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Warranty voiding

Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:24 am UTC
by dasada122
I am getting itchy fingers over my laptop. For some reason I want to see what's inside there, see what I can change. But I'm pretty sure there's some sort of warranty seal or switch or something. What tricks have you picked up to get around these things?

Re: Warranty voiding

Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:08 am UTC
by Sc4Freak
Doesn't that constitute fraud? ie. breaking warranty but still claiming something under warranty.

Re: Warranty voiding

Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:32 am UTC
by dasada122
I'm not saying that the warranty isn't void, I'm just saying that the little sticker is still there.

Re: Warranty voiding

Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:26 am UTC
by Atmosck
Don't take my word for it (or alternately, don't blame me if you ruin something and void your warranty), but i'm under the impression that simply opening a laptop won't void the warranty (since memory/hard drive upgrades are pretty common), but going more in-depth would.

Re: Warranty voiding

Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:26 am UTC
by L337R3dN3k
In some cases just opening the case can void the warranty, depending on the manufacturer. It is possible to use a thin blade (small pen knife, razor blade, or xacto) to slide underneath the sticker and lift it, but be careful not to cut or crease the sticker or mar the plastic. Then be very careful not to mark or mar the screw head when you take it out.

Just take your time and you'll be fine (oh, and don't lose any screws lol).

Re: Warranty voiding

Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:26 pm UTC
by phillipsjk
Some sticker are designed to disintegrate when lifted. I've never tried it, but you could try making the glue brittle with extremely cold temperatures (just look up the minimun storage temperature first). Keep in mind plastic becomes brittle as well, so you would have to warm it back up before opening it.

My usual strategy: buy used so there is no warranty to worry about. In fact, I usually take apart electronics after I buy them. The only ones I remember breaking are the flashlights with rubber seals. I usually stop if I feel I may break something.
Hmm it looks water-proof, but the package doesn't say water-poof.

*does submersion test*

I guess that wasn't water-proof.

Re: Warranty voiding

Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:36 pm UTC
by mosc
I've had so many devices where the sticker wears off on it's own, I think it would be hard for a company to bitch at you over just the stupid sticker.

Re: Warranty voiding

Posted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:37 am UTC
by Zorlin
I remember a guide on removing then replacing the sticker from an Xbox without leaving evidence - it mentioned copious amounts of Goo-Gone, Q-tips and an X-acto knife. Take from that what you will.

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