Its been close to exactly 4 years now, on Aug 24, 2006 (still got the receipt) since i bought my Intel core duo 1st gen macbook..and its still kicking! ive had 2 hard drive crashes but i was smart and backed everything up, reformatted the hard drive and viola. Snow leopard, latest firmwares and updates, good amount of programs installed, upgraded the ram to 2gb and its been working just fine. I bought the Mini dvi to dvi adapter to treat it like a desktop and WOW the machine runs flawlessly. Lets see if we have any more 1st gen owners with the same kind of experience AND skipped the temptation of getting a new model every 6 months or so.