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NVIDIA gives low-end notebooks to winners of class action suit

Posted on Tuesday, May 03 2011 @ 22:24:23 CEST by

The Inquirer reports NVIDIA is given low-end Compaq CQ-56 laptops as replacements to those "bumpgate" victims involved in the class action lawsuit against the company. NVIDIA agreed to repair or replace computers that were affected by the faulty GPUs, but it turns out the company wasn't able to fix some machines. Victims received a cheap-ass laptop that can be found for under 350EUR in some configurations, even though their original system could well have been an expensive MacBook Pro.
Not surprisingly some of those involved in the class action settlement complained that Nvidia had essentially pulled the old bait and switch trick on them. Sadly for them, US District Court Judge James Ware overruled their objections, writing that they were "without merit".

Outlining the reasons for his ruling, Judge Ware wrote, "the [Compaq] CQ-56 meets or exceeds nearly all of the specifications of the original computers", adding that "it comes with an advanced operating system, new warranty and other programs". As for missing peripherals, Judge Ware said, "the Court finds that they can be easily and inexpensively added".



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