The damage is done. Now comes the revival.

Graphics-chip king and Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendation NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) confirmed yesterday that "weak die/packaging material" in its laptop computer chips cost the company $196 million -- toward the top end of its previous estimate, but importantly, not over the top.

We already know about the price war with AMD (NYSE:AMD) and issues with its own cost of production. Combine that with a weakened desktop PC market -- confirmed by recent reports from Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), and supported by Intel's (NASDAQ:INTC) saying that laptop sales were strong -- and it all adds up to a 5% decline in revenue and a $0.22-per-share loss for the quarter. But that's about what we had been led to expect, so no big surprise there.

As the share price has swooned, I admit I've been looking intently at buying some NVIDIA shares. The one thing that's held me back was my fear that if you see one cockroach, you know there are a hundred more lurking under the fridge. Specifically, hearing NVIDIA warn of $150 million to $200 million in anticipated warranty costs last month, I wondered how many more charges might be hiding under NVIDIA's icebox.

No more
Management termed the final figure of $196 million "a non-recurring warranty charge." Later, in the post-earnings conference call, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang went a step further in allaying our concerns: "We're not expecting more writedowns in the future. When we scoped out the problem … we felt we had enough data to project out the anticipated failures from the various platforms that are out there."

Mind you, settling on a charge just $4 million short of NVIDIA's previous worst-case scenario doesn't seem conservative to me. But I'm willing to give NVIDIA some rope.

It's up to management to either hang itself, or hoist its credibility to new heights.

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