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Apple Notebooks Suffering From nVidia GPU Failures, Too


Apple Notebooks Suffering From nVidia GPU Failures, Too

We all know that there are a few nVidia graphics cards breaking, as documented by Dell and HP and it looks like the story isn't over yet. Apple has now announced a replacement plan for MacBook Pros with faulty nVidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics chips produced roughly between May last year and September this year.

Repairs are promised free of charge up to two years from the original date of purchase, even if the system in question is out of date - as per other manufacturers deals. Symptoms are, oddly enough, listed as either distorted or scrambled video or a complete lack thereof.

Likely systems to suffer from the defect are listed as all MacBook pros from early this year, as well as the 17in, 2.4GHz and 15in, 2,2GHz combinations.

More interesting, perhaps, is Apple's assertion that, when announcing some of its GPUs had issues, "nVidia assured Apple that Mac computers with these graphics processors were not affected". Apparently that isn't the case, though, hence this replacement scheme.

Still, if rumour is to be believed there's a whole slew of new nVidia-powered MacBooks ready to be announced tomorrow, so why worry about these old ones?

Luan Bach

October 13, 2008, 4:09 pm

"so why worry about these old ones?"

That is the stupidest comment I've heard in a while. Not everyone can buy a new laptop every year you know.


October 13, 2008, 6:43 pm

Sorry, I can't say it is stupid. Apple is a fashion... you need to in fashion therefor get the latest Apple product. Don't believe? As your friend that uses an iPod, why they change their perfectly working iPod... you will be surprised by the answer.

Beside probably the latest Mac OS won't even work on older machines.

Alan Downes

October 13, 2008, 8:04 pm

I think the 'why worry about these old ones comment?' was sarcastic.

Any idea what % of machines are affected? Should I be demanding a refund now or later?

mr dog

October 13, 2008, 8:10 pm

Yeah, I am not sure, but I think that comment may have been meant as sarcasm. Actually, I am pretty sure it was, yes I am going to go out on a limb here and say it was.


October 13, 2008, 8:47 pm

a point mentioned to potential buyers of macbooks?

seriously, why take comments like this seriously.

Dark of Day

October 13, 2008, 11:09 pm

...season that final line with a pinch of irony, it'll taste better :)


October 14, 2008, 12:54 am

I'm sure that comment wasn't made with a great deal of seriousness, but instead a light-hearted way of reminding anyone who may have just come out from under a rock that there are a new range of Apple MacBook's being announced tomorrow! Hurrah!

Anyone wanna buy my MacBook Pro? Mint condition, 14 months old, gimme a good offer I may even whip one of them savvy new Intel SSD's in it, hehe. Due into the UK channel on the 21st y'know...


October 14, 2008, 2:08 am

interested - if the new macbook pros don't live up to my expectations (9800m gtx PLEASE ;-) then i'll probably rush out and grab the last gen ones. the design still pleases me and they're all solid performers. plus i'm hoping the base models fall below a grand on the high street. dodgy gpu or not.


October 14, 2008, 2:18 am

To quote Randall Graves: "I'm not even going to point out the irony here."


October 14, 2008, 2:53 pm

MBP: Full gloss screen & black bezel (like iMac), glass trackpad, no click button, mini DisplayPort...

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