I'm posting here because a google search of "how to open inspiron 6000" actually led me to a macrumors forum post. Also the official Dell forum is an absolute joke. So here is my story: I've been flirting with the idea of purchasing a macbook for some time now. Specifically, a blackbook. I'm currently eyeing the previous model that can be found discounted online if you look hard enough. I currently own a Dell Inspiron 6000 for 2 years now. With the exception of a small dead pixel in the lower right hand corner of my screen, I have to admit it has worked almost flawlessly. Until...... The fan began making noise a month back. The noise comes and goes, and doesn't start up every time I use my laptop. Another forum suggested I open up my laptop and clean the insides using compressed air, because that could be causing the fan to act up. Do you suggest this? I feel a little apprehensive opening up my laptop, but if it's easy, I may do it. I also tried finding a company that would go ahead and do this for me, to my disbelief, I can't locate one legit looking computer service center in my area (Boston). Any suggestions on that front? And lastly, back to the blackbook. I had a nightmare situation the past 6 months with my Linksys router (the one with speedbooster, what a piece of junk. inconsistent connections galore). Anyways, I just purchased a D Link Extreme N router. I was told it's a fantastic router and should even help my G network connection in the Dell. But I'm curious to test out an N network connection laptop, especially with my new router, so that would be one reason to get the blackbook. Also, I find the 15.4" 7lbs. inspiron to be a bit too heavy to carry around my home, hence another point for the blackbook. The only silver lining is that I'm not really in a financial situation to purchase a new laptop, unless my inspiron dies entirely/I can't fix it. I also don't want to sell my inspiron with hopes I can use it for m.word, as a backup laptop, and final draft, a screenwriting software. So that's my situation. Any words of advice would be appreciated. (Whether I should open and clean the inside of my Dell, where I could have it serviced in the Boston area, my thoughts about a blackbook). Cheers!