A few months ago, I bought my first Mac and converted from a PC. Much of that was due in part to these forums. However, last week, my 15" Macbook Pro (late 2008 model, I think) started having multiple problems. I bought this thing in February and now I get a message that my battery is not charging, the screen is flickering like crazy, it started overheating quite a bit, and the hard drive making all these clicking sounds (like it's failing). What the hell did you people get me into? The computer only works if plugged in since battery can no longer charge. I took it in on Saturday and the tech said, "Oh boy, you better back that baby up before bringing it in. Looks like it may need a new logic board and hard drive." I backed it up with Time Machine and I'm bringing it in today. I have had about 3 computers in the last 11 years. And this is the fastest time I've ever had my computer fail. What happened to Apple quality? Are they just going to replace parts and give me a sub-par computer? What am I looking at? And now, I'm reading online that my Time Machine may not recognize my "new" refurbished computer because of a different MAC address? Is that right? Why don't they replace this lemon with a new computer? I'm just incredibly frustrated. I was hoping someone here may have an idea at what I'm looking at. I see a lot of people here supporting Apple, but then I read people recommending Applecare, as if that is some sort of compensation for a product that should have been right the first time around. I bought into the hype. Any insight would be helpful? Also, does Apple ever replace a system with another one?