06/13/2012, 07:28 PM
I'm a new TP owner...got a refurb a couple of weeks ago in a Woot deal & haven't really done anything to it except load a couple of free apps from the catalog. Have mainly been trying to decipher the info on setting up to use the USB port to read SD cards so I could backup pictures to the web (Box, maybe?) while on vacation. I think I've got the hardware right: However, I'm not programming savvy at all, so I tried to order the $0.99 Preware Homebrew Documentation app to try to get a better understanding of what's involved.
The order process wouldn't let me get deep enough in to register a credit card to buy the app, so I finally had to do online chat with HP. Among other things, the rep asked me what app I was after, & when I said the word "preware" he got kind of in a tizzy & advised me not to load any preware as it could interfere with the TP's operation. After I told him I was just getting the documentation (from their catalog, after all) & didn't plan on anything too edgy, he backed off a bit, just warning that if anything damaged the hardware, I wouldn't have warranty coverage.
Which is all the long way around to asking: Are any of the software steps outlined in the instructions provided by you experts (like Wheel_nut's list) likely to do any irreversible damage if properly executed? I have a couple of my own experts I can trust to do that part properly for me, but I didn't want to take too much of a risk of bricking the thing since I leave the country in about 3 weeks. Maybe I should mention that the TP has already randomly set itself into needing a hard reboot (power/home) a couple of times in order to wake it up.
What do you think?