Seeing those distorted videos and blank screens on your MacBook Pro? It’s not your fault. Rather, it appears to be because of a problem with the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M graphics chip that is embedded on the notebook. Following a class action lawsuit filed against NVIDIA, the company has agreed to offer free repair to any user that has an 8600M embedded notebook and is facing these issues. The litigation website is here and you may check if your notebook model is covered on this website. Basically, the list includes the MacBook Pro, Inspiron, Latitude, Precision, XPS, Vostro, Presario and Pavilion notebooks.
Do note that the replacement does not start immediately. The website notes,
“The Court will hold a hearing on December 20, 2010 at 9:00 a.m., to decide whether to approve the settlement. If Judge Ware approves the settlement, the processing of replacements is expected to begin shortly afterwards. Reimbursements will be paid after all claims are filed.
Please be patient.”
Hewlett Packard have unveiled a brand new version of their 13.3″ Pavilion DM3 notebook that comes with an Aluminium finish and integrates a CoolSense technology that will help in better heat management. Also, the redesigned model cuts down on a lot of flab and measures less than 1-inch in thickness and weighs not more than 3.99 pounds.
There are a good few enhancements on the specifications as well. The 13.3-inch display notebook runs on a 1.2 GHz dual core Intel Pentium processor that is supplemented by Intel’s HD Graphics chip. It is however reported that an alternative ULV Core i3 processor could be offered as an alternate processor down the line. In addition to this, other features include a 4GB DDR3 RAM, a 320GB Hard drive, a 7,200 RPM hard disc and connectivity offered by Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The highlight is definitely the CoolSense technology that can control the fans depending on whether the laptop is actually on your lap or is elsewhere. The notebook comes with a 6-cell battery that can power your device for a good 7.5 hours.
HP Pavilion DM3 is now available at a starting price of $550.