Managed to solve the ticking case by flashing bios to 1.0G, only to find that now every time I start the bloody thing in a minute the fan speeds to full speed and stays there. It's really driving me up the walls, seems to happen after start and when room temperature is fairly low and load is low.
It's really annoying me, as it requires reboot and I can't really do those once I've got my work things open. Happens really often too. Tried different power managers, no change. Is there a way to rollback bios flash, I can live with fan ticking, but this - I don't know.
Really bothers me, I really like the bloody thing otherwise, but it's frustrating as hell.