Last week I tried to turn on my 13-inch Mac Book Pro (purchased in September 2009) and nothing happened. I thought the battery was dead so I attached the power cord and pressed the button to start charging it. Nothing. There wasn’t even a light on the MagSafe connector (the power cord). I attached that power cord to another Mac Book Pro in the house and it was charging, so the power cord was not the problem either.
I took it to the Genius Bar at the Apple Store in San Francisco and they told me it had to sent away to a repair center. They had no idea what the problem was. I got my Mac Book Pro back in a few days and the repair summary stated that they replaced the main logic board (2.26GHz) and the connector. I am shocked that this laptop, which is only 1.5 years old, has a dead logic board (or motherboard). I have never dropped it or subjected it to torture.
If I did not have AppleCare, I would have had to spend $100 for the labor and $180 for the “flat rate repair charge”, a total of $280. AppleCare cost me $249 when I bought the laptop in 2008.
I have had problems in the past with the Mac Book Pro. In fact, the most popular post on this blog is the Mac Book Pro blank screen problem which has received 104 comments so far, mostly screams of anguish with a few triumphant cheers. My previous Mac Book Pro suffered from that problem and I’m glad I could help people get it repaired by Apple at no cost.