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Palm Pre

It’s rare for any company, even Palm, to address community hackery directly. But that’s exactly what we got today, with Palm issuing the following about overclocking kernels:

We have had a number of questions about the recently released “overclocking” patches and what Palm’s position on them are.

Palm is working hard to improve the speed and performance of webOS, as shown in our recent 1.4 update. While we appreciate the effort the webOS community has put forth to try and help us along that path, the use of this application is neither endorsed nor recommended by Palm and will likely result in a voided warranty. Palm encourages webOS users to let Palm release official updates that provide safe, reliable, over-the-air features that improve their device in a number of areas, as we have in the past at a rate of approximately once per month.

Needless to say, that’s the path we’ve treaded along as well: caveat emptor, if you will. While Palm’s statement is purposefully vague, we can read through the lines enough to see what they’re saying: if you overclock and fry your phone (no evidence of that happening as of yet, though time will tell), then you’re out of luck as far as the warranty is concerned. And that’s more or less any company’s positions on their products. If you install a supercharger on your VW Beetle and blow the engine, VW’s not going to fix it for you.

On a side note, several PreCentral forum users have reported that since they’ve started using the overclocked webOS kernels (both the 720 MHz and 800 MHz), they’ve seen far fewer “too many cards” errors. The exact cause behind the drop in memory errors in unclear, but a faster and more stable device is cool by us.

We'll also note that Jason Robitaille has created a couple of temperature monitoring patches that are worth taking a look at: one in your Device Menu and another that checks your device's temp every 5 minutes and alerts you when it gets too high.