- one USB port cannot recognise devices; it feeds power but windows can't get anywhere with whatever's plugged into it.
sometimes the port next to that one goes daft.
- optical drive doesn't work in windows, probably wouldn't work in a windows installer setting either; it had to be disabled in device manager on one of the instances where the OS could tell it was there, because leaving it enabled made the machine take forever to view the HDD for some reason, to say nothing of the whole "using the drive, using the drive, DRIVE? WHAT DRIVE?" madness that was going on.
- lights associated with the volume control touch-sensor thingy are out. at one point they came back, but haven't been seen in months.
- mute button touch thinger sometimes doesn't work. it's light will change colors if you mute/unmute in windows' volume control thing, but not from being touched.
- for some reason, once it starts "using" an external HDD it never realizes it isn't, and then if the external drive is disconnected or the USB port goes momentarily dumb, windows spazzes out and only will register the device in device manager and "safely remove hardware"; no other functionality is available, and it's not the external freaking out, the system simply won't add the drive to explorer/any program looking at drives/etc.
- and then the big one: the machine has become increasingly unwilling to boot up. it will get through performing the POST, and then as it starts to load vista, it just plain stops. the splash thing doesn't finish fading in, much less move, and the machine sits there looking useless. if you force it off, it will acknowledge windows didn't finish booting and bring up that menu quickly, but 19 times out of 20, it won't get into any sort of windows whether you tell it to do startup repair or start normally. *on the off chance it DOES boot into windows, it runs mostly normally aside from the above mentioned issue.
so yeah. think this HP Dv9000 series laptop is biting the dust?