I have just popped the case off of a hp pavilion dv2310us to replace its motherboard. It has an integrated graphics card (which I believe is toasted), between the graphics processor and hdd (130+ deg F).
The graphics processor has a nice blob of thermo past sitting there with no heat sink or heat pipe. Is this paste serving any purpose? Looks like the there is an open plane from the fan to the chip, and a few quarter inches punched out of the aluminum 'shield'.
Is this normal? is the paste serving a purpose?