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    Unhappy New MBP or... wait?
    Hi, just a quick question to see what anyone has to say about this...

    I have a MBP purchased in July of 2007, 15", 2 gigs of ram, 2.4 GHz I believe... and I have been getting the 4SNS/1/40000000:TGOD problem.... sometimes my computer freezes (I am assuming becaue it is getting too hot) and sometimes it refuses to start back up when i restart it... it's really annoying, but if I give it some time it comes back eventually... at any rate, I think it's a new motherboard that is required... which I am led to believe will be at least 1200... and I don't have applecare (YIKES, I know, I know... I'm an idiot!)

    I use my mac for school (architecture) and heavily rely on it for everyday use.. so far I have been just trying to get by with the inconvenience, but I am wondering if it would be smart to drop $2500 on a new Macbook Pro, with warrentee... or should I just bite the bullet and fix this one? Seems like I mi9ght as well buy a new one and get it covered for 3 years...

    Also... is it worth it to wait until the summer (student deals) or fall (possible update of the hardware? hmm.. I am just having a hard time deciding what I should do.... I have the money and could afford a new one now (though the bugdet would be strained) ... also... is there any option for selling a MBP that just needs a new motherboard?

    Any help would be great! Thanks.

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    Your computer isn't that old; I'd recommend fixing it since it's less than half the cost of a new one, and then BUY Applecare so you're covered for 3 years, and can then get the most out of your initial money spent. If you buy a new laptop, you'll gain a slight increase in performance, but it is unlikely that it will be worth the expense (twice as much money as fixing your current one, but will it allow you to be twice as productive?)

    Make an appointment at the Apple Store's Genius Bar, if you can. It costs nothing, and they'll tell you for sure what is wrong with your current computer if you don't already know. It may not be as expensive as you think to fix it.

    Good luck!
    "Luck favors the prepared"

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    Is Applecare still an option if I am past my one year??

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    Quote Originally Posted by stankewich View Post
    Is Applecare still an option if I am past my one year??
    No, it must be purchased before the original warranty expires.

    Regards.

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    that said isn't it a better idea to hold out and buy a new computer soon so i can get three years of coverage instead of... none...? or am I off base on that?

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    You don't get three years of coverage just for buying a new machine. You have to buy that separately. Must be bought within a year of buying the machine as well.
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    understood, but at least I will have the option... at this point with my old machine I have no option to extend warranty, correct?

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