Nvidia Settles Canadian Class Action Lawsuit for $1.8 MIllion

Paul Lilly

GPU maker still paying the price for defective chips

Several years ago, there was a big brouhaha over Nvidia's notebook GPUs failing at an "abnormal rate" due to a manufacturing defect. Nvidia would go on to settle a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. for $2 million, and it looks as though it will spend a similar amount to settle another suit brought on behalf of Canadians who also purchased systems equipped with a faulty GPU.

It's not clear if the current class-action suit is related to those same GPUs, though according to Yahoo News , Nvidia has agreed to pay CAD $1.9 million (around USD $1.8 million) to settle for the benefit of those who purchased an "Affected Computer" experience a "Qualifying Symptom."

There are five symptoms that qualify:

  1. Distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen
  2. No video on the screen even when the computer is on
  3. Random characters, lines, or garbled images on the computer screen
  4. Intermittent video issues
  5. Failure to detect wireless adapter or wireless networks

Those who qualify will receive a cash payment based on a number of factors, including the severity of the symptom(s), loss of use of the affected PC, age of the PC, out-of-pocket repairs, and other relevant factors.

A court still has to approve the settlement. There's a hearing scheduled for mid-September.

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