Hurts to live a negative fear-based life huh ;-)
The 10v ran XP happily for 2 hours, then it ran OS X 10.6.2 happily for 10 hours, then it died. I didn't upgrade or downgrade its A05 BIOS (the A04 was on my other Vostro a90, which runs OS X happily all day long, I'm a happy pioneer). Tried booting off a USB stick but, no matter what it doesn't even POST. The LED comes on, and that's all she wrote.
I found this thread Concerned About Returning to Dell
where the one reply says "People have previously reported that Dell service has serviced hardware problems regardless of the OS and if you're putting the stock SSD
back in, that's not even an issue. The last step is to look inside yourself and ask "Did I do anything to f up this computer's hardware? Do I have any illegal pornography on my original HD?" If the answer is no to both questions, then you should be fine."
My guess is Dell may put up a front, but at the end of the day, their goal is to move boxes and keep their customers happy. Its not worth their technician's time to play cop for Apple or Microsoft. Anyway I'll let you know what happens. I like the idea of hanging onto the hard disk. Though I know its hard to change the memory on the 10v, maybe the hard disk too?