12 months extra free, if an nVidia GPU is the fault.
Dell already dished up a list of its notebooks affected by failing nVidia graphics chips and offered up a BIOS patch to accompany said systems, but it seems the company isn’t finished yet. In a similar move to HP, Dell is now extending the standard warranties on systems with the dodgy nVidia chips by 12 months, if these systems fail because of a problem with the GPU.
The all important line from the Direct2Dell blog reads: “ Dell will offer a 12-month limited warranty enhancement specific to this issue. For all customers worldwide, we plan to add 12 months of coverage for this issue to the existing limited warranty up to 60 months from the date of purchase for the following systems:”
This warranty extension is a worldwide affair, and more details are supposed to be announced in the next few weeks. If you don’t fancy having your GPU fan spinning at an extremely annoying pitch and volume or playing with copper (to awesome effect) then the knowledge that your notebook will almost certainly be replaced should it die will doubtless be comforting. In all likelihood, any GPU lasting past the extended warranty’s lapsing is almost certainly going to be okay.