News Bits: HP In The News, Microsoft Increases XP Availability, Nvidia Still Having Problems

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HP selling notebooks in messenger bags

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HP won Wal-Mart’s Home Entertainment Design challenge with its winning idea – selling notebooks in messenger bags made of 100% recycled materials. The new concept eliminates 97% of the packaging that typical notebook computers come with. The HP Pavilion dv6929wm notebook is available exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations for $798. The specifications of the notebook are not fully known, but it will have 4GB of RAM, a Lightscribe DVD burner, integrated webcam/microphone, and 64-bit Windows.

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HP Pavilion dv4z available now

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The AMD-powered dv4z is now available, joining its dv4t Intel-powered stablemate. The dv4z is based on the AMD Puma mobile platform. It has a 14-inch widescreen display, ATI Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics, an optional LED-backlit display, and built-in hybrid HDTV tuner.

It is currently available on starting at $649.99.

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Microsoft allows XP-based netbooks to have larger drives

Microsoft has raised its previous hard drive capacity limit on netbooks running Windows XP from 80GB to 160GB.

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White box notebook market hangs on

According to a DigiTimes report, the market for white box (non-branded) notebooks is still around. Branded notebook makers are closing in on developing markets with netbooks, where white box notebooks have held the advantage. However, Quanta computer is still shipping steady numbers of white box computers in China, a large white box market. Intel is a large supporter of the white box notebook market. Other companies have reported strong white box notebook shipments.

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Nvidia GPU failure problems not over

Tom’s Hardware reports that market sources revealed some unsightly news about Nvidia’s graphics chips: the failure problems are not over. Though Nvidia said only a limited number of products were affected, sources say "most" can fail as they still have the issue.

Nvidia has refused to reveal the source of the problem, but the sources pointed out that the problem could be caused by a solder bump. The solder bump, made of high lead, cracks over time when exposed to high temperatures. The temperature only needs to be a bit above 70 degrees Celsius to cause the problem; higher-end Nvidia GPUs are reaching well over this temperature. Nvidia has since switched its high lead solder bumps to eutectic solders, which are supposed to solve the cracking problem. ATI has been using this type of solder for some time and has not experienced any problems.

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