A significant number of NVIDIA GTX 860M owners have been experiencing random freezing during certain games which made it impossible to use their hardware as intended. For example, one user said:
“Just tried battlefront. My Y50-70 with 860m 4gb completely locks up as soon as I loaded a game.”
This seems to be a fairly common occurrence as most of the complaints revolve around general instability. Patching any major faults via driver updates is a difficult process and requires a great deal of testing. Although, the gaming experience shouldn’t be like this in the first place and consumers expect much better from NVIDIA. Thankfully, NVIDIA has now released a hotfix which theoretically resolves the regular crashing. While it’s too early to say if the hotfix has been a resounding success, early reports are positive:
“The new hotfix is working fine. Tested on Fallout 4, Witcher 3 and Cities Skylines. Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition 860M, i5 4210H.”
Please note, the hotfix is specifically designed to fix issues with the GTX 860M and not other solutions like the GTX 870M. If you’re interested in giving the hotfix a try I’d strongly recommend uninstalling the older drivers via Display Driver Uninstaller. Once complete perform a fresh install of the 359.12 located here.