I have an HP Pavilion DV9000 and have been looking to get a new laptop for school next month. I have had this computer since December 2006 and haven't had many problems with. I've heard about all the problems with it and have only experienced the one about the broken hinges so far. I have noticed a drop off in performance recently, fairly big too. Load times slow, picks what programs it wants to install, etc. Anyway, anyone know how long this computer will last? I is almost 4 years old now and don't want to have to get a new one if I can get another year or two out of it.