I bought my Macbook Pro in Augus 09, but found out it was an '08 model. Over time, it developed a number of operating problems. I have AppleCare and was going to bring it in to be fixed. Then, I spilled some tea on it---not much, and I didnt think it got inside. It still worked the same for almost a month. Then it got buggier and buggier, until I couldnt back it up before it failed. I brought it in to an AASP, but when they opened it up, they saw evidence of the spill all over. (I knew spills werent covered). So they said no repair would be covered. They estimated that it would be $800 or more to replace the HD, possibly repair/replace the logic board, possibly repair the optical drive. I figured that it wasnt worth it to fix it. Now I see online that the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processors used in these models were defective and caused the logic boards to heat up and fail. So Apple has been replacing both the NVIDIA processor and the logic board for free (unless you get a technician who blames you instead). So Im thinking that since it worked for a month afterwards, that this was an issue. The problems I was having at the end, some anyway, seemed like the problems caused by the NVIDIA. I would like to get Apple to replace the NVIDIA and logic board under AppleCare, but I cant see convincing them to do this, because of the spill. Now they blame every problem on the spill, warranted or not. Any suggestions? Im afraid that it would just be a be a losing battle.