Here below is an all-too typical response to another respondent's similar problem last year (mine differs in that the fan doesn't run at all)
Re: Mint 6 - Still Cooking Laptop CPU's
Postby ***** on Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:48 pmwrote:I'm frustrated! I just installed Mint 6. Just like Ubiuntu Intrepid and its predecessors, the problem persists that is my #1 biggest complaint. I hear the sound of a fan running wide open to cool an already overheating laptop - and I just rebooted it from a cold start install!
When oh when will Ubuntu-Mint-etc prioritize the endlessly running wide open cpu problem on laptops? I will not come near a distro that cooks my laptop. There are a zillion posts on this and ubuntu's forums about this major showkiller bug. But it persists and persists release after release and never gets addressed.
Powernowd and it's friends in the repo are installed by default but are useless. I've seen no solutions offered in the forums that make a dent in this problem.
Note: It's not dust - rpm distros work perfectly with laptops. CPU throttling works fine on them.
Let me be clear: Mint is terrific and is my fav............... for my destkop. Maybe this can be solved by someone so laptops can use it too.
Is there any hope of solving this probem?
I cannot address your problem, as I did not even realize this problem existed until just now! Saying "laptops" is a bit of a blanket statement dont you think? I have Mint 5 and 6 running on several laptops both Intel and AMD and it runs just fine. No overheating, no fans going crazy...Everything normal here.
I am not saying you do not have a problem, one must obviously exist. But maybe you are stuck using a different distro? Does debian exhibit the same problem? Ubuntu does strange things to the kernel sometimes, maybe try the mint 6 debian release? If not then why waste time, just learn Fedora or Slack or something that will work.
By the way, I'm another Ubuntu-Linux user with that laptop-burning problem. I am new to Linux Mint, but have tried a few distros in the past year - Mandriva, Fedora, Mepis, DreamLinux, PCLinux, Ubuntu.
Now, it's another distro release since the above post, and my laptop just got so hot I could smell the plastic burning, and I'm impressed that I was able to power it up again (safe from a literal meltdown, but not happy, in Windows). Obviously the problem with Ubuntu and laptops isn't that rare, as I was able to find and install Powernow earlier this week. It seemed to work for the remaining session after it was installed, but it's just now I found out that more settings must be tweaked before I can expect it to run at startup (lol). So, PLEASE try and fix this problem with the next release - is it really too much to include a fix like Powernow working whenever Mint does? How could it not be better than sending users away? Until Mint takes care of this, maybe there could be a Powernow or other-solutions tutorial for this problem in the sticky zone.
Thanks for your consideration.