Do I have any options or is the end near?

I have a 17" MacBookPro1,2 with 2.16 Intel Core Duo and 2GB of Memory. This thing has given me years of use but I'm pretty sure it's nearing the end.  For some time I have been getting weird little video line type glitchiness every now and then.  When I boot it up, there is a moment where a grey screen with some black geometric artifacts flashes for a few seconds.  Lately, it has just been randomly shutting off completely and without warning.  It's probably a miracake it has last this long, I am sure.  Any thoughts on the **** downs and display weirdness?  There is no way to actually upgrade the board, right!  How about a mounting bracket to put an SSD in the optical slot?  I cannot seem to find one for this model.  Any thoughts are appreciated. Thank you.

There are specialists whose business is to restore or repair older Mac portable computers
and sometimes they also have ones in stock they have repaired & guaranteed. Usually for
less than you could have an older failing one fixed. However the number still would be in
the near $500. range for a 17-inch MacBook Pro, early model (aluminum) as indicated here:
http://shop.wegenermedia.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=9_11_78
A similar effort may be found if the failed unit were sent to a repair facility after contacting
them directly; however one that's already repaired has options in addition to price range.
(My only experiences with them have been good, as I sent an obsolete Apple portable to
their shop in SC - after emails & calls to their 800# - via Priority US Mail in a padded box.)
Given the main board and items normally affixed to it are likely in need of resolder or replace
the above mentioned company has the equipment and trained staff to accommodate service.
The same company offers other older models and some newer ones, but not actually new.
Other choices include considering Apple Store's online Refurbished & Clearance pages for
something much newer and those qualify for an extended AppleCare optional plan as well.
OWC macsales and other online vendors of long-standing reputation offer repaired units
and some perhaps more refurbished than others, when it comes to vintage & obsolete...
Good luck & happy computing!

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