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Old 28th August 2009, 10:41 PM
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Those of you with Dell laptops and nvidia chips..

I just went through a week of pulling my hair out thinking the latest kernel/nvidia updates was screwing with my laptop. I started to suspect something other than that after trying all combinations of kernel/nvidia/nouveua/kernel params/bios updates. I ran across but still would get X lockups, kernel panicks, screwy graphics, NVRM Xid errors in the log, etc. I ran across these posts: http://en.community.dell.com/blogs/d...t-details.aspx which started to confirm my theory that it was hardware. Fortunately my machine was still under hardware warranty will Dell, so I called in and reported the problem on wednesdat. After explaining all that I had done and that I knew about the hardware problem some of the dell laptops have had, the support person didn't pester me with questions like "did you try rebooting it" or ask anything about the OS. I just sort of left out that I was running linux and not windows.

The dell tech was onsite today (Friday) to replace the motherboard/gpu. He was done in less than an hour and didn't commented when I booted up and told him I was running linux. I've been running on the newest kernel (the one from updates-testing actually) and the newest NVIDIA driver from their site (185.18.36), with compiz and everything... so far so good! The nvidia chip has been running way cooler too, so I'm pretty sure it was hardware all along!
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Old 28th August 2009, 10:47 PM
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Ayup. HP had a herd of Nvidia graphics chips popping their tops a while ago, too. Ever since I ran across mention of that ... I tend to get nervous every time my dv9904 goes into black mode before the screensaver comes up. <....>
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