After a number of complaints from end users, Nvidia has pulled its latest official beta driver from its nZone portal.
Last Tuesday, the company released Forceware version 162.15 for Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows XP Professional x64, Windows Server 2003 x64 and Windows Vista.
However, users in Nvidia's forums complained about BSODs when entering the driver control panel
under Windows XP x64 and also problems with Lost Planet
under Windows Vista.
On Friday, Nvidia decided to pull the plug on the drivers from nZone, while leaving a short message: "Due to a problem with the v162.15 Windows XP and Windows XP 64-bit Beta drivers, they have been removed for download. We will be replacing these drivers with new fixed drivers shortly."
The replacement drivers haven't turned up yet, so users should continue using the official drivers from Nvidia's homepage
. Alternatively, if you're a GeForce 8800-series owner, there are also the 158.45 beta drivers
available for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista.
Although these drivers were released with some show-stopper flaws, it's at least commendable that the company removed them as soon as it was aware of the problems. I guess it's part and parcel of using beta drivers...
Did you try these drivers before they were pulled? Share your experiences with them in the forums