So yesterday my poor, poor macbook suffered a hairline fracture on the screen.
I'm not sure how; there was no single event that it could be attributed to. I had put it in my bag from the coffeeshop, walked home, and upon opening it again at home, saw what I'll be showing you at the bottom of this post.
I talked to Apple, who charged me $49 to a credit card to transfer me to their repair specialist. After I had described the problem, he told that something like this wouldn't have been covered under Apple Care (thank god, since I didn't buy it anyway), and that this kind of problem is a "Tier 4" repair. Apparently, Apple segregates their repair pricing by the severity of the damage, Tier 4 being the most severe. He said that it would cost a thousand bucks for me to have my screen fixed
He gave me the numbers to the closest Authorized Apple Technicians and--at no request on my part
--refunded the $49 fee to talk to him since there was nothing he could do on his end to rectify the situation. I need some advice.
1) having it repaired for a thousand bucks is not one of them.
2) After signing into my Education discount, and checking the refurb, the best, cheapest Macbook I oculd get priced on apple.com was $949 for a 2.4 Ghz white Santa-Rosa model. Not bad, but I am unemployed and going to school. So a cheaper option would be desireable.
3) Purchase a $399 Acer Aspire one with a HDD instead of a SSD and try to run Ubuntu Netbook Remix on it? Is that hard to install ?
4) Eat ---- and just live with basically having 1/3 of the screen useless.
5) YOU give me some sort of advice or option I don't know/haven't thought of.
Intel "i7" 870, ASUS P55D Pro, 4GB DDR3 @ 1066Mhz, ATi Radeon 4890, Intel X-25M 80GB, Hitachi 1TB HDD, ASUS 23.6" VH242H and all of it in a nice, conservative looking Thermaltake M-9 case. (no flames)