|Apr 19, 2012, 10:55 AM||#1|
Blogger Victorious over Apple in Small Claims Case on NVIDIA GPU Failures
Back in January, blogger Seattle Rex announced that he would be suing Apple over issues related to his 2008 MacBook Pro that appears to have suffered from an NVIDIA graphics card failure. According to Rex, the graphics chip on his top-of-the-line 17-inch MacBook Pro began to flake out late last year, two months after his AppleCare extended warranty expired, and a month later the machine died completely, refusing to boot.
Upon taking the machine to the Genius Bar at a local Apple retail store, Rex was informed that because the machine could not be booted to confirm that the graphics chip was indeed defective, he would have to pay for all repairs to the machine, up to $600.
And finally, Rex earlier this week published a lengthy blog post outlining his experience facing off against two Apple lawyers last week and winning an unspecified sum sufficient to purchase a new computer. Among the interesting incidents from the proceedings:
- Apple's lawyers argued that Rex's MacBook Pro wasn't covered by the repair program because he had purchased a build-to-order machine with a faster processor, even though the machine carried the same GeForce 8600M GT graphics chip that was the subject of the repair program. Only after Rex presented this information to the court did Apple's lawyers admit the fact and concede that the machine should be covered for repair.
- Rex had refused to accept a replacement logic board for his MacBook Pro, arguing that he would simply receive yet another defective GeForce 8600M GT chip. Apple's lawyers conceded that the machine could only accept the GeForce 8600M GT chip, and the judge ruled that Rex's machine was not repairable.
- Apple fought the case even though a repair could have been made at no expense to Apple, as NVIDIA was covering the cost of repairs related to the defective chip.
Beyond his own case, Rex notes in an update to his post that the response from readers has been overwhelming, with numerous readers sharing similar tales of being unable to have suspected NVIDIA graphics chip failures covered by Apple's repair program. Consequently, he is now considering organizing a class action lawsuit to allow those affected by the issue to band together in seeking compensation.
Article Link: Blogger Victorious over Apple in Small Claims Case on NVIDIA GPU Failures
|Apr 19, 2012, 10:59 AM||#5|
Apple can't always be the good guy, but why spend money fighting this ? Cheaper just to cover the repairs for what is an obvious defective product.
"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others."
|Apr 19, 2012, 11:01 AM||#8|
Also apples lawyers seem to do quite a lot of work (loads of ongoing cases), can't see why they would be board?
|Apr 19, 2012, 11:01 AM||#9|
|Apr 19, 2012, 11:02 AM||#10|
|Apr 19, 2012, 11:03 AM||#11|
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|Apr 19, 2012, 11:05 AM||#15|
One persons personal experience mean nothing, nothing at all.
You have to look at the stats. Personal opinion and experience never stand up in an argument.
|Apr 19, 2012, 11:05 AM||#16|
Don't tell me Macs don't last: 2007 iMac, 2007 Mac Mini, 2008 MacBook Air, all Vintage.
(iMac obsoletion: April 28, 2015, MBA: October 14, 2015, Mac Mini: March 9, 2016)
|Apr 19, 2012, 11:06 AM||#17|
|Apr 19, 2012, 11:06 AM||#18|
Not for me
I had the same problem on my 4 years old 17-inch MacBook Pro with the NVIDIA card and without AppleCare. I went two times to the Apple Store in Carugate, Milan (Italy). The second time, after seeing the problem (it wasn't booting) the Genius checked if that was the problem (the card) and decided to repair. They gave it back to me the following day. Working perfectly (and without paying an euro ).
|Apr 19, 2012, 11:07 AM||#19|
17" 2.6 GHz Penryn MBP
Collector's Edition 2.4 GHz Alu MB
Time Capsule 2TB (1st Gen); Apple TV 160GB; iPhone 5S 64GB; iPod Video 30GB
|Apr 19, 2012, 11:08 AM||#20|
My guess is that the support document was intended to cover the 2.4 GHz 17-inch MacBook Pro and build-to-order variations thereof. One of those variations is a bump to 2.6 GHz, but that's not a separate stock model. But Apple's lawyers were either ignorant or intentionally misleading in arguing that the 2.6 GHz wasn't covered.
The repair should have been covered regardless of whether he had AppleCare or not. His AppleCare had just run out, but the repair program covers machines for four years, so he was within that window.
|Apr 19, 2012, 11:09 AM||#21|
My BTO MacBook Pro was covered for exactly this problem when the 8600M died. They replaced the logic board in less than 24 hours IIRC.
What is really strange is the contradiction in this article. Either:
1. He was prepared to accept a logic board failure and Apple didn't wouldn't (hence the surprise by him and the judge when they found out Nvidia pick up the tab)
2. He was refusing to let them replace the logic board as stated earlier in the article. Which is short-sighted of him as only certain batches of the GeForce 8600M were bad, not the entire design.
Finally the only people who will do will be well compensated in the class action lawsuit are the lawyers.
|Apr 19, 2012, 11:10 AM||#22|
|Apr 19, 2012, 11:10 AM||#23|
Very strange that Apple would do this considering how high they generally rate on customer service. I've had several products fully replaced, although to be fair my MBP that they replaced wasn't fully nonfunctional.
They could've easily saved themselves lawyer fees and this PR nightmare. Weird.
GearHungry - stuff you'll want.
|Apr 19, 2012, 11:11 AM||#24|
he got slashdotted yesterday
Now with all the users who have had a similar experience sounding off to him, he thinks a class action suit can be arranged. I'm guessing is that Apple didn't take him seriously (maybe his laptop failed in some way that's not typical to the video card problem) and Apple didn't send techs to the trial, only lawyers. So he outgunned them with technical detail and won.
I think is case #125-00818 form March 1, 2012 in King County, WA (http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/districtcourt.aspx) but I'm not sure, and I'm too cheap to pay the 25 cents per page to find out if my guesses are right.
If it gains class-action status, Apple will take it seriously. I'm surprised it went as far as it did though. Surely the negative press already outweighs a $4500 laptop.
|Apr 19, 2012, 11:11 AM||#25|
Much bigger than they admit to
I run a rather small Mac Repair business in Southern Scotland. From my experience, I am quite sure that this is a much bigger issue than Apple have ever admitted to. I have seen dozens of these MBP's with the NVIDIA problem.
I have the NVIDIA test suite that is used in Apple stores and find that it produces very inconsistent results.
During the short period between the expiry, and subsequent extension, of the Repair Programme, i came up with a fix that gives the user a few more months of use. However, when the programme was extended, i sent all of my customers to Apple along with a prepared bunch of supporting paperwork and clear instructions on how to gently, but firmly, escalate the issue until a suitable resolution was offered by Apple. Until very recently, every customer had been successful in getting the logic board replaced. However, Apple are now refusing service based on the age of the laptop.
I find it difficult to comprehend why Apple simply don't proceed with the repair without question, especially if NVIDIA are picking up the tab. Each case is an opportunity for Apple to show their dedication to their faithful customers and prove to them that their highly-rated Customer Satisfaction levels are justified.
Apple can exonerate themselves completely with regards to this problem. NVIDIA have acknowledged the issue publicly.
This defect must now be added to the list of others that Apple have handled pretty badly...
1. iBook G4 GPU issue
2. PowerMac G4 'wind tunnel' models
3. PowerBook G4 lower memory slot
4. PowerMac G5 liquid cooling system
Macs are premium products that should come with premium service/support. If i own a top-of-the-range BMW M5, and i have a major problem with it, i expect my dealership to jump through hoops to satisfy me.
Last edited by fixmymac; Apr 19, 2012 at 11:17 AM.
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