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Nvidia Gpu Meltdown (widespread Problem)


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#1 BlueScreenDeath

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Posted 09 September 2008 - 11:32 PM

So last month my laptop screen turned blank after getting random lines. Now I can't even start up the laptop.

I did some research, and it turns out there is a widespread hardware problem with Nvidia GPUs for laptops, causing meltdowns due to
overheating.
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2008/07/07/nv...failure-rates/1

http://direct2dell.com/one2one/archive/200...top-owners.aspx


What should I do? Is my entire motherboard screwed? (my Dell warranty expired a week b4 this happened)

Should I take my comp apart and sell the parts?

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#2 BlueScreenDeath

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 12:36 AM

If a laptop's GPU fails, does this doom the entire motherboard?

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 01:50 AM

I wouldnt give up hope yet. Wait for one of the more experienced posters. But if its just the GPU that's failing you could put an actual video card in there I would think, unless it took something else with it.

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 11:05 AM

k thxs. bump

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 02:31 PM

I hate to say it, but thing's don't look very good :thumbsup: . It's almost impossible to replace the gpu in a laptop, at least yourself. Computer hardware sellers, such as Newegg, don't sell laptop graphics card. You may be able to find a replacement on ebay, or through Dell, and most likely at a hefty price. A lot of laptops don't even allow for the graphics card to be replaced. The only thing I can suggest is to research if your specific laptop model can have the graphics card replaced.
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Posted 10 September 2008 - 02:37 PM

I hate to say it, but thing's don't look very good :thumbsup: . It's almost impossible to replace the gpu in a laptop, at least yourself. Computer hardware sellers, such as Newegg, don't sell laptop graphics card. You may be able to find a replacement on ebay, or through Dell, and most likely at a hefty price. A lot of laptops don't even allow for the graphics card to be replaced. The only thing I can suggest is to research if your specific laptop model can have the graphics card replaced.


My laptop is a Vostro1400 from Dell, with a Nvidia Geforce 8400m GS.

Do you know if this type is soldered onto the motherboard? What company do you suggest can replace the GPU? (my Dell warranty expired, so they probably can't) =/

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 06:36 PM

Ok, so I'm going to assume I can remove/replace this GPU?

Where can I purchase a stand alone 8400m GS?

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 07:18 PM

I looked through the dell vostro 1400 parts on the dell website, and there are no graphics card replacements. I also search through google, and couldn't find any 8400m gs graphics card's. Wasn't Dell recalling some of the laptops that use these faulty Nvidia chipsets? You may want to still check with dell to see if there's something they can do because they have admitted to these chipsets being faulty.
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Posted 10 September 2008 - 08:36 PM

Nope, not yet. But I've gone over some articles and it looks like Nvidia might do a recall...or they might get sued.

I want justice!!!

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2008/08/nvidia.html

Edited by BlueScreenDeath, 10 September 2008 - 09:47 PM.


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Posted 11 September 2008 - 06:57 PM

Ya, I just read today they are getting sued for hundreds of millions of dollars for faulty chipsets. I don't know if this is going to help you out any though.
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Posted 12 September 2008 - 12:12 AM

Yeh, so I'm screwed either way.

Anyways, do you know any website I can purchase laptop GPUs by themselves? I recently watched a youtube video detailing how to replace GPUs in laptops - and it involved taking apart the entire thing.

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 12:58 PM

Nvidia is getting sued.

http://digg.com/tech_news/NVIDIA_sued_over...ok_GPU_failures

I demand justice!!!

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 04:47 PM

I'd really think that if the GPU actually melted or fried, it would take a little more then itself. It would at least wreck the socket it's soldered to. I Would look into what some of the other guys were saying, see if it's on warranty or if it's on the recall.
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Posted 17 September 2008 - 09:05 PM

yeh, the offical dell blog says they're gonna extend the warranty by 12 months, but I called them last week and this hasn't happened yet.

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 07:13 PM

I wonder if this will be extended to E1705's with a GeForce 7900GS Go?




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