I have 2 HP dv8000's that have multiple problems. The caps key does lock up - I saw the fix on here - but having to hit the keys repeatedly for them to go back to functioning correctly is ridiculous. My...
I had a DV9207US, so I know how you feel.
Caps lock - No other way around this then repeatedly hitting the key.
Hard drive - Hard drive does not play cd/dvds
DVD drive - On HP DV series, is super sensitive and does open quite frequently.
Keys rubbing off - No other way around this. You could replace the keyboard with one from HP Spare Parts. Quite easy to do on the DV series.
Battery life - Is horrible and HP has had several class action lawsuits because of it. I never used my laptop portably. I took the battery out and chucked it. I was as mobile as only being able to plug in my laptop let me.
Hinges - DV series have a lock on one hinge that you can choose to turn in order to lock your screen. Unfortunately, they were built poorly and cheaply and cause the hinge to go out.
If you're experiencing both hinges cracking, I'm afraid you're suffering from the other big HP malady: Overheating. HP design had serious flaws and combined with virtually non-existent heatsinks, many DV series laptops would overheat and then vent right where your screen meets the top edge of your laptop. This excessive heat causes the plastic to warp exposing the hinges as well as wreaking havoc on the bottom portion of the lcd screen.
HP is currently facing class action lawsuits for this.
If your screen is cracking (which is what mine did) you only have a little while longer before the screen completely falls off. The entire plastic portion around the screen will come out and/or the flimsy cable (which oddly enough HP put right inside the crappy hinge lock) will rip, break or tear causing the monitor to go out completely. There is, sadly no way around this (unless you're really good mechanically, there are several websites dedicated to fixing laptop hinges, google it). At this point, you could just attach it to a docking system and connect it to an old monitor and just use it that way or you could replace your screen, open up the laptop and use better heatsinks, but for that price, you could just buy another laptop, which is what I did.
Mar 31, 2011 |
HP PC Laptops