Thanks for the guide. It wasn't very difficult, got the fan cleaned out and new thermal paste on and it doesn't sound like a jet engine anymore. They sure make it more difficult than necessary to clean the laptops!
Seemed like I was going to rip the motherboard up where the usb ports are by the audio connector, why isn't the %#*@ thing screwed down? Lol If I push down by the audio connector like you mention and pull it up from the other side will ot be fine, felt and looked like I might snap the board.
Thanks for the guide! I haven't done it yet as I don't need to, I was just checking to see how hard it would be to replace my phone battery so I would know if I would really have to baby the thing haha...this is a great guide, which I would have no trouble following so my mind is at ease.