It seems clear from all these posts (including mine!) that there are problems associated with both the Nvidia Graphics Chip and the Main Logic board on 3 year old MacBook Pros. It also seems to be a bit of a lottery whether Apple will repair the Nvidia piece FoC or the entire logic board. I'm in the UK and I see that someone in the US saw $2000 or so on the invoice for the complete logic board. Crikes! I had my repair done in a UK Apple Store and the total cost was just over £700 which I guess is around $1100. Luckily for me this was done FoC.
As I said in my post, it was clear to me that the technician really had no clue as to whether it was the Nvidia chip or the entire logic board. Since there was no start up chime etc etc I was fearing that it was the entire logic board that had gone up the swanny. Since I was only days out of my Apple Care Protection Plan I can only assume that the Apple Care guy took pity on me and arranged for the repair to be done FoC. This does suggest to me that Apple IS aware of this problem and, whilst suing Nvidia might be the right thing to do, there does appear to be two issues here.
I agree with those that said this - "No way should one of these expensive machines be failing in such a catastrophic manner after only 3 years".
I'm one of the lucky ones but it seems to me that there are just too many people out there who clearly have been unlucky enough to live in the wrong place.
If Apple is reading these posts it is about time that they acknowledged the problem and simply replaced what appears to me to be faulty logic boards and Nvidia chips. Maybe the Nvidia chip problem causes the Main Logic board to fail. Doesn't matter, it's still Apple's problem and it doesn't look like it's all that isolated.
I can only hope that Apple acknowledges this soon and gets its reputation back in order. After all, if you buy a 17" MBP you're not exactly a beginner!
Thanks for the advice!
I am gonna try the Apple Coporate Customer Relations route.
I too have had a lot on inconsistant responses to this known issue and feel like its due to a lack of awareness on the part of Apple Store folks and Apple Care Reps...
Or its just a crap shoot, like dealing with AT&T billing!
Anyway, I will let you know how it turns out this unit is out of warranty so I have my fingers crossed!