Nvidia GPU Settlement Reveals All Affected Notebooks

Paul Lilly

Remember that big brouhaha over Nvidia's notebook GPUs failing at an "abnormal rate" due to a manufacturing defect? It was never entirely clear exactly how many models were affected, until now. As part of a settlement in a class-action lawsuit, Nvidia has agreed to compensate affected owners of certain Apple, Dell, and HP/Compaq models, including repairs of the defective chip, providing a replacement notebook of equal value, or reimbursing for repairs, depending on the model you purchased.

There are around 50 models listed in the settlement with manufacturing dates ranging from November 2005 all the way up to February 2010 (Dell XPS M1710). Here are the symptoms indicative of a bad part:

  • Distorted or scrambled video on the notebook computer screen (All)
  • No video on the notebook computer screen even when the notebook computer is turned on (All)
  • Random characters, lines, or garbled images on the notebook computer screen (Dell, HP)
  • Intermittent video issues (Dell, HP)
  • Failure to detected the wireless adapter (select HP models)
  • Failure to detect the wireless network (select HP models)

The settlement includes a $2 million fund for reimbursement subject to court approval. A judge will decide whether or not to approve the settlement on December 20, 2010.

Nvidia Settlement Homepage
Affected Laptop Models

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