Louis Rossmann commented on the RTC battery handling situation

@42jd We’re getting the messaging sorted as we speak. Rest assured, for 11th Gen Intel Core Framework Laptop customers that have the unfortunate situation of having this happen more than once, Framework Support will be providing replacement RTC batteries.


As an 11th gen customer from the second batch, I was well aware of the risks I was taking buying a 1st gen product from a new company. I’m not happy that the laptop has these issues, but in my regular usage for almost two years now, I have never experienced this particular issue (I know that I am very fortunate for that to be the case.)

It has been mentioned multiple times on the forum that Framework takes hiring decisions very seriously. There have been multiple instances where they have talked about not hiring extra support staff in order to avoid “seasonal hires” that they have to let go due to the support queues going through high and low periods. I’m sure they have taken the time to weigh this decision in order to avoid doing that here.

Another thing is that most of their positions are remote. None of us know what their current office space setup is, but there is a chance that they don’t even have dedicated space that they can carve out for repairs like these, and that it would take more than just hiring another employee to accommodate fixes like these.

This should have always been the case for a company like this. I love my Framework laptop, and I want them to succeed and have lots and lots of customers in the future, but I have also been very clear that they are not an established laptop maker, and that unless you are ready to have some hardware and software issues, that you should not be buying any of their first or even second gen products. I would never recommend a Framework product to my mother, because I know that she would not be able to troubleshoot half of the problems I have seen reported on the forum, though I hope that in the future I can buy one for her when I am confident that they are ready for a user like her.

P.S. I wrote this out without fully catching up on the thread, so I am glad some of your worries have been addressed. That said, I stand by everything in this post for you and anyone else who sees this.


@Azure It seems you missed my issue in the thread. It was not that there were hardware issues themselves, but the communication I received from Framework at the time. As an enthusiast and early supporter of Framework I expect there to be issues, but at the same time as long as the company is still existing I expect there to be support for fixing them. The RTC coin cell issue is a clear cut case of a design flaw that any reasonable company should be expected to support beyond a 2 year warranty when there is not a recall/permanent fix offered.

My correspondence with Framework laid out in no uncertain terms that they were not going be supporting a long term fix. That is why at the time I refused to recommend early adoption to anyone else. How could I trust them to support early adopters who have a higher likelihood of encountering design flaws, based on Framework’s response to their first design flaw.

Now, it is clear that the information I received was incorrect and has been cleared up. And changes have occurred internally so no one else gets informed of the wrong information like I did. But that only occurred because someone called them out on it. I stand by every word in that first post, and the subsequent ones. No company should be immune to being called out for perceived anti-consumer practices as in the best case, exemplified here with Framework, it was bad communication, but in the worst case, it could have been them reneging on their support of 11th gen boards.


I would personally say that Framework had already provided two perfectly fine and definitely not anti-consumer solutions in the form of the RTC repair guide and the instructions they gave to just charge the laptop regularly if you weren’t using it. I don’t personally love the solution of giving out RTC batteries for the lifetime of the laptops, but maybe it’s just a temporary solution while they look at others.

I also don’t really think it was necessary to denounce Framework for this perceived “anti-consumer behavior” and that instead posing a friendlier question of “was my support agent mistaken here” would have been better. There have been a lot of instances of things like this happening, especially since Framework has been growing their support staff lately, and in all the cases that I’ve seen Framework has corrected their mistakes. While I very much understand not trusting companies due to a long history of anti-consumer practices (and you are right that companies do need to be called out IF they do actually show these behaviors). I also think that Framework deserves the benefit of the doubt especially with their very good track record so far.


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I’m a washed up sailor now sitting on the beach watching what the wind and tide brings in.

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As I’ve said, I’ll send my middle range 11th gen board back for a 25%+ discount on a middle range 13th gen. I’d say I was a satified framework customer then.

This works for those of use affected by the RTC issue, as we can go without our laptop for a few weeks.

Looks like there’s a Rework v2 coming:

With that, it should lower the skill and equipment requirement (as well as top-side only access), making the repair more attainable with quicker turn around time.

Also there’s no need to cut traces.


@Azure That a job might be “tedious” is never in itself a good business reason for avoiding it.

However, in this case there’s no heavy lifting to be done: Framework will already have a list of worldwide repair shops that have signed or have applied to sign the NDA for the mainboard circuitry.



I doubt that very much, what gave you that idea, it seems to say the least a bit extreme

Framework does require an NDA for board level repairs before they issue detailed schematics.

I’m aware of that :slight_smile: But it is the initial part of that sentence which I baulked at :slight_smile:

A list ?
Worldwide ???


Oh, I think that he meant that if repair shops have reached out to FW to get access to schematics then by necessity they would have a list. Not necessarily that Fw would proactively contact repair shops. That would be a bit absurd.

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Yes that was my reading

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That list is very small. The amount of legitimate repair shops that have gone through the process to request full schematics is single-digit currently.


Well that’s more than I thought so that’s between 2 and 9 then. Are they all in the US and/or can you reveal the ‘list’?

I know someone in the UK that may be interested, what can I tell them about getting in touch and what hurdles they have to jump ? :slight_smile:

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Unfortunately it’s not for us to publicize these individuals/companies. If they wish to come forward and solicit their services, that’s their call.


My suggestion wasn’t intended to second-guess the size of the list. I assumed there would be a list and that it would be useful for the community to know about it.

That does surprise me. In fact, I’m astonished that the standard form for repair shops applying to sign the NDA doesn’t include a tickable box labelled: “Framework has a lively community of users. May we alert them to the services you have to offer?”


While I agree for larger companies, Framework is still a small team, and dedicating even one employee to reach out to as many repair shops as they can find is a lot of work that I would rather have them put into making new products and working on supporting their current products. As we have seen in the recent posts in this thread, they aren’t able to share the list of current repair shops that are under their NDA, but those repair shops can publicize their ability to do this repair, and since the fixes themselves are public, any repair shop that’s willing to buy the parts and look at the instructions on the forum have no need to contact Framework just to do this one repair (although I would love to see more shops reach out to be added to that list!)

Makes me wistful for the days when I noticed the corner of the ‘E’ legend on my Dell laptop keyboard had flaked off. One call and less than 24 hours later an engineer arrived and replaced the whole keyboard in 5 minutes flat and was gone.

:slightly_smiling_face: Sometimes it wasnt all bad.

Nice reminder.

I bought 2 of the 4150s as my eldest daughter was off to Uni and I wanted to have a backup to help. I got her the 4 year extra warranty, but yes I remember them turning up more that once to effect a repair. Oh the joys of globalisation and social alternative to DIY.

Why do I bother :slight_smile: