LINCAR4 wrote:We have 2 HP DV6000 one was constantly overheating, the fan ran constantly and after 6 months the graphic chip desoldered from the motherboard. Just like the old 40GB 60GB PS3 chips. They are using inferior solder with no lead because of environmental concerns. If this is happening to these components, what about components that are constantly in use, like the autopilots and navigation computers in airplanes? Computers monitoring nukes etc. Bring back the old lead for safety. Hopefully HP will replace. I will never buy HP again. If you look up online about a blank screen (which is what happened to ours)its a HUGE problem with many many posts. Make sure you look up this one for problems.
To help avoid laptop overheating, set a laptop on a hard, flat surface or a chill pad (not a bed, pillow, couch, carpet, etc), and every month or two, do this:
Anyway, it sounds like you are actually describing the NVIDIA mobile GPU chip problem, which is old news, and was NVIDIA's fault. It affected models from many manufacturers (including Dell, Apple, etc) a few years back.
Some users are still dealing with the issue on old laptops, but they're mostly long out of warranty by now. Every so often another article will still pop up though, for example:
The problem has been corrected on recent NVIDIA-GPU laptops (anything newer than about 3 years old I think), and this laptop doesn't even have an NVIDIA GPU in it anyway...
Now, different issues with lead-free solder (such as the formation of tin whiskers) have occasionally popped up in a variety of electronic products, but where necessary, certain products are already exempted from RoHS at least until any issues have been eliminated (for example defibrillators, aircraft, etc). Overall I think the issue is overblown (on both sides; they went overboard banning lead, and the problems banning it has caused are also sometimes overstated).
The below presentation contains some further details, though fairly biased against RoHS:
On a side note I still have an old launch PS3 60G that's never had any problems, except once a disk got jammed when "someone" rammed it in too hard, and I had to partially disassemble the unit to free the mechanism. I do run the console in the open and blow out the dust periodically.