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Apple Admits Nvidia GPU Defect In Some MacBook Pros 89

bigwophh writes "The brouhaha over defective Nvidia mobile graphics chips keeps rolling along, even months after the initial headlines have faded. Despite Nvidia's promises that Apple's GeForce 8600M GT-based MacBook Pros had dodged the bullet and were immune from the defect, Apple now counters that it wasn't, in fact, so lucky. 'In July 2008, NVIDIA publicly acknowledged a higher than normal failure rate for some of their graphics processors due to a packaging defect. At that same time, Nvidia assured Apple that Mac computers with these graphics processors were not affected. However, after an Apple-led investigation, Apple has determined that some MacBook Pro computers with the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor may be affected.' The units in question are the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro notebooks with Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT GPUs, built between May 2007 and September 2008."
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Apple Admits Nvidia GPU Defect In Some MacBook Pros

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  • by TheLink ( 130905 ) on Saturday October 11, 2008 @12:36PM (#25340021) Journal
    So Charlie of The Inquirer was right?
  • by aliquis ( 678370 ) <> on Saturday October 11, 2008 @01:11PM (#25340297) Homepage

    Too bad Apple got rid of the quality control but kept the price level.

  • Re:Price Drop? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by TrekkieGod ( 627867 ) on Saturday October 11, 2008 @01:31PM (#25340441) Homepage Journal

    Pros. Macbooks use the intel on board chips which while sucky for gaming, have now proven themselves to not be mini-USS Enterprises.

    Because of the self-destruct? Dude, even I think that's stretching for a reference.

  • by Kagura ( 843695 ) on Saturday October 11, 2008 @02:26PM (#25340795)

    Luckily, I had AppleCare at the time and Apple just kept the HD intact.

    I learned the hard way that you cannot leave your hard drive in the computer when you send it in for repairs. In retrospect, it was stupid of me to send my hard drive with irreplaceable items on it, but it is a mistake only made once.

  • Re:Well duh (Score:3, Insightful)

    by cbreaker ( 561297 ) on Saturday October 11, 2008 @02:38PM (#25340885) Journal

    So, you're pissed because you procrastinated until the last days of your warranty, and you ended up being late. And then, they told you to call them (with the hope that they might be able to do something for you) and you don't want to call them because you're lazy.

    I don't love Apple and I think their prices are way too high for what you get, but c'mon man, that's stretching it. You screwed up. Don't blame Apple for your stupidity.

  • Re:"brouhaha" (Score:4, Insightful)

    by konohitowa ( 220547 ) on Saturday October 11, 2008 @03:12PM (#25341059) Journal

    Well, I really don't have an issue with the word "brouhaha". It's something journalists roll out to sensationalize a story. Much like "beleaguered" or "oft maligned".

    However, this story headline has a much better version of that tactic... "admits". Which implies that there was either denial or that they have been accused of something and are now confessing. That may not be the exact dictionary definition, but that's the implication when using the word - particularly in this context.

    Based upon the story, the correct word is "claims". It is Nvidia that will be in a position to "admit" there's a problem, because they are the ones that "claimed" there was no problem with Apple systems while Apple is now "claiming" Nvidia's statement to be false.

    Again, these are not strictly dictionary definitions nor are they exact legal jargon. They are based upon the implied meanings of those words when used in everyday language.

    As an aside, my favorite use of that tactic is when the word "alleged" is rolled out. Basically, anything can be "alleged", but journalists roll it out when they want to cast doubt on an issue.

  • by Khyber ( 864651 ) <> on Saturday October 11, 2008 @03:36PM (#25341179) Homepage Journal

    Actually, the techs find the problem, replace the part, the engineers have to go over all the failed parts to figure out what's causing the failure.

    For instance, the hinges on the DV9000 HP laptops were defective. The techs replaced it, made note of it, engineers went over notes techs made, decided to do a recall. The techs do most of the grunt work and are usually the first to find and report recurring problems. (We do have internal email in these depots, so techs can send in observations to the engineering staff.)

When you are working hard, get up and retch every so often.