While being cautious rarely hurts, I doubt that repartitioning your hard drive or installing Linux will void your computer's warranty. Most computer warranties only cover the hardware (e.g., if the hard drive crashes) and not software (e.g., if Internet Explorer crashes). Just as you wouldn't void your warranty by installing a new game on your computer, you shouldn't void your warranty just by installing a new operating system. That said, some manufacturers will gladly void your warranty for any reason you give them, so I'm not guaranteeing anything. They may also be unable to provide support when you call them (e.g., if you tell them that you can't use your printer, they may run out of ideas when you tell them that the "Start" menu and the "Control Panel" are missing), so you may need to be able to diagnose your computer problems without their help. I have a Dell Latitude, and I know they don't mind that I have Linux installed (and removed MS Windows); in fact, when I send my computer in for repairs, they tell me to remove my hard drive first (so that they're not responsible for the data). Broka, Andi wrote: > Repartitoning your hard drive might void your laptop manufacturor's > warranty. > -- -Jimmy C. Chau <jchau@xxxxxx> <chaujc@xxxxxxxxx> GPG key ID: 0x8C6AA349 GPG key fingerprint: D889 2B2D E20F A07E 0D54 4280 9C14 D4F6 8C6A A349 _________ BU LUG: http://lug.bu.edu. To unsubscribe, email bulug-list-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the subject field.