I own a late 2008 Unibody MBP 15" / 2.8 GHZ / 4GB RAM. I had this one for about 14 months now and I have always treated it with the utmost respect, never damaged it ... it doesn't even have so much as a scratch. But now, after my 1-year warranty has expired, I'm experiencing these issues: My battery is 'swollen' ... the bulb on the back of the battery has become so large, the battery/HD chamber door doesn't even close anymore. The trackpad doesn't work anymore. It doesn't register anything I do and I can't even press it down properly anymore (can't hear the physical click anymore). Maybe this has something to do with the oversized battery pushing up against it? My MiniDisplayPort-OUT port shows weird discolorations & interference when I connect my MBP to my Cinema Display or to my HDTV (with a Kanex MDP>HDMI cable) These problems starting out of the blue and definitely not because of something I did. I called AppleCare here in Belgium (don't have an AC Protection Plan, mind you) and they referred me to an Apple-authorized Service Provider (because we don't have any 'official' Apple stores here in Belgium, only Premium Resellers). The resellers are quite known for NOT applying Apple's policies in customer care, so you have about a 75% chance of them ripping you off when you walk in the store for a technical issue. Now I heard the AppleCare representative say something about 'starting an end-of-life procedure'? What does this mean? I'd like to know what I'm entitled to and what I can demand when I go to the service provider in a few days, hoping I can get my machine repaired for a low cost... Thanks in advance !