Long story, but I have to have some way to vent. I'm sorry... 15 months ago, my parents bought me the high-end white MacBook (w/ SuperDrive). Yesterday, when I came home from school, my MacBook didn't turn on. It made beeping noises (sometimes it beeped once, other times it beeped three times) and wouldn't boot. So my dad came home and I told him. He set up a Genius Bar appointment for repair for both our MacBooks. He got a Mid 2007 white Macbook from his work, it used to belong to his coworker who was fired and later returned the MacBook (really dirty and disgusting condition, btw). My dad's MacBook had cracks in the top case and really dirty keyboard/ and shiny (literally) trackpad. Mine wasn't booting and was beeping. So today, we went to the Apple Store in Valleyfair, CA. Checked in, and they examined the MacBooks (we brought both my dad's and mine). We waited an hour, and they came out with one MacBook. It was my dad's. He was kinda lazy and so he never bothered making the appointment, but since I had/needed to, he just kinda tagged along. Back to the story now. My MacBook apparently had a faulty chip on the logic board that switches between AC and battery power. As a result, my MacBook wasn't booting. They told us that they would call us once the problem is diagnosed. A few hours later they called my dad and told him that my MacBook couldn't boot from using battery and only from AC. It could then use battery power, but the initial boot had to be with AC power. My dad decided to not repair it, since it would cost an upwards of $500. We drove back to the Apple Store and picked it up. I got home and found that my MacBook had to be used from AC power only. That means I'm tethered to a power outlet if I want to use my computer. The Apple Store technicians had blocked the logic board from accessing the battery, otherwise it wouldn't boot (failing the hardware test that is done every boot up). To make things worse, my hard drive was wiped. I have the data backed up, but I have to spend time to install and update my OS/Software. I also discovered there's this HUGE gap between the optical drive slot and the top case. There's gaps pretty much everywhere else along the top case edges. So any ideas on how I can persuade my dad to buy me a unibody MacBook or iMac? I'm devastated. I asked him nicely, and also tried to reason with him. Won't budge. I usually work very mobile. I work on the sofa, in the bathroom (I don't watch porn, so no jokes please), on my bed (again no joking), my desk, etc. I only have one computers, and there are just two computers in the house; my mom's $300 Dell and mine. I"m not a greedy person, and put my MacBook to use. I edit videos (for club @ school and YouTube, check out the link in my sig), record some music I play with my violin, email/internet, photos, movies, etc. I take very good care of my stuff. I clean them regularly, and my iPod touch (with no case or screen protectors), although scratched, looks better than my friends' iPod touches with cases and screen protectors. I never drop my stuff or abuse it in any way. I'm heading off to bed, but I'll read the replies tomorrow morning.