We finally got around to taking my laptop, which has not really been working properly since November, back to Fry’s on warranty yesterday. The prospect of getting it repaired to my satisfaction, however, appears fairly poor. There were apparently some defective sectors on the hard drive and lots of dust buildup inside, but the fans seem to be working properly. This whole warranty thing seems to be essentially a big scam to me — I still have to pay for the repairs (although I don’t have to pay to get defective parts replaced). They want about $110 just for cleaning it up.
However, my desktop, which was nearly useless in Santa Barbara and booted up only very sporadically, is working just fine here, so not all is lost.