Subject: Graphics Cards | October 22, 2016 - 06:49 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nvidia, graphics drivers
Before it was released, employees of NVIDIA were claiming that it was difficult to get their drivers through Microsoft's WHQL certification. It is a busy time of year, with the holiday gaming and hardware rush in full swing, so there was likely a backlog until Microsoft could return the signed graphics driver. It also seems like GeForce 375.57 drivers could have used a little more time in NVIDIA's QA department.
At the GeForce Forums, users are complaining about a variety of issues. Ironically, there seems to be a bunch of them claiming that Battlefield 1 is crashing and otherwise being buggy. I haven't installed the game yet, so I cannot contribute my own experiences to it, one way or the other. I have seen some issues myself, though. For instance, I can confirm that tiles in the Windows 10 Start Menu lock up the entire panel if you attempt to move them. NVIDIA acknowledges a handful of issues with Windows 10 on their forums, and they plan a hotfix driver soon (which I'm guessing cannot be applied on PCs running Anniversary Edition clean installs that have secure boot enabled, because of Microsoft's kernel mode driver changes -- thankfully, I'm guessing that applies to very few people).
One issue that seems localized to me, though, is StarCraft II. Since I installed the driver (and granted I installed several things that night, like the CUDA SDK) it fails to launch about three-quarters of the time. Could be unrelated, but it should give you an idea about how broad the issues seem to be. Other users are complaining about GIFV corruption, for instance.
Best to roll back and wait for the next WHQL driver (unless hotfix users give glowing praise).
Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2016 - 01:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: apple, Intel, iPhone 7 Plus
You have likely heard rumours of some iPhone 7 Plus models having network connection issues and that Intel is being blamed. The good news is that only the UK models seem to have an Intel modem, most other markets are using a Qualcomm model which does not have the performance degradation. The issue seems to cause the signal quality of Intel based models to degrade significantly more quickly as network conditions degrade when compared to models which use the Qualcomm modem. So far The Inquirer has no news on an official statement by Apple or Intel; same as the lack of response about the storage performance on lower cost models.
"iPhone 7 Plus users in the UK will be affected by Apple's decision to source modems for the device from Intel. Only models sold in China, Japan and the US come with more tried and trusted modems made by Qualcomm."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Attack on Dyn DNS service knocked Twitter, Spotify and SoundCloud offline @ The Inquirer
- Microsoft kinda did OK this quarter – but whatever, Wall Street loves Satya Nadella @ The Register
- Globalfoundries China fab put on hold @ DigiTimes
- It’s official: Unionized video game voice actors are on strike @ Ars Technica
- Tesla Autopilot 2.0: the Next Generation of Autopilot Hardware Suite @ Hardware Secrets
- Personalizing Windows 10 Anniversary Edition @ Hardware Secrets
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