Voiding Warrenty

TypeR389

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how is apple about voiding warrentys on their notebooks. I think I read the only thing they authorize you to do is to add ram, and add an airport. Would swapping out the hard drive void it? And even if it does, can they even tell if you were to put the oiriginal back in if you had to get it serviced? Do they put a security sticker or something over one screw to prevent this?
 

AlphaTech

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Originally posted by Macmaniac
Yes swapping a HD voids the warrenty, I am not sure if they have something that tells them if someone has voided the warrenty, well you can always look for new parts.
Only in iBooks, NOT in PowerBooks. On the PowerBooks, changing the hard drive is listed as one of the user-installable parts/items. Essentially, anything listed as 'user-installable' will NOT void the warranty.

If you are concerned, contact an Apple store, or Apple itself and ask them.
 

eyelikeart

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Originally posted by Macmaniac
Yes swapping a HD voids the warrenty, I am not sure if they have something that tells them if someone has voided the warrenty, well you can always look for new parts.
I've always known that if someone qualified to do it...ie. a tech who is qualified by Apple...

anyway...if that's not the case...I'm in some trouble... :rolleyes:
 

Mr. Anderson

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Originally posted by AlphaTech
Only in iBooks, NOT in PowerBooks. On the PowerBooks, changing the hard drive is listed as one of the user-installable parts/items. Essentially, anything listed as 'user-installable' will NOT void the warranty.
WTF! Why would they make that a viod-able offence? It makes no sense to me. Is it that hard to go in and swicth out the drive? It just seems so ridiculous to me.:(
 

AlphaTech

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duke,

More is involved in replacing an iBook hard drive then a TiBook. With more needing to be done, Apple would rather you had an authorized/certified tech perform the swap. You could probably get an Apple retail store to do it for you, or an AASP.
 

Gelfin

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Sep 18, 2001
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Originally posted by Macmaniac
Yes swapping a HD voids the warrenty, I am not sure if they have something that tells them if someone has voided the warrenty, well you can always look for new parts.
I'm going to assume that opening your iBook and finding a hard drive there that wasn't the one that came with it would be a clue.

Originally posted by dukestreet
WTF! Why would they make that a viod-able offence? It makes no sense to me. Is it that hard to go in and swicth out the drive? It just seems so ridiculous to me.
I haven't investigated it with the new iBooks, but with the old clamshell iBooks, the answer to your question is absolutely yes, it really is that hard to go in and switch out the drive. I once had a PDF that told you how to do it, and even as a guy who believes an unvoided warranty is a sign of a big wuss, I did not want to attempt this on my own hardware. You had to take, more or less, every single component out of the iBook. The screen had to be removed. The entire operation required you to remove about two dozen screws. Replacing the HD in a clamshell iBook was such a difficult procedure they wouldn't even let authorized service centers do it. If it was going to happen at all, you'd have to ship it back to Apple.
 
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