Originally Posted by 8051
Suppose I modify the VBIOS on my card or add a better cooling solution or break it somehow while removing/replacing it, do Nvidia or their AIB's offer repair services for such out-of-warranty damages?
Reminds me of some years back when I flashed my HP CQ45 laptop with a newer HP factory BIOS and it failed to POST. So contacted HP service, laptop was still in warranty and was informed by them it would need to be sent in and have the mainboard replaced at a cost of $300. What, not covered by warranty, can't flash the BIOS chip or replace it, a $1 chip? Nope, $300 for a replacement board. It was a Friday evening so would have to wait till Monday to send it so looked around for alternatives. Turns out there's an undocumented BIOS recovery via USB that HP never said anything about. Short story was after some attempts to guess the recovery name I managed to recover the BIOS at no cost at all, just my time. Ever since then I've had an interest in BIOS.
So moral of this story in this case is yes, the ODM was willing to repair but with very little thought about the customer. Rather charge $300 than mention it's possible to recover with inbuilt crisis recovery or offer a lower cost firmware reprogramming option.