Settlement in Nvidia GPU case: Compaqs forced onto Mac users

It has been a few years since flaws in Nvidia's mobile GeForce 7000-series and 8000-series chips caused overheating problems, prompting users to send laptops back en masse to manufacturers. Laptop users of almost all makes were affected - Dell, HP and Compaq, Apple, and Sony. Nvidia first admitted to this problem back in July of 2008, then they were hit with a securities lawsuit in September of that year for continuing to supply defective chips to manufacturers despite knowing about problems with the packaging material used for cooling the chips.

After two years, the case came to a close earlier this year as Nvidia began paying out settlements to those affected. As Electronista reports, some were not too amused by what the only option was: a Compaq CQ-56 notebook. Some owners filed a complaint, stating the replacement laptop's specifications do not adequately match that of their affected machines. For example, for two affected GPUs, the Nvidia GeForce 8400M and 8600M, both outperform the Radeon 4250 HD on the CQ-56. For users of Macbook Pros, the gap becomes wider when one factors in the CPUs between the two machines. And finally, some users have Mac applications that they can't use on their replacement machine, which runs Windows 7.

All these objections were considered "without merit," in a ruling by Judge James Ware. He maintains the machines "meet or exceeds nearly all of the specifications," and any extra missing components can be added on. He also maintained an "advanced" operating system such as Windows 7 was good enough, software incompatibilities aside. With this ruling, one has to wonder if it was a better option to simply hand a monetary reimbursement for one to use towards a new system purchase of their choice.

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Ridiculous settlement terms. I wouldn't want a Compaq for a replacement MacBook Pro that's for damn sure, good thing Apple was replacing the MacBook Pros themselves for free.

My Sony laptop has an issue with the nVidia GeForce Go 7300. Sony replaced the board, but still the same problems. What can I do about it?

Tech Star said,
My Sony laptop has an issue with the nVidia GeForce Go 7300. Sony replaced the board, but still the same problems. What can I do about it?

Do what I am going to do, purchase a device without nVidia in it. I've got a MacBook Pro with an nVidia 9400M going strong but I'm still heading to AMD land once I have the cash.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

Do what I am going to do, purchase a device without nVidia in it. I've got a MacBook Pro with an nVidia 9400M going strong but I'm still heading to AMD land once I have the cash.

Or better idea: get a machine that uses Optimus. At least if the Nvidia chip craps out you have an integrated fallback. That said, the recent Nvidia chips aren't too bad once you move past the 'thousand' series.

seems like they also have an OVHE issue with the 9000 series chip.

I have the GeForce 9400M (GF 9100MG + GF 9300MGS) and cant go a day without it over heating on me.. its already bursted 5 replacements of thermal pads.

now I'm getting a any color screen of death like 10 times a day its really ****ing me off

clldc said,
seems like they also have an OVHE issue with the 9000 series chip.

I have the GeForce 9400M (GF 9100MG + GF 9300MGS) and cant go a day without it over heating on me.. its already bursted 5 replacements of thermal pads.

now I'm getting a any color screen of death like 10 times a day its really ****ing me off

What brand is it?

Mr Nom Nom's said,

What brand is it?

Its from MSI - MSI EX630x Notebook.

I swear MSI was good back in the days but have gone to CRAP.

got a MSI PR400 for a wedding gift did not even last 6 months b4 the motherboard failed
took it in to get new mobo and that one as well failed + fried my hard drive so took it back and they gave me this one saying "its new" and i knew it was not new as there where cracks on it (Also they did not replace my HD and took 1 gig of ram out if it because i wanted them to add the 2 gigs of ram that I paid for when I had the pr400).

Now MSI PR400 came with a Manufacturer Warranty - 3 Years Limited Warranty
so when they gave me the EX630 I was told when i called in about my issues with the ex630 that I now have less then a year for my Manufacturer Warranty.

how is this so? should I not be getting the same 3 year Manufacturer Warranty from MSI as i did with the PR400?

What a stupid judge!
If his car was manufactured badly, & the company gave him a downgraded replacement I wonder what his reaction will be?

Microsoft/Windows fans can rejoice. The judge has just confirmed that a Macbook Pro in worth just a $400-500 Windows 7 pc so why pay double/triple ? /s

alexalex said,
Microsoft/Windows fans can rejoice. The judge has just confirmed that a Macbook Pro in worth just a $400-500 Windows 7 pc so why pay double/triple ? /s

nice!

lol

rob.derosa said,
I thought Apple repaired their Macbooks affected by this issue for free?

Yes, they have also extended the guarantee for the affected machines by 2 years as far as I remember.

Thrasko said,

Yes, they have also extended the guarantee for the affected machines by 2 years as far as I remember.

and they changed the faulty chip (including the motherboard) by....... another chip with the same problem.

Apple = greedy bstard!.

Wow, they really screwed that up badly. A monetary reimbursement would have been a better solution, especially for affected MacBook owners.