Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Jan 2012 16:20 UTC, submitted by moondevil
Windows And so the war on general computing continues. Were you looking forward to ARM laptops and maybe even desktops now that Windows 8 will also be released for ARM? I personally was, because I'd much rather have a thin, but fast and economical machine than a beastly Intel PC. Sadly, it turns out that all our fears regarding UEFI's Secure Boot feature were justified: Microsoft prohibits OEMs from allowing you to install anything other than Windows 8 on ARM devices (the Software Freedom Law Center has more).
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RE: Comment by PieterGen
by jared_wilkes on Fri 13th Jan 2012 19:29 UTC in reply to "Comment by PieterGen"
jared_wilkes
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2011-04-25

And you've most likely invalidated your warranty. Something most don't want to do.

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RE[2]: Comment by PieterGen
by PieterGen on Fri 13th Jan 2012 21:45 in reply to "RE: Comment by PieterGen"
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2012-01-13

Regarding the loss of guarantee when rooting an Android smartphone: you can do it in such a way that you can restore the original settings/ROM/kernel. So no one will be the wiser.....

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RE[2]: Comment by PieterGen
by izomiac on Fri 13th Jan 2012 22:59 in reply to "RE: Comment by PieterGen"
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2006-07-26

Everyone says that, and manufacturers love if people believe that, but it's not quite true. There was a major supreme court case that ruled a manufacturer must honor the warranty on a modified product unless they can prove the defect resulted from the modification.

If you install a fingerprint reader on your phone (i.e. case mod, custom kernel, etc), and the screen cracks under normal usage, the manufacturer is legally obligated to honor the warranty. Of course, they'll refuse, and legal fees will exceed replacement cost, but that's the law.

Anti-lemon laws also apply, which is why they offer a warranty in the first place (and they can't be "voided", regardless of what you do).

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RE[3]: Comment by PieterGen
by jared_wilkes on Sat 14th Jan 2012 00:47 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by PieterGen"
jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

Yes, feel free to spend several remote tech support sessions and a couple of months in small claims court representing yourself and putting up a more costly fight than the device is actually worth.

Yes, there are laws saying you have the right to flash ROM/jailbreak/root (whichever the particular case may be), but that same law doesn't also say that the Manufacturer has to continue to provide warranty. Some countries/regions/states may have stronger consumer/anti-lemon laws which may still require to provide some support, but the right to modify doesn't translate to the right to continue be warrantied in many places.

I value my time, but I'm satisfied with a modest wage. I would say 10 hours lost to trying to get someone to support a device I modified outside of their warrantee is just as much cost as a new device. Some people would say 1 or 2 hours or even any time lost at all.

But, yes, you can try to argue that you can modify to your heart's content and still get tech support and warranty coverage of the device... it should be many hours of contentment.

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