Well time moves on and Compaq laptops are STILL overheating or get uncomfortably hot - too hot for anyone's lap. its now 2011 and my daughter and i each have a compaq laptop and hers closes off when it overheats whereas mine gets hot and hotter!!! It gets so hot i can't stand it on my lap anylonger so i tip it onto its side on the bed and lie down to watch programmes etc. Typing is do-able but difficult.
As for using it only on a hard surface - ITS SOLD AND BOUGHT (in good faith) AS A LAPTOP - if i wanted to use it on a hard top eg table or desk i would have bought a desktop PC. But when i want to use it on the train, in the cafe, park or backseat of the car a PC is heavy to carry!!!!
A Laptop should never head out to burn peoples legs!!
Compaq should seriously think a redesign of the fan, battery and charger system - cooling them down - (the charger gets hot too).