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.”
In a first, NVIDIA has launched the new GeForce GTX 460 graphics card that is the company’s most inexpensive solution to support DirectX 11 – a set of utilities that brings realistic graphics and sound while you play games or watch movies on your Windows 7 desktop.
The $199 graphics processor is based on the Fermi architecture that offers improved multimedia performance in comparison with the earlier graphics card from NVIDIA. The GeForce GTX 460 is noted to contain 336 processing cores and 768MB graphics memory.
We should however note that this is not the first graphics card to be based on the Fermi architecture. There are better alternatives in the $279 to $499 price range. However, the latest launch is specifically aimed at competing against ATI Radeon HD 5830 that offers similar functionality at the same price.
NVIDIA’s much awaited GeForce GTX 480M Fermi GPU is finally here. The powerful GPU is now available on Clevo D900F gaming notebook for all you gamers. It has an enormously powerful set of technical specifications, but the price of the notebook is pretty much on the higher side too. Clevo D900F notebooks are on sale at a starting price of $2,959.
Display : 17″ Wide Viewing Angles WUXGA
Processor : Intel Core i7 Extreme
GPU : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M/480M/3800M
Memory : 12GB DDR3 SDRAM
Storage : 500GB or 750GB
Camera : 3 megapixel digital video camera
[via AVA Direct]