Last summer, my parents bought me an HP tc4200 tablet pc before I went off to college. Well, when it arrived, it worked for about 10 minutes before it died. We spent hours on the phone with HP and a service guy finally came to our house and accidentally broke the power button while trying to replace the motherboard. So they gave me a new one. But after a few months, it started having problems. Not any serious ones, just annoying little things. But I couldn't give up my computer and send it in until summer. So for months Ive had to push the mute button every time I open the computer so the screen turns back on. Anyway, I finally sent my computer in for repairs and they've had it for 10 days now ... they called and said something about ordering another function board. And now for the mac part. and the dilemma. So ever since I heard there would be a macbook, Ive been coming to macrumors and obsessing about getting a mac. I wanted a mac last summer, but my mom convinced me that it wouldn't be compatible and I got distracted by the super cool features of tablet PCs (my mom only uses PCs and my dad only uses macs). Well, now that Ive been at college for a year, I know for sure that macs are compatible and that I rarely use the tablet function of my pc (and the coolness has worn off). And I hate windows. So I had a plan: I can get a job and sell my computer ... and docking station, extra battery, extra pen, extra power adapter, monitor stand, optical drive ...except that the job hunting didn't go so well. And my mom thinks that I shouldn't sell the HP because it would be a waste of money. And I may be a little bit spoiled. (in my defense, I am a good kid and I do get good grades) So what should I do? I could just stick with the HP and hope it comes back working perfectly. My parents would be happy, it would hopefully work properly, I wouldnt have to sell stuff but I would still hate windows. Or, I could try to sell the HP (Intel® Pentium® M Processor 750 1.86 GHz 533 MHz 2 MB, 512 MB RAM + 1 GB crucial RAM, 60GB hard drive, 12.1 screen; purchased for about $1700) plus all the accessories (separately of course). Then, I could buy the macbook Ive been obsessing over for months and possibly get a new ipod after selling my ipod mini. My mom doesn't want option number two because she thinks I would loose a lot of money on the laptop (well, ok she would lose the money because she bought it). Unfortunately, the HP does look a little worn after a year of use - especially the mouse buttons. Anyone have any ideas on how much I could sell it for? Oh, and she says that my aunt (who is a mac-lover and recently bought a macbook pro) says it's a bad idea to buy now because ms office isn't universal binary and some things are slow. But there's always iwork, right? Oh, and fyi, I was considering getting the middle macbook, but now Im thinking I could get the low-end macbook and just keep my external optical drive (it burns dual layer DVDs). I'm a science major, and I use my computer mostly for typing notes (I always bring my laptop to class), writing lab reports/papers, surfing the internet, instant messaging, and watching movies. I don't play games and I might need windows to run Origin occasionally. Thanks for reading my long post. I would appreciate any advice on selling my tablet.