Thanks, that's just what I've been trying, working my way from the ends to the center. And I tried to spread the pressure out by prying from both sides and slowly creeping toward the center. But it definitely cracked at the foot and now I'm stuck. I can't get the back feet/hooks back in place, and the front still won't come out and is cracking.
I'd suggest you call Envy tech. Tell them what happened that your cover was "extra tight" it cracked. I'd really hope that HP is gonna be cool, and send you a free cover replacement. Worth a shot.
Thanks for the feedback both of you. I'm not opposed to using TS. I just want to get reliable feedback from others who are using that it won't turn the laptop into a frying pan hot enough to cook eggs on it....lol.
Totally get you I was the same way, But when Bobmitch said it worked good for him I decided to give TS a shot, And since my temps stayed as before I'm gonna keep using it, Hope the temps will be good for you as well
I'm trying to get the hard drive cover off to install my SSD. I looked in the manual and saw that the front (closest to the mouse) side should come off and then the rear clips just slid out.
I can NOT get it! The from is stuck right in the middle where the rubber foot is and it even just cracked a little when I tried to give it a little more force.
Stick credit card or supermarket/video membership card in where detents in cover are at left and right of center. they are rectangular recesses in vertical wall at front edge near the screws by the corners of cover plate. Slide plastic towards center from there. As someone mentioned above maybe they can send a replacement cover as that is a "user replaceable part". The various replacement pieces I've gotten are often overnighted and sometimes don't require replacement of defective ( in your case damaged) part
Just a couple my thoughts on gaming with the throttling issues.
I would say that for the most reliable gaming experiance you probably want to do the complete opposite of your gut instinct. Normally we set everything to max and consider overclocking the GPU etc to eek thoese extra frames per second that make us feel special. But when playing many games consistancey is more important than intermitant high FPS. So I would definatly disable turbo with throttlestop while gaming. The turbo works great when the cpu goes from idle and has to do a whole lot of work to finsh that photoshop filter you just applied or whatever as quickly as possible. But with gaming the CPU usage is constantly near the top and the load is fairly consistant.
The other important thing to think about with the envy is it has a limited thermal envelope with one heatsink/fan connected to both CPU and GPU. If you want your envy to last for years of gaming you probably don't want it running 85c+ for 3 hours a day. So you may want to down clock the CPU or GPU so that it fits well inside the heat you are comfortable with. Idealy you could tailor the underclocking for the games you are playing. Some games are more CPU limited and so it might be a good idea to underclock the GPU and let the CPU run at the max non turbo speed. Other games seem to work even if the CPU is throtteling at 800Mhz so you may want to pick a speed somewhere in the middle range and lock it there so the GPU can use more of the limited thermal budget.
Another Option is to just use advanced throttlestop settings to keep cpu temp at an upper limit. By limiting the CPU it may indirectly reduce the GPU load and decrease the overall temp but it may not be perfect. In the ideal world there would be an appliction that combines throttlestop and GPU over/underclocking to manage the thermal optimum settings.
But it seems the ultimate solution is to relocate to the south pole or similar sub zero climate.
The only cosmetic thing I mentioned before was that there was a little waviness in the metal above the keyboard and below the screen. It was hard to see, but i could feel it pretty easily.
I took the battery out and loosen all the screws in the battery compartment, changing them from tight to just snug (loosened then until they were completely loose and then tighten them until there was resistance and then stopped, before they had been cranked another 1/2 turn past resistance).
The waviness went away and I'm completely satisfied with the computer cosmetics/aesthetics.
Now I'm using acronis to image the OEM drive and transfer the image to the new SSD. Crossing my fingers...
so guys why someone risking buying this laptop , because ive already read a lot people complain about the throttle problem plus some building problems , i have an vaio f21 but i am thinking selling it and buy this fellow for a lot of reasons for example much more powerfull gpu sata3 port and many more but i am really scared abou this throttle problem everyone is complaining so clear the scenery for me does all the envy have that ? or is just luck ?