And thus ends my great Apple experiment. After going through 3 units (isight dead, left speaker dead, dead pixels, respectively). I have given up and will be getting a full refund for my 2.53 stock unit. I think it was mostly my own fault, I wanted to use it as almost exclusively a Vista machine, because I do prefer that OS and I could tinker with OSX on the side. But the sound (pop/crackle) and hard lockup issues (on all three units, and yes I know how to use boot camp and install the proper drivers) made it unusable. Instead, I went out today and bought the Best Buy Exclusive HP DV3510: http://www.bestbuy.com/site//olspage.jsp?id=pcmcat161100050036&type=category It's the one on the right and it's slightly less powerful but includes a million things I missed on a mac (esata, hdmi, vga out, card readers, removable optical drive, and on and on) and it comes with a 2 yr warranty and I saved $1500. Just wanted to share the experience for anyone toying with the idea of using the awesome MBP hardware as a windows machine....the support just isn't there yet. Maybe next time around?