Here's a picture of where I got before. Removed the service panel which gave access to the HDD, RAM, WLAN etc. and were able to remove the DVD-drive just fine. As you can see removing that panel doesn't give access to the cooling fan at the end of the copper heatsink tube and I don't see a way to easily get to the cpu either as the copper tube is laying on it and there doesn't appear to be a way to remove it without disassembling the whole notebook. Red circles show all the places that I've removed screws from. Still it doesn't appear to come off easily/cleanly and I don't like to force it since I'm not sure of the plastic clamp positions and which side I should pry open first and so on. And do you need to remove the keyboard first with this model? No clue. Would be no problem if it was my own computer, but it's a friends who I'm trying to help.
Have disassembled mainly HP laptops before and those have had different type of base to work with and have experience of reflowing motherboard components & (re)installing CPUs etc, but I'd just have to get my hands on those parts first.
Any clue how I should proceed?
Where to pry it open?
As I said, wouldn't want to force it open only to find myself not knowing how to put it back together again