First Real Problem - IEEE1394 Plug is Kaput/Gebbroken!!!
For the past several weeks, the componets that I have been connecting to the IEEE1395 (Firewire) plug on the front of this machine have been misbehaving to one degree or another. Today, the little "plastic/rubber" plug that is internal to the adapter came off and lodged in the cable side connector. I initially didn't notice this and when I swapped cables, WHAM.. Nothing worked anymore. Looks like the pins are bent all to H*** (or broken) and the plug on the laptop is totally unusable. I have an exended warranty; however, think that I will wait a while before sending it in for repair as I have a ton of work scheduled and don't want to be inconvienced by the loss of this machine.
Sure is a bummer because I use the IEEE1394 to connect to various 16x DVD writers and my backup HDD devices. Now, forced to use the USB 2.0 interface, I will only be able to enjoy 12/14x speeds and realize a two minute slowdown when writing DVDs. Backup speeds are also much slower.