Last updated: March 2018
"Am I carrying a laptop, or a billboard?"
The dv9000: my number-one laptop that's been with me the longest. I am its original owner. As such, it's my longest PC horror story.
This laptop was sent to me directly by HP, for free, to replace an even older HP Pavilion dv8000, way back in mid-or-late-2007.
I have the notable memory of spilling water on top of the rear of the screen right after I opened the box from HP. It seemed unharmed by this.
In late 2009 or very early 2010, the hinges seized, broke, and the LCD's rear cover anchors to hold the hinges broke as a result of it. This was a common problem for this series, and so, I replaced all of the aforementioned parts.
However, the laptop always seemed to be very slow, hot, and miserable to use. It eventually seemed to have died in March of 2010, where it had the infamous solder issue.
After a few failed "Towel Trick" resurrection attempts and a lot of time, in mid-late 2013, the laptop was sent to brickfence of eBay, and the laptop was alive.
In February of 2018, I set off to rebuild this computer. I ordered a new base, palmrest trim (the silver part right under the screen), cooler (as the old one had stripped screw holes), and more. I put a much better hard drive in it, and I almost managed to nab a better processor for it, but the deal got away. Now, this laptop works great.