I´ve been having problems with my graphic card ever since I got my M1530 2 years ago. I thought it was due to the drivers since I had changed from Vista to Xp. But now I´ve changed to Windows 7, and while searching on the internet for my Graphic Card drivers I found out about this common failure of overheating. My warranty finished on December 2009. It seems they expended the warranty to clients getting this problem for another 12 months. So I could have got it fixed till last December, but since nobody notified me and I was thinking the problem was due to other things I find it really deceiving that they won´t fix the problem now that I´m out of warranty.I gave my number and e-mail address when I got the product....
You can try, but if you're out of the 1-year extension, you'll likely not get anything. Since there is no option for this system other than another nVidia based board, and since they're all (according to most engineering analyses) faulty - if you have to pay for a repair, put the money toward a new system.
Overheating is not the problem with the video chip, nor is it covered by the extended warranty. You can either have a shop clean out the heatsink, or do it yourself - but start there.
That is not what I read in previous posts. Lots of people are having or had the overheating problem. Every time I play a game it goes off after a few minutes, and this is happened since I got the laptop. this is the name of the Thread: XPS M1530 : Temperature problem.
Again, that's not covered by the nvidia class - nor by the extended warranty. ONLY video chip failure -- i.e., video artifacts, black screen, etc. are covered.
Overheating can be caused by:
A faulty fan (verify that it operates - run the Dell diagnostics, F12 at powerup).
A dust-caked fan/heatsink or dried out thermal material between the heatsink and CPU and/or GPU. The latter two - the fan cleaning/replacing the thermal material - are NOT covered by the extended warranty. You can repair the system yourself or have a good local shop do the work - but repair is your responsibility. It is NOT covered.
Lot´s of users have had the very same problem from the very first day. I got this laptop because it had a gamer´s profile. I don´t care whose fault it is. I should be able to play a game for longer than 15 minutes whithout it burning my hands, don´t you agree? Since this is happened from the very first day,as to many others, I don´t think it´s a "dust in the vent" thing. If dell doesn´t take responsabilities on this i´ll go for hp or sony next time. This was supposed to be the most reliable company...