I may have misinterpreted part of your initial post. I took
"Anyway I am new to notebooks and wondering if people can post other notebook sites/forums they visit so I can get some more info."
as a query for links to,...
Do a search and you'll find that several folks are resorting to loading drivers for other cards to try to alleviate some of the issues around the connectivity issue and lack of updated drivers for the Intersil/Prism card.
Ordered and received, from PC Torque, my first laptop this January. Was a very simple operation. I've had no need to contact them for anything but if you have questions email or call them and they will happily provide you answers.
USB port replicators are available (from PCTorque even I believe); would that not do the trick for you? One example that may work for you can be found here:
Search the forums for posts by Henrik as he created a nifty little program that (if I recall correctly) can control the fan speeds on certain models. Might work for you and be easier/safer than replacing fans.
Check the 56XX tech...