Took it apart and cleaned out the dust from the fan, vents, ect (it needed it) and temp didn't really drop. I then cleaned off the old thermal paste and reapplied. Now when it is idle, it hovers around 60 degrees without the cooling pad(still too high in my non-expert opinion) but when stressed it got up to 90 degrees C and of course the video started getting real choppy at that high temp.
She did mention that she heard the fan making a noise right before this issue started. The fan does spin freely when I turn on the laptop but I don't know the RPM's (I guess it isn't monitored as HWMonitor didn't show anything on fan speed like I normally see on my personal machine). I'm starting to think the fan isn't kicking into high gear (if they even do that) when its needed.
What do you all think about just ordering a new fan for it and giving that a shot. If not that, could it be something with the mobo not telling the fan to pick it up? Any ideas/thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by Zebug, 06 August 2011 - 11:11 PM.