It’s been about two weeks since I’ve had my laptop returned to me and I’m happy to say everythings working just fine. Kudos goes out to Circuit City, Fire Dog, and the Repair Center for the prompt work, taking care of my property and keeping me informed.
I still think it’s unfortunate that the repairs weren’t covered by HP. The graphics chip issue affected more than just the AMD based laptops and should have been a manufactures warranty repair. Incidents like this make the case for extended warranties. But if you’re still on the fence about spending extra money on an extended warranty here’s the rule I go by. If it costs more than $500.00 and it’s laptop size or bigger get the warranty. The worst case scenario is that you’ll never have to use it and you’re out $100.00 or $300.00 depending on the item. This is better than being out maybe $500.00 or more for parts plus labor and shipping. Better safe than sorry.