Hi all. I'm posting this as reference for those looking to see Apple's policy for replacement computers. I got mine today! Here's my stats: 2007 SR MacBook Pro (purchased June 2008 on clearance through a hook-up at Guitar Center). Over the past three years, my computer has received the following service at the Apple Store: 2 replacement batteries 1 top case replacement 1 logic board replacement (due to nVidia 8600 whatever) 1 power brick replacement 3 optical drive replacements It was this last optical drive replacement I was going in for today. The genius was nice, I was carrying my cutest-in-the-world 15 month-old daughter, and he looked at my 'puter's history, and he just volunteered that he would see what he could do. Five minutes later he told me I seem like a nice guy and he'd like to give me a new computer. I got the baseline 2011 15-inch MBP. I definitely think my 2007 MBP was a bit of a lemon, but I didn't think I had much shot at a free replacement. Not for an optical drive. From what I've read here and on the webs, you need three *major* components to fail. But here we are. In my wildest dream I hoped for another GPU failure next year after the Ivy Bridge MBPs are out to get a replacement. But that was a long shot and I'm thrilled with what I got. Obviously, who wouldn't be. So earn your karma, be nice to your genius and maybe you'll get the hook-up. If I thought I had any more luck in the tank I'd go buy a lottery ticket.