Does the laptop cooling pad pull heat away from the laptop or push air into the laptop like the fan I am using? That for sure would be the best option, although I am having trouble finding them for a 17" model laptop like mine.
If I choose to fix the fan it is the last item in the laptop, after removing hard drive, mother board, etc... I have to remove all other components to get to the fan. I have the complete service guide from HP that show how to remove every component and where every single screw and the size of the screw goes. It even has an inventory of screws and parts.
My main question is do I have to remove the screen, and do I need one of those plastic tools to remove it? I think they call them a case crack tool. Looks like a plastic popsicle stick.
I would realy like to actually fix it in the future to learn how to repair minor items on a laptop. But I might go with the cooling fan option for now, if it will provide enough air flow. I hardly ever take my laptop off my desk. It travels very rarely to another location.
Where do I get the processor stuff for the heat sink? Does EggHead have these items?
Here is a disassembly video that is almost exactly like mine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xFM3pvABbg
Thanks alot for your help!