Update on Nvidia Bad graphics chips(11 posts)
Thanks again Rick. Dell doesn't list the laptop I was looking to buy, as one of the problem ones. Same chip, but on an old M/B. (finishing off the old stock I think). Did NVIDIA maybe, slightly re-design the chip, and order a new batch. Or is it possibly not compatible with some newer M/B's ?
Will we ever know ?
That is a hard question to answer. Each manufacture keeps their product designs so secret that it difficult to determine (Unless Leaked) what was or is the problem with the Video Chip.
You might remember the scandal with the first Intel Pentiums Processors which would not calculate correctly (Bad Math Co-Processor). Even with the all denials, feature cut-offs, supposed software fixes, etc. to try to over come the problem; the issued ended with a Complete Redesign of the Processor Chip plus a class action product replacement law suit.
A similar issue occurred about (5) years ago when Builders, such as myself, began experiencing early motherboard failures across many brands. It turned out (one) supplier of Talenum Capacitors cheated with the wrong chemical mixture during production (an employee problem). Fortunately, Asus never used the OEM supplier so their MBs were not affected and my machines were not either.
All of this being said, I guess the real answer to your question is that the public (consumer) may never know what the exact problem is / was with the NVIDIA Video Chip. The details will fade into oblivion as other more pressing issues take center stage.
Here is what I could find out for you today concerning the Video Chip Problem.
"Nvidia hasn't determined the cause of the problem but said it relates to a packaging material used with some of its chips, as well as the thermal design of some laptops. Modern processors generate considerable amounts of heat.
To tackle the problem, the company is releasing a software driver that will cause system fans to start operating sooner and reduce the "thermal stress" on the chips. The driver has been provided to laptop makers directly, said Derek Perez, a spokesman for Nvidia."
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