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Friday, 01 October 2010 11:11

Nvidia reaches settlement for faulty mobile GPUs

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50+ notebook models subject to replacement
Nvidia has announced a settlement in its lengthy dispute over defective mobile GPUs.

This is the first time Nvidia has publicly acknowledged shipping faulty chips, despite the fact that the issue was first brought up three years ago. More than 50 notebook models from Dell, HP and Apple were affected by defective chip packaging and Nvidia has agreed to replace defective units.

Although Nvidia should replace faulty GPUs and MCPs, it’s clear that the move will most likely result in the replacement of thousands of laptops, not just defective bits. Dell and Apple users will probably get replacement GPUs, while HP owners will be entitled to new notebooks.

Nvidia still maintains that it is free of any wrongdoing or liability, at least formally. The announcement might bring a smile to the faces of thousands of affected consumers, but it has already brought noting but tears for Nvidia shareholders.

You can check out the details here. If you happen to have one of the affected models, please let us know how it all goes.
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+12 #1 hondaman 2010-10-01 13:32
I'm furious! Why was my laptop not included? I have a HP DV9548us which I paid $12000 for in 2008. It is dead because of the faulty Nvidia chip!
 
 
-16 #2 Scootiep 2010-10-01 13:34
OMG, STOP THE PRESSES, a story that doesn't paint a good picture for nVidia!

Seriously though, can fanboys on both sides of the isle just keep their mouths shut this time? If you actually read the stories posted on fud, you realize that there's a lot more un-biased content than you think. Does it seem like some articles are slanted a little in nVidia's favor? Sure, but for the most part they're top notch. The guys here do a pretty damn good job of getting you the most recent information. So stop your bitching.
 
 
+9 #3 Bl0bb3r 2010-10-01 14:37
I would have liked seeing it coming from Fufy than Pete.
 
 
+8 #4 freaq 2010-10-01 15:36
well that's just great...
so i don;t get a replacement...

seeing the hundreds of models affected, reaching a settlement for only a few models is very unsatisfying!

:S
 
 
+4 #5 NickThePrick 2010-10-01 16:10
Quoting Bl0bb3r:
I would have liked seeing it coming from Fufy than Pete.


LMAO i was thinking the same thing. Nvidia article not written by Fufy, I knew instantly its not gonna be pretty
 
 
+3 #6 nele 2010-10-01 19:15
Quoting hondaman:
I'm furious! Why was my laptop not included? I have a HP DV9548us which I paid $12000 for in 2008. It is dead because of the faulty Nvidia chip!


I sure hope you mean 1,200, not 12,000... Get in touch with HP and let us know what they said. We'll be more than glad to run a story about it...
 
 
+2 #7 shandman 2010-10-01 19:20
I had this problem with a Dell D630 and a Nvidia NVS 135m. Overheated on idle.

The funny thing is, when the Dell guy came to replace the GPU...he replaced it with the same faulty GPU! Nvidia actually didn't have a hardware replacement fix, and now two years later my notebook continues to run hot on idle though there have been no overheatings so far (about 76*).

Afterwards, Nvidia released a patch for the driver that didn't fix the solution back then. It actually made it worse. It would purposefully declocked the GPU when it reached a certain temp. It messed up playing games or using apps, so I had to sue the old one.

Now that Nvidia owned up to this, will they replace it with the same faulty chip? Lucky HP owners...
 
 
+3 #8 hondaman 2010-10-01 19:36
Quoting nele:
Quoting hondaman:
I'm furious! Why was my laptop not included? I have a HP DV9548us which I paid $12000 for in 2008. It is dead because of the faulty Nvidia chip!


I sure hope you mean 1,200, not 12,000... Get in touch with HP and let us know what they said. We'll be more than glad to run a story about it...



Yes, $1200, I'm sorry. I was so mad when I typed that I messed up.

I have contacted HP in the past, and they will fix it for about $400.00. It is out of warranty. Should I contact them again since this ruling and see what they say?
 
 
+2 #9 redisnidma 2010-10-01 21:59
I would have loooooved seing Fudo posting this piece. :-)
 
 
0 #10 Hobgoblin 2010-10-02 04:55
Awww, I'm pissed, my TX1000 model isn't on the list, but still has a dodgy nVidia chip. It has never been able to recognise the wireless network card, which is a listed symptom on the site, but still they don't have the specific model.

Wankers.
 

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