My first generation Macbook has been giving me all kinds of trouble lately. Frankly, I'm very disappointed in the machine. Here is what I am dealing with: My palmrest split, cracked, and a piece of my casing broke off as a result of the contact made with the lid magnet. New casing appears to be about $400 plus labor. Any ideas on how I might be able to fix this for substantially less? The other day I went to burn a c.d. and my optical drive started freaking out and making all kinds of noise. The disc was ejected and now when I attempt to burn iTunes tells me that the burning hardware cannot be found. I have not downloaded any new programs lately. What's the deal? Twice in the last two days while using the computer I get a dark gray screen that says something to the effect of "your computer needs to be restarted, hit the power button". I've never even heard of this screen - what gives? My battery, which lasts about four hours now (I usually have the charger plugged in as the computer stays mostly on my desk) immediately shuts off at about 30% life. No warning, nothing. Just off. I haven't upgraded the ram (still at 512), but I only use iTunes, Firefox, and Word. And yet the computer seems to be getting consistently slower. I do all of the updates, but nonetheless. I do not have Applecare. Any help? Thank you!