Pirated Upgrade Brings OS 4.1 to N710C
A few days ago, a set of instructions for upgrading the Sony PEG-N710C from Palm OS 3.5 to 4.1 were posted on various message boards. Essentially, this involved using a modified version of JackSprat to load a copy of OS 4.1 from the N760C into the N710C's flashable ROM.
Not surprisingly, Sony strongly advises people against doing this. A company spokesperson made it clear that doing so is a violation of the handheld's warranty.
The Sony spokesperson went on to say that the complete upgrade to OS 4.1 involves more than just upgrading the ROM. He did not elaborate on what else was involved.
Judging from the comments posted onto various message boards, most people who performed the upgrade did so successfully. However, there have been a few comments from people who ran into problems and ended up with ruined handhelds.
Sony has already announced that an authorized program to upgrade the N700C in Japan would begin next month. While there has been no explicit statement that an equivalent program would be available in the U.S., there have been strong hints. When news of the Japanese program surfaced, the over $80 cost caused complaints that it was simply too expensive among U.S. users of the N710C. It is not yet known whether Sony will charge U.S. users the same amount.
Brad Kish from Brayder Systems, creator of JackSprat, sent an email to the Clie Users Group which read, "We were dismayed to discover yesterday that our product has been widely distributed in a modified form. We are concerned on two fronts: a) our product is being given away, and b) it is being used for doing an unauthorized upgrade."
The email goes on to request that everyone who used JackSprat to perform this upgrade, buy it. It costs $9.
Thanks to nXt for the tips. Before anyone asks, I won't post the instructions for doing this because I don't think it's a good idea to violate your warranty. -Ed
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