [i<]plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose[/i<].

    • K-L-Waster
    • 3 years ago

    Ahhh, NVidia, NVidia, NVidia… your drivers *used* to be so good….

      • Ninjitsu
      • 3 years ago

      Funniest twist ever, if Vega is recommended over Nvida based on drivers being better.

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