I got a package today. Apologies for the blurry pictures; they looked a lot better on my camera.
So yeah. Static is bad for electronics. Who knew?
I was going through these to censor any serial numbers, but the only thing you can even read is the model number. That's convenient. Time to crack 'er open!
That's RAM, hard drives, and the new CPU on a cookie sheet. I'm assuming this is sufficient for preventing damage from ESD.
Keyboard and top panel removed. Crap-covered sheet of plastic and motherboard exposed.
It's surprisingly light when like this. I'm assuming that the thin copper shell absorbs static.
What I need now is the CPU and GPU cooler. There's thermal paste on it and I need access to the socket for obvious reasons.
I honestly have no idea what happened with these pictures. I swear I'm better than this. But that's the old Turion II.
I think that this picture is the most damning evidence that all of the L655D laptops are exactly the same excluding differences in HDDs, RAM, or CPUs. Look at the heatsink. The exposed square of copper in the middle is too big to have been made for a 25W "P" CPU, but it fits the 35W "N" CPU very well. In addition, they all have the same additional features: same VGA port, same eSATAp port, audio and microphone jacks, USB ports and an ODD on the other side, Radeon HD 4250 Mobility... So, although I would have agreed with the man who said earlier to try and acquire the cooler from one of these models that used an "N" CPU, after seeing this, I doubt there is any difference whatsoever.
Moment of truth...
Hey, it works!
I spent part of yesterday hacking my favorite Rainmeter script. Again. I added an additional bar to show a third core and some text on the side bar whose absence had bugged me. Audio and Power, for those wondering. The battery monitor was hacked in earlier by me, as was the HDD temperature bar. It's exactly 768 pixels tall to fit on a 1366x768 screen and the taskbar pops up to cover just the clock and date. It's based on the ForceX V2 skin. Unfortunately the guy who made them has taken down links to the older, all-in-one version and you're stuck with the modular V3.
So I'm happy. I'll do a Prime95 test momentarily, pray it doesn't burst into flames, and update with the results. I got up to 70 degrees last night with restricted airflow (i.e. in my lap) before it just stopped getting any hotter.