If you purchased a Dell, Hewlett-Packard (HP) or Apple notebook that contains a NVIDIA chip between 2005 and 2010, you may be able to claim one of several benefits from a class action lawsuit settlement.
The NVIDIA class action lawsuit accuses the chip maker of selling defective Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) and Media and Communications Processors (MCPs) that affected the performance of some of the notebook computers in which they were incorporated. These defective chips cause symptoms such as distorted or scrambled video and sometimes no video to appear on the screen. Some Dell and HP notebooks may also experience random characters, lines or garbled images and intermittent video issues, and some HP notebooks may fail to detect the wireless adaptor or wireless network as a result of these defective chips.
Nearly 50 different notebook computers manufactured by Dell, HP-Compaq and Apple contain these allegedly defective chips, including Dell Inspirations, Latitudes, Precisions, Vostros and XPSs; HP Pavilions and Compaq Presarios; and Apple MacBook Pros. A complete list of notebook models and the corresponding purchase dates can be found in the class action settlement notice. Only certain versions of these models contain NVIDIA GPU or MCP chips, even though the notebook computer has the same model name, and only the notebooks containing the chips that were purchased during the time period corresponding to each model are included in the settlement. You can look up your computer’s serial number to find out if it’s affected by the settlement on the Settlement Administrator’s website.
As part of the class action settlement, NVIDIA has agreed to provide one of three benefits, depending on which model you have and whether you paid for repairs:
(1) Replacement of the NVIDIA chip inside your notebook computer;
(2) Replacement HP notebook computer with one similar in kind and value if you bought a subject HP notebook computer;
(3) Reimbursement of either the entire amount that you spent to have the notebook computer repaired due to a previous failure of the NVIDIA graphics chip or a portion of that amount, depending on the number of people who submit valid claims for reimbursement.
In order to receive any of these benefits, you must submit a valid claim form and supporting documentation during the claims filing period. The claims period will begin after the court grants final approval of the settlement, which is expected to be December 20, 2010. A claim form, including instructions on how to make a claim, will be available on the Settlement Adminstrator’s website after final approval of the settlement given. If you did not receive the settlement notice by email, then register your email address here so that you will be notified when the claim period begins.
If you wish to exclude yourself from the NVIDIA class action lawsuit settlement, you must mail your exclusion request no later than November 5, 2010.
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