Two months ago, I had a serious problem with my Macbook Pro (purchased July 2007). When I booted it up, nothing appeared, just the dreaded blank screen of death. I could hear the hard drive whirring away but nothing else happened. I took it to the Apple Store and they told me that the logic board needed to be replaced. So they sent it to a repair place in Texas. I got it back within a week. But it cost me a little over $300.
Today I read on the 37 Signals blog about the same Macbook Pro blank screen of death. The author of the post says that every Mac he has ever owned has failed. None of my Macs has ever failed; this Macbook Pro is the first one so perhaps I’m lucky.
I also found out that many people have this problem. See the Apple Discussion boards on the Mac Book Pro blank screen problem.
UPDATE: Apple will repair this problem free of charge. See my latest post.
UPDATE (6 October 2009): I have to highlight this comment from Lavina:
WOW, I just got off the phone with apple and they told me the nvidia video card is covered whether you have a warranty or not because it is a known issue and they will continue to support the replacing of the card, since it is nvidia who is paying in the end. 1-800-275-2273 is the number to call apple.
http://www.apple.com/support/contact/phone_contacts.html is the web page.
When you call you cannot expect the customer service rep to understand. you must be transferred to a tech specialist who is aware of these problems and will start a case # for u. whether you have paid already or not. So sweet!
UPDATE 30 Sept 2010 (via TUAW): MacBook Pro owners who bought a laptop with an Nvidia graphics processor in 2007 and 2008 may be eligible for free repairs as part of a settlement agreement for a class-action lawsuit . . . .The affected Mac models include 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros bought between May 2007 and September 2008. Not every laptop sold during that period is eligible for the settlement—the MacBook Pro models have to contain an Nvidia chip and feature an eligible serial number. (You can check on the former using the About This Mac panel, and confirm the latter on this lawsuit settlement page.) The laptop also needs to be experiencing the scrambled video or blank screen issues. Read more about Mac Book screen problems.