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Overheating/Shutdown issue after Installing Ubuntu 12.04 ?

Postby csandeep on Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:13 am

Hello Everybody,


I am a Java guy and this is my first post here.Can anyone help me suggest a good Linux Distribution for my Dell Inspiron 15R(N5010) - 64 bit architecture ?
The reason for asking this is few days back I had a horrid time after installing Ubuntu 12.04 desktop(64-bit).It kept getting heated up
very quickly and eventually shutting down. :o I posted this in Dell and Ubuntu forums and possibly tried everything,but really nothing helped.
I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this question but am really in a fix.


Any help/suggestion/advice is appreciated. :)

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Overheating/Shutdown issue after Installing Ubuntu 12.04

Postby bigj231 on Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:46 am

What GPU and processor are in that laptop? The main editions of Mint are based on Ubuntu, so they will likely have the same issue. You can try for yourself to make sure though. You can try LMDE if you want a Debian-based system. Try a live session of Mint 14 too. It could just be an issue with Ubuntu 12.04/Mint 13.

If you want to fix your Ubuntu install, see if a single process is using an obscene amount of CPU time, and if one is, then kill it. I like to use the command line utility "top" for this.

Seeing how you're asking on a Mint forum, most of the replies will tell you to use Mint. Same thing would happen on the fedora forums or Gentoo forums, or Arch forums, etc.
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Re: Overheating/Shutdown issue after Installing Ubuntu 12.04

Postby csandeep on Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:27 pm

Thanks bigj231 for your suggestion.I have reverted back to Windows which I really don't like. :(

I want to set my laptop as a Java/JEE development environment.mostly work with Eclipse,Oracle/MySQL.
Can you please have a look and suggest if 32-bit Ubuntu 12.10 won;t have the same issue or not ? I am planning to download it.

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Re: Overheating/Shutdown issue after Installing Ubuntu 12.04

Postby bigj231 on Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:35 pm

Do you have hybrid Intel/ATI graphics? You will have problems with those, regardless of distribution. I don't think there is a solution anymore, unless you can turn the discrete card off in your BIOS. :(
If you can turn off the discrete card, and only use the graphics on the i5 chip, you will be fine and you won't need extra drivers. It should also fix your overheating issue. :D

EDIT: maybe there is a solution. Look twoard the bottom of this page: http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Ubuntu_Precise_Installation_Guide#Intel.2FATI_Hybrids
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Re: Overheating/Shutdown issue after Installing Ubuntu 12.04

Postby csandeep on Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:20 pm

Sorry,I did not get you.You mean I should try out 64 bit 12.04 again and once installation is complete,without rebooting,
I should try the following commands on terminal as mentioned in that link ???

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sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.orig
sudo amdconfig --initial -f
sudo amdconfig --input=/etc/X11/xorg.conf --tls=1
fglrxinfo
fgl_glxgears



And then a reboot ?? Please excuse my ignorance. :)
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Re: Overheating/Shutdown issue after Installing Ubuntu 12.04

Postby bigj231 on Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:18 pm

You can try 12.04 again if you want. If you uninstalled it, then try something else.
You would need to install the FGLRX driver, then try those commands if you use an ubuntu based distro.
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