Apple warns MacBook Pro user of bad Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT GPU

Apple informed users that the symptoms of faulty Nvidia graphics processors include “distorted video or no video”, and also offered users an extended warranty and free repairs on the affected PCs. In a support document posted on its website, Apple claimed it had been assured by Nvidia in July 2008, that MacBook Pro computers with the NVIDIA […]

Apple informed users that the symptoms of faulty Nvidia graphics processors include “distorted video or no video”, and also offered users an extended warranty and free repairs on the affected PCs. In a support document posted on its website, Apple claimed it had been assured by Nvidia in July 2008, that MacBook Pro computers with the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor may be affected by the “higher than normal failure rate” that has plagued some of Nvidia's processors.

If the NVIDIA graphics processor in your MacBook Pro has failed, or fails within two years of the original date of purchase, a repair will be done free of charge, even if your MacBook Pro is out of warranty.

A number of other OEMs, including Dell and Hewlett-Packard, have also pointed to possible problems with Nvidia's graphics chips.