I have Late 2011 17" Macbook Pro, it's all original configuration, running High Sierra.
So this morning I turned my Macbook on, once booted, I went to open Safari, and immediately encountered that "Blue Screen of Death". Thought that is a Windows phenomenon so should be ok. Turned it off, back on, but it got stuck in a boot loop.
Tried a few things, called Apple Support, they tried troubleshoot over the phone with me, no luck. Then took it to Apple Store for diagnosis. All that Apple "Genius" was able to tell me was, it looks like it may be hard drive issue, as it's not even letting me run diagnosis on SSD". Didn't get much confidence despite asking few times about what exactly is wrong. They didn't try anything else, just run their "diagnosis".
The situation now is that it tries to boot up, plays the boot chime, shows the Apple logo and progress bar but at 50% progress the screen goes blank/white, and nothing after that. Tries Command R to reset, tried use internet recovery, doesn't work.
My next option is replace SSD, but don't want to buy one unless I can at least have some confidence it will fix the issue.
Any one has any similar experience or suggestions?