GeForce 397.55 hotfix driver fixes sudden unloading and GTX 1060 woes

Some folks who installed the GeForce 397.31 driver had some very strange problems over the last week. While leaving the machine “without user input,” even if it was active otherwise, the driver could be unloaded by Windows 10. That driver version also had specific problems on some GeForce GTX 1060 cards where it would fail to install or crash and then report a Code 43 error in Device Manager. In any case, never fear: Nvidia has released GeForce 397.55 hotfix driver that resolves both of these issues.

Folks who suffered stuttering playback in Netflix will also apparently find relief in this driver. Additionally, this release supports Microsoft's Surface Books and their built-in GeForce cards. That's about it for this minor release, but that auto-unload bug was a doozy. If you grabbed GeForce driver 397.31 and haven't already downgraded, you'd better go ahead and upgrade to 397.55. Likewise, if you're playing Battletech or Frostpunk but skipped the last driver due to these bugs, 397.55 should be safe to swap in. You can get the new driver from Nvidia's support site.

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    • seeker010
    • 1 year ago

    installer hangs computer computer and 397.31 refuses to boot.
    this driver series has really bad qc.

    • Logan[TeamX]
    • 1 year ago

    I’m definitely happy it didn’t affect Win 7 installs. Gamed off and on all weekend with my Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1060 6GB without issues while running the 397.31 driver.

    I’ll still update to the new driver anyhow when I get home tonight.

    • moshpit
    • 1 year ago

    Yup, I had the WIndows unloading the driver issue as well. Was very frustrating. It would be fine for a few days then drop the driver for no apparent reason. Reinstalling fixed it every time. I reverted to an older one last night out of frustration.

    Will try the new one today. Using a Gigabyte Aorus 1080 Ti.

    • jokinin
    • 1 year ago

    Well, that is weird, I was using the 391.35 drivers from april which were working fine with my GTX1060 6GB, until I downloaded and installed Windows 10 april update. After that, the drivers didn’t recognise my GPU and used the default generic vga driver.
    Today I installed the mentioned 397.31 driver and everything seems to be working fine, but after reading this piece of news looks like I will have to download and install the 397.55 version.

      • stefem
      • 1 year ago

      Just a small part of GTX 1060 triggered the bug in the driver

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