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Old 7th October, 2008, 12:48 AM
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Just talked to the Dell guy that's servicing it today.

Firstly, the problem is NOT fixed. What he will be doing is replacing the motherboard, GPU, heat pipe, heat sink, and fan with brand new ones. He will use more thermal grease on the GPU than normal to try to control the problem, and the BIOS will still run the fan non stop due to the fact that the GPU, while it will be replaced, will be replaced with another defective GPU chip.

Apparently in the USA NVidia is fighting it out with OEMs, the OEMs argument is that NVidia's mobile chips /should/ be designed to handle heat cycles without dying. NVidia's argument is that the chips were not installed correctly and as a result is not fixing the design.

So this new chip will probably die again in 6-12 months at which point the motherboard/gpu/heatsink/fan will need replacing again. Then again after that, then again after that.

Makes me glad I took out the three year warranty.
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