Re: how much slack in "Factory Reset"

Subject: Re: how much slack in "Factory Reset"
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2010 18:51:36 -0700

Unless it's like the motherboard in my computer, which contains a permanent
"emergency BIOS" that can still boot the computer and allow me to reflash the
standard BIOS if it becomes hosed, I would expect reset to clear all user
settings and return the system to the default "as just installed" state of
whatever firmware version is loaded (as opposed to somehow returning the system
to its original "as shipped" firmware state). Even if the system came with
firmware release 1.0 but is currently running on 2.8, as long as new systems are
being/have been shipped from the factory with 2.8 installed it can still be
considered a "factory fresh" state.

Gene Kim-Eng

----- Original Message -----
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2010 11:49 AM
Subject: how much slack in "Factory Reset"

> Hey gang, please weigh in...
> If a command for a piece of electronic/computer equipment says:
> "Factory Reset", do you assume that it clears some stuff and
> revokes some stuff and puts the equipment in a condition that's
> suitable for a new user, starting "fresh" to configure and begin
> using?
> OR, do you assume that it wipes out literally anything that was
> not "as shipped from factory", including rolling back firmware,
> removing any capability updates (that you might have purchased
> for good money...), and generally leaves no trace that the
> item has had a life of any sort since it first left the factory...??
> For the first scenario (first paragraph, above) what might be
> a better term than "Factory Reset".
> Yes, thanks, I'm having an argument with someone. How did you know? :-)


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