NVIDIA has agreed to provide compensation to owners of Apple, HP and Dell computers as part of a settlement in a class-action lawsuit. The legal action surrounds NVIDIA graphics components in a variety of computers, including 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros manufactured between May 2007 and September 2008. Other systems include certain Dell and HP machines sold between 2005 and 2010.
The plaintiffs argued that many NVIDIA-supplied GPUs malfunctioned and caused a variety of different problems. The chips are blamed for causing distortions, scrambled video or other issues on affected computers.
The settlement, which includes a $2 million fund for reimbursement, entitles owners of certain Apple and Dell machines to receive replacement graphics components and repair service. Owners of certain HP notebooks can obtain a replacement computer of similar value.
A full list of eligible machines is available on a dedicated website for the "NVIDIA GPU Litigation." The claims period will not begin until after the final hearing, which is scheduled for December 20. Eligible owners can return to the website to file claim after the final hearing has been completed.