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Warranty voiding

Postby dasada122 » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:24 am UTC

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?

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Re: Warranty voiding

Postby Sc4Freak » Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:08 am UTC

Doesn't that constitute fraud? ie. breaking warranty but still claiming something under warranty.

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Re: Warranty voiding

Postby dasada122 » Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:32 am UTC

I'm not saying that the warranty isn't void, I'm just saying that the little sticker is still there.

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Re: Warranty voiding

Postby Atmosck » Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:26 am UTC

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.

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Re: Warranty voiding

Postby L337R3dN3k » Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:26 am UTC

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).

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Re: Warranty voiding

Postby phillipsjk » Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:26 pm UTC

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.
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Re: Warranty voiding

Postby mosc » Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:36 pm UTC

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.
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Re: Warranty voiding

Postby Zorlin » Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:37 am UTC

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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