If it's really a hardware problem, I can't do anything more, as the laptop is now out of warranty.
I already sent it to the repair service for another problem (screen garbled, already made a thread about it).
Now, AFAIK the card is new (or it should be). Everything works except for VDPAU. If the card is new, could the cause be in another component?
This is a snip of the output of mplayer dev-SVN-r29116-4.3-openSUSE Linux 11.1 (x86_64)-Packman with "-vo vdpau", running in OpenSuSE 11.2 Milestone 3 (still in the making), and NVIDIA driver 190.18:
vdp_imp_device_create_x11(0x14bfb20, 0, -, -)
VDPAU nvidia: Error detected 0 5435
VDPAU nvidia: Backtrace:
--: /usr/lib64/libvdpau_nvidia.so [0x7f16d7193000] DSO load base
00: /usr/lib64/libvdpau_nvidia.so [0x7f16d7198a9e] vdp_imp_device_create_x11
[vdpau] Error when calling vdp_device_create_x11: 1
Error opening/initializing the selected video_out (-vo) device.
The service manual for my laptop is in a previous post in this thread (contains schematics). I wish I'd know where physically is my card, so I could send/replace it, but I think I have what is called an "integrated" card.