Lots of Nvidia Laptop Graphics Cards Are Overheating, Dying

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Apparently some previous-gen Nvidia graphics cards that shipped in "significant quantities" of notebooks are defective, built and packaged with "weak" materials that are leading to them to overheat and fail at a "higher-than-normal" rate. Enough are bad that Nvidia is taking a $150-$200 million hit on its earnings for the quarter. Do you have one of these cards?

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Nvidia doesn't say which cards are affected, but it seems to be ones in the 8M series (which are now previous gen). The fix-a new driver that kicks in the cooling fans sooner, rather than later—is being distributed direct to notebook makers. So, if you've got a new Nvidia driver waiting for you from Dell or whoever made your laptop, congrats, you win! [WSJ, PC World]

DISCUSSION

Nvidia needs to think what are they doing, i remember that they were also guilty about a lot of crashes on windows vista.