I see all kinds of resources for cleaning laptop fans in general, but not much specific to my computer. The problem is that many tutorials I find assume that you can get to the fan pretty easily - but with my laptop, it's pretty intensive. The guide for replacing the fan includes removing pretty much everything in order to pull off the entire top panel and access the fan beneath it - not something I want to attempt unless I really have to.
So, I'd like to see if a good cleaning would help. I asked HP if there was any way to access the fan without actually going through all the steps included in replacing it; they said the only thing I can do is blow air into the side intake vents. That did nothing.
I'm about two years out of warranty, so nothing I do will void anything.
Does anyone have a suggestion of how to clean it out? It's running around 15C hotter than it did when I got it, and since I've never thoroughly cleaned the fan before, I'm hoping cleaning it now will help. Is there any way to access it (other than through the thin slits at the bottom, which proved useless to me) without ripping the laptop apart?