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Ripping apart my HP L2000 Notebook

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Well I saw temps of nearly 90C at the core yesterday when gaming with this notebook (ATi x200m flashed to 300m drivers) turion64 @ 1.8mHz, 768 of un-paired POS RAM.

It games CS/DoD/NS well, at about 50-65fps with medium-ish settings at 1024x768 (none of my HL mods will display in widescreen, oddly enough -- native res of my laptop is 1280x768)

these temps will just not suffice at all if I wsh this notebook to live, so I took it all apart, everything is flayed right to the exposed cores of the ATi chip and the turion CPU...





the cooler for this machine is cool-looking cooper heatpipe assembly with a small heatsink block of copper fins, all of that mounted on a crude aluminum (I think) base with a tiny tiny fan on a plastic bracket cooling it all.

between the copper pipe and the core of the turion chip lays this stupid aluminum-looking foil that acts as the primary heat transfer surface, I guess... it sure doesnt LOOK very effective, and its pasted on there with a huge amount of crappy thermal goo that I cant seem to get loose...

and then the ati chip is cooled by a sticky/foamy pad that also doesnt look very effective.

What Im trying to do here is get some AS5 here on both chips in place of the gooey substance near the CPU and then hopefully the gooey pad on the ATi chip, Im thinking these 2 improvemetns (as well as undervolting my CPU as soon as I get the AS5 in place and the laptop back together) will effectively lower my CPU temps by as much as 20C while under load, I hope this is possible since if the temp DOESNT lower by 20C Ill be having to buy a new laptop quite soon...
    
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all OEM PCs/notebooks use the white crap thermal paste, i put AS5 on my old zv5000 notebook and temps dropped from 60C IDLE to 35C... mount it like a reg desktop, cpu>thermal>HS no foam, or aluminum sheets

Good luck, dont break anything =D
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I did it! took off al foam/foil BS and replaced it with a thin/even layer of AS5, and my temps on the core are now 37C idle, 65C while priming for 2 hours, while on AC outlet, no CPU throttling, with out even undervolting! I bet I can get it to 60C load if I undervolt it. ^.^

Im so incredibly stoked, now I can game even better on this thing.

I cant monitor the temps of the Ati chip, so I can assume they improved as well, since Ive had no lockups while gaming. (and no artifacting)

So all in all it was a success, I lost one tiny screw but then I found it so that was cleared up as well. My oly gripe now is that the stock fan is LAME but there is no room to put anything else in there, unless I go completely custom, and frankly, I dont think the gains would be enough to be worth it. Ill just try and figure out how to have the fan I have here turn on earlier or maybe stay on 24/7.
    
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Might as well do it with any OEM PCs you got I know my father's PC had this white goopy bird crap on his processor, so I wiped it off with rubbing alcohol and put AS5 on. I didn't check temps, it was more of a "I was bored" thing.
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