An anonymous reader writes "Hi Chaps,
My HP laptop has decided to make my life a living hell thanks to shoddy manufacturing and some questionable NVIDIA cards. As such I'm looking for suggestions as to ways to circumvent the internal graphics card — are there external cards out there? Is there some smart way to cool the treacherous innards? I've tried replacing the drivers, updating the BIOS, and have messed around with cooling pads but it always ends in a graphical glitch, hard lock, and non-responsive screen. On a tangent — the only thing that gets the screen working again is to wrap the entire computer in a towel, let it overheat, then boot it up again immediatly (the Xbox solution essentially)...whats the logic behind that? Does a connection reattach when heated?"