Dell Latitude D630 Video Card Failure
I have seen an extraordinary amount of video card failures in D630 laptops within the past year. It really seems like Dell should have issued a recall. So far all of the laptops have been under warranty but I estimate that over 50% have failed.
One recommendation I found is to update to the A12 BIOS or higher. This supposedly has a fix that will slow down the video processor when it overheats to keep it from burning out. However, is only a preventative measure. Once the video card is burned out you will need to get it replaced.
1. Updated Intel Video BIOS.
2. Updated Nvidia Video BIOS.
3. Enhancement for thermal control.
The success rate of this new BIOS is unknown to me since it usually only gets applied to a laptop that just had the video card replaced.
If you have a D630 you should update your BIOS. The current verion as of today is A16.
Some of you may have read the recent news regarding the NVIDIA class action settlement in sites like CNET, Electronista and Ubergizmo. This class action lawsuit covers systems purchased in the United States only. More information regarding the settlement can be obtained at www.nvidiasettlement.com. The complete list of affected systems from Dell and other manufacturers can be found here on the NVIDIA settlement site. Other information like Court Documents and Important Dates and Deadlines can be found there as well.