All...\n\nI have, like many of you, been the unfortunate owner of an HP\nPavilion-series laptop with the infamous weakling power-jack problem.\nIf you're wondering, this problem is usually typified by symptoms like:\n\n* Spontaneous and instantaneous power-downs of the laptop for no\napparent reason\n* Refusal to start or charge a properly inserted battery\n* Movement of the AC power adapter plug causing power "glitches"\n* "Clicking" noises emerging from the area near the power plug\n\nThere are other permutations of the power problems, but this represents\nthe general theme. I owned a zt1175 that started behaving this way, and\nwas stunned to discover that once the unit stopped booting up, the only\nsolution was a new main board at a cost of about 0 - the plug had\nstarted arcing internally and essentially fried the rest of the power\nsystem, and ruined other components in the process.\n\nI've learned that my zt1175 isn't the only one with this problem.\nApparently, myriad variations of Pavilion models suffer from this\nchronic design flaw, which apparently HP steadfastly refuses to\nacknowledge or support.\n\nI personally think HP should be responsible and accountable for the\ndefects in their products. I am trying to determine if there are any\nother HP laptop owners who have seen their systems come to an untimely\ndemise because of their power problems, and if sufficient interest is\nshown, explore the possibility of some type of class-action against HP.\n\nI have opened an email account at [email][/email] to collect\ninformation from individuals willing to provide data about their HP\nPavilion laptop power problems. If you are a cuurent or former owner of\nan HP Pavilion laptop that has exhibited any of the power problems\ndescribed above, and you're willing to share, please send the following\nto the above address:\n\n1. Your actual name\n2. A real return email address at which you can be contacted.\n3. The specific HP laptop you have/had\n4. How long you had it\n5. The specific type of power problem you encountered\n6. Steps you took with HP or third-parties to have it repaired.\n\nNow, I realize some of you will say, "yeah, send all this stuff to some\nunknown guy on the Internet, and you'll get a flood of junk mail." Not\nso. I am not a spammer, I'm not a junk-mail relay or anything, I'm just\ntrying to get info from customers as dissatisfied with HP laptops\narising from a problem that shouldn't exist in the first place. If I\ndon't get enough response, no one will ever hear from me again, and the\nproject will die on the vine. If I do, the project will proceed in\nsteps as I learn what to do next at each step.\n\nMy point in all this is to make HP accountable for their poor,\nchronically defective hardware design. They should fix the laptops, or\nprovide new/refurbished ones to current owners.\n\n-David Whitney\n\nNote: REplies to the email address posted above\n([email][/email]) are discarded, as the account is no longer\nactive. If you send info to the HPLaptopUsers address, I'll respond as\nsoon as I can.