Dead Laptops, No/Faulty displays and G84/G86
Dying laptops, No display and GeForce 8400M and 8600M GPUs! It might come as a surprise to you but one of the largest GPU manufacturer NVIDIA rolled out a faulty series of GPUs that have caused or are causing laptops to burn and die out! These GPUs have manufacturing problems that are confirmed by many blogs if you just google the topic. In fact this problem has been quietly accepted by NVIDIA.
These chipsets are faulty due to a manufacturing fault that NVIDIA has agreed to. These can be found in any laptop regardless of the manufacturer. Most commonly found in old models of HP, Dell XPS and Macbook pro (Mid 2007-Late 2008) models.
On that note if you are thinking of buying a laptop with these GPUs I would strongly advise you to refrain from them because even if they get a motherboard replacement now which is highly unlikely in 2011, they would still be faulty. Its just like a time bomb ticking away depending on your usage. It might give out in a year or maybe two but its going to happen sooner or later. Just to add fuel to the fire most users are affected just after their warranty has expired, how is that for luck?
Here is a brief list of laptop models from various brands that bit the dust:
(mid 2007-late 2008)
Our poor Dell XPS 1530 sigh
Dell XPS 1330
Dell Inspirion 1520
Dell Latitude D630
Asus Z53 sv
For detailed instructions on how to take care of your laptop you can follow the guide posted here:
How to take care of your laptop (guide)
So do you have any experiences to share? or add a laptop model that we might have missed? Comment below and let us know.