There is a way to fix the GPU issue with Apple care! I have done it successfully twice with 2 identical MacBook Pro machines: Late 2008 Model 2.6Ghz Core 2 Duo Nvidia 8600GT 512Mb 17" HighRes 1920x1200 display Basically you have to completely remove the logic board from the machine, which is not too difficult. Then pre-heat your oven to 220 degrees. Use foil, and make little legs on a baking tray. Place the logic board, GPU up on the legs. Put in the oven, and decrease temperature to 200 degrees. Wait 7 minutes... Remove, allow to cool. And re-fit, making sure EVERYTHING is properly connected. No joke, worked both times! The first used as a media machine is running perfectly! The second used everyday has begun to show issues, but has been under intense graphical stress a great deal more than the first.(Left 4 Dead 2 at full resolution). There are youtube instructions! Check them out!