08/23/2011, 09:21 AM
You really won't hurt your touchpad with the normal patches, and you won't hurt your warranty either. Overclocking to 1.5ghz isn't too big of a deal because the chip in your touchpad is running at that speed stock on other devices (its been conservatively clocked for the touchpad). Its about as safe as running stock speeds. Going to 1.7 or beyond is starting to get risky, and can result in instability, boot loops, crashes, all kinds of fun stuff. Its very much "in development". You will still likely not do anything that can't be fixed by webOS doctor etc, but that is certainly upping the risk factor. Get involved in this unstable kernel development space at your own risk. Personally, I'd stick with 1.5 as an average user - its stable, fast, safe, and simple to set up.
Originally Posted by edwarrior317
As for warranty, while some of these things (like overclocking) -may- technically effect warranty, I haven't seen a single instance where it actually has. If the touchpad is broken there is no visual indication it was clocked, if it is still running but "broken" (broken touchscreen for instance) it is easy to run webOS doc and return it to stock before you send it in for repair.
Hp/palm encourage homebrew development. They have released a very open platform and made it virtually impossible to "brick". Have no fear, but use bleeding edge "testing feed" patches/apps/kernels at your own risk. There is a reason preware doesn't come with testing feeds enabled. If you go through the trouble to enable them, you will be accepting the risks associated with being on the bleeding edge.