My machine just got repaired, and this seems like an auspicious occasion for starting to blog. The details follow:
While traveling abroad, my keyboard and trackpad started to become unresponsive. It looked like I had picked up some virus or spyware because every once in a while it seemed that things froze. So I deleted various items I had picked up in the Internet cafes (Boingo, Tomizone, and other useful services), backed things up, ran Symmantec and AppleJack, but found nothing.
Things got bad enough for me to put the recommended piece of paper under the battery, but not so bad that I took it in to Apple. And things were fine, for a little while.
Then disaster struck! The display started freezing with really scary pixely splotches, evidently a “kernel panic”. No Googling this time. Just get those backups up to date.
Take it to the Apple Store. The display scariness, it turns out, was a separate Nvidia problem. So here’s the result: A new trackpad “topcase” and a new logic board. From the Apple paperwork …
PCBA,MLB,2.4GHZ,REV2 (PartNumber:661-4956) $1,187.50
TOPCASEASSY (PartNumber:922-8036) $233.00
HARDWAREREPAIR-LEVEL2 (PartNumber:S1491LL/A) $135.00
Warranty effective through: Dec.21,2009
Would have cost: $1,555.50!!