Most of the ideas you mentioned I've heard before. Let me summarize.
Originally Posted by redgtxdi
but the ram (and more specifically the ram bay door) still gets rather hot when the laptop's plugged into AC.
I noticed that it's typically hotter on the AC because the battery is charging.
|#1.) Milling/Drilling some slots or holes in the ram bay door like the old D5xx latitudes used to have
To see if it'll make a difference, take off the memory door completly and compare the temps. You'll probably see a drop of couple of degrees which is probably just some error. Not enough.
|#2.) Milling/Drilling some slots or holes just above the audio plugs in the plastic covering the HD bay on the side. I already noticed some improvement by removing the PCMCIA black-plastic blank out of there ('cuz there's some small gaps between the bays that will allow that air to escape) and I figure if HD's have breather holes from spinning, why not put that inertia to work by perforating that small area of plastic with some small ventilation slots of holes to cool the HD even further?? Or at least let it breathe better than it does with that plastic darn-near sealed up???
The toshiba HD has a vent hole at the bottom and the caddy blocks it but the temeratures dont' seem to be any higher or lower than on other HDs that have the breathing hole on the top.
I've been suggesting this for a while: take out the entire
pcmcia assembly (not just the black place holder or a pcmcia card) and install a small fan there. It should cool down both the HD and the area on top of the RAM.
Oh, and someone put cooling pads over the RAM sticks.