HP firmware update policy change

Discussion in 'Hewlett Packard' started by Pianomanos, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. in4mer

    in4mer Scribbler - Standard Member

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    In the past couple of months, I've noticed a section where it asks for your warranty. I'm certain this is a pre-cursor to mandatory serial number entry before downloading any drivers. Look, there's a "warning" on the download page for the elitebook revolve.

    "These downloads are available for customers according to the terms in the HP Software License Agreement. Certain software may require a valid warranty, current support contract with HP, or a license fee."

    Everyone will be annoyed at HP's stupidity but slowly the drivers and firmware will start ending up on torrents. Nevertheless, HP has failed and my next laptop will be Fujitsu.
     
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  2. excalibur1814

    excalibur1814 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    HP will probably roll this forward to most devices once they see some type of financial gain. It IS a shame as, once any backlash dies down , the other oems might also follow the same course.
     
  3. jnjroach

    jnjroach Technology Strategist Super Moderator

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    It would be the OEMs trying to kill off the 3rd Party Used Computer Market, or at least slow it down...
     
  4. Zeelobby

    Zeelobby Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Planned obsolescence is starting to enter the PC market. I can only see open source solutions improving as they'll soon be the only offering which let's you use hardware for 8 years.

    Sent from my XT1060 using Tapatalk
     
  5. dceggert

    dceggert Owner of a TabletPC Museum Senior Member

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  6. kitenski

    kitenski Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Note the key word "PROLIANT"......

    This is for servers, not tablets.
     
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