Least you can't tell the girl she doesn't do her homework/research :P
What my plans are depends on the condition of the unit in question. If the site turns into a scam - Paypal refunds my money and I hit ebay for another model.
But here's the basics:
if the Tx25xx is "new" I plan to talk to HP about putting a warrenty on it, if they permit - which they probably won't, but it was a needed step in the plan.
If covered under warranty (doubtful) I do nothing those X years (as long as the warranty covers the exact problem of Overheating GPU)
If no warranty, or none to cover GPU - I plan to open the sucker up and resolve the matter at first glance.
Replacing the cheap thermal pad with a copper shim (just need to find the thickness that is appropriate, probably around 1mm) and using some good ol' arctic silver 5 thermal paste to replace stock on both GPU and CPU.
This should prevent overheating and the fatal problems the model has had for years (just like xbox360, in fact I think i might name the laptop "Iwantedtobeanxbox")
However I also plan to use a cooling pad (just cannot decide if 1 giant fan would be good or several smaller - location specific to the intake vents- fans would be better)
If temps still skyrocket - I plan to do some case modification to let more air in easier, or internal fan replacement to something with some higher CFM movement (even at the cost of battery life).
If all else fails I can think about re-designing the case and adding crazy stuff like better heat sinks/liquid cooling/whatever it takes, but I think I won't have to go that far.
Then there is the more complex method of having the onboard video chip replaced with a similar "socket" chip that runs cooler (IF one exists that is) while Iam at it I might look at the CPU chip as well and see what socket chips can fit in it for extra Oomph or cooler temps. (cooler temps being preferred, both being awesome)
So literally in the end this will be a cooled beast of it's kind.
What do you think?
Of course I am open to discussion of thermal compounds to use as well - I will actually require the best thermal compound I can get to help the heat dissapation of this crazy hot GPU.
I just happen to have leftover AC5 and I know it's "one of the best" although Shin-Etsu X23-7783D may have better temps, or even M-X 3
shows screen replacement, and more importantly that the fingerprint reader actually plugs into a small chipboard behind the LCD itself. around 2:33 you'll see it.
I guess it comes down now to if the tx2500z has that chip board or not.
The repair is for "TX2500" series, but if that is the only thing that chipboard does - it may not be included in my model.
I am wondering though if the one I ordered just had its fingerprint reader removed? (if so... lolz. $6 replacement to get it going again)