Earlier this year Nvidia publicly acknowledged
a higher than normal failure rate for some of their graphics processors due to a packaging defect. While the company initially claimed the problem was limited to a few late-run HP products, it soon became apparent that many Dell notebooks were also affected
Well, the brouhaha over defective Nvidia mobile graphics chips keeps rolling along, after a recent Apple-led investigation concluded that some MacBook Pro computers with the Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor may be affected
. According to the company, potentially affected MacBook Pros include those manufactured between May 2007 and September 2008 – or the entire current line of MacBook Pros and the generation immediately preceding it.
As with other laptops, the problem shows itself in the form of distorted or scrambled video, or a complete absence of video on the screen or external display. The company is asking those affected to bring their notebooks to an Apple Store for a free repair – those who have already paid for such repairs can contact Apple for a refund.
Nvidia, for its part, says that failures in Macbook Pro computers are a remote possibility, but it was ultimately up to Apple to decide how to handle their warranty and repair programs, based upon their own quality standards.