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NVIDIA settles in US courts over faulty 8400M and 8600M GPU's

  • 30-12-2010 2:38pm
    Registered Users Posts: 54 ✭✭

    As an XPS M1330 owner I would like to point everyone's attention to
    the news that NVIDIA has admitted to a major manufacturing screw-up,
    which is seeing thousands of its GPUs overheating, burning out and

    There has been a class action brought against the company in the
    United States and affected customers will be entitled to compensation,
    provided they have one of the affected GPU's. These are the 8400M and
    8600M. A settlement was agreed in the courts only recently and it
    looks like NVIDIA got off pretty lightly, but only time will tell. As
    there are potentially many thousands more with this GPU outside the US
    there now is hope that we can finally get justice over this matter.

    As a European citizen I would ask any European customers who have
    suffered the problems due to the fault, whether you own Acer, Apple,
    Asus, BenQ, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, LG, MSI, NEC, Sony, Toshiba (Yes, all
    these computer companies have used these GPU's) to make a lot of noise
    and keep contacting both your computer manufacturer and file a
    complaint with a consumer rights office in your own country. This has
    to be brought to the attention of the European courts for anything to
    happen here.

    Here's a link to the official NVIDIA Settlement website:

    Remember, so far this only refers to US customers so if you bought
    your system outside the US this does not cover you. The only way to
    get justice is to kick up a big fuss and to bring this to the
    attention of the European Courts. You can use the site to see which
    computer models have been covered in the settlement.

    Here is a news article on the sorry story:

    Finally, I would ask everyone affected to pass this information on by
    posting in forums, social networking sites, etc. This was a big
    surprise to me as Dell told me just a month ago that there is nothing
    wrong with the 8400M GPU although I have had my motherboard replaced
    3 times since the summer of 2007 when I purchased my XPS M1330 for
    nearly €2,000.