Overheating on Vostro 1310 (Mint 14)

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Overheating on Vostro 1310 (Mint 14)

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Hi,

I've been using Mint for the past year and have been experiencing some overheating issues on laptop (netbook is working just fine), which is a Dell Vostro 1310, running Mint 14 xfce: it used to run at really high temps, around 70 for the CPU and 80 for the GPU.

Then I found a very useful tip on the forum here (http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=117589): simply editing
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="acpi_osi=Linux"
dropped the temp to 60 CPU and 70 GPU, which is a great improvement but still, I'd like to make it drop a little more (not sure but 60 on the CPU seems too high to me).

Moreover, since the output from sensors did not give any info on fans, I installed i8k following this guide (http://askubuntu.com/questions/281478/f ... -installed).

Sudo pwmconfig, though, still gives this output:
/usr/sbin/pwmconfig: There are no pwm-capable sensor modules installed
Now I've got a tab on the panel that apparently enables to configure the rate at which fans work, ranging from 'conservative', 'ondemand', to 'powersave', but I'm not sure its working and I am not sure I havent messed it up by editing i8k.config as in the guide above.

inxi -Fx:

System: Host: -Vostro1310 Kernel: 3.5.0-17-generic i686 (32 bit, gcc: 4.7.2)
Desktop: Xfce 4.10.0 (Gtk 2.24.13) Distro: Linux Mint 14 Nadia
Machine: System: Dell product: Vostro1310 version: Null
Mobo: Dell model: 0G930C Bios: Dell version: A13 date: 10/09/2008
CPU: Dual core Intel Core2 Duo CPU T5670 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 ssse3) bmips: 7181.28
Clock Speeds: 1: 800.00 MHz 2: 800.00 MHz
Graphics: Card: NVIDIA G86 [GeForce 8400M GS] bus-ID: 01:00.0
X.Org: 1.13.0 drivers: (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) FAILED: nouveau Resolution: 1280x800@60.0hz
GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on NV86 GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 9.0.3 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card: Intel 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 Sound: ALSA ver: 1.0.25
Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller
driver: r8169 ver: 2.3LK-NAPI port: 6000 bus-ID: 07:00.0
IF: eth0 state: down mac: 00:21:70:e8:6e:a8
Card-2: Broadcom BCM4321 802.11a/b/g/n driver: b43-pci-bridge bus-ID: 06:00.0
IF: wlan0 state: up mac: 00:24:2b:7e:47:80
Drives: HDD Total Size: 160.0GB (8.0% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: Hitachi_HTS54321 size: 160.0GB temp: 41C
Partition: ID: / size: 19G used: 12G (69%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 1.00GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID: No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 56.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 69.0
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 135 Uptime: 24 min Memory: 581.3/2015.8MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.7.2 Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.4
Any hint would be very much appreciated, thanks!
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Re: Overheating on Vostro 1310 (Mint 14)

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Please install the NVIDIA graphics driver from the Drivers tab of the Software Sources program (Mint 14; for other Mints it is found at a different place).

A temperature of 60°C will not damage the CPU, nor will 70°C do any harm to a modern GPU. But since it is possible that the computer gets hotter under load I would indeed try to lower the temperatures.
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Re: Overheating on Vostro 1310 (Mint 14)

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AlbertP wrote:Please install the NVIDIA graphics driver from the Drivers tab of the Software Sources program (Mint 14; for other Mints it is found at a different place).

A temperature of 60°C will not damage the CPU, nor will 70°C do any harm to a modern GPU. But since it is possible that the computer gets hotter under load I would indeed try to lower the temperatures.
Thanks for the reply; there are three optional non experimental sources (nvidia-current, nvidia-173, nvidia-current-updates), would it make any difference choosing any among these?
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Re: Overheating on Vostro 1310 (Mint 14)

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newbie36 wrote:
AlbertP wrote:Please install the NVIDIA graphics driver from the Drivers tab of the Software Sources program (Mint 14; for other Mints it is found at a different place).

A temperature of 60°C will not damage the CPU, nor will 70°C do any harm to a modern GPU. But since it is possible that the computer gets hotter under load I would indeed try to lower the temperatures.
Thanks for the reply; there are three optional non experimental sources (nvidia-current, nvidia-173, nvidia-current-updates), would it make any difference choosing any among these?
So, I have updated to nvidia-current drivers, but now sensors doesn't give me the GPU temp anymore, and temp has not dropped at all. Should I try another driver source?
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Re: Overheating on Vostro 1310 (Mint 14)

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With the NVIDIA driver you have to get your temperatures elsewhere. GPU temp in sensors is only available with nouveau (default driver).

But you can use the NVIDIA X Server Settings program or "inxi -s" in terminal to monitor temperature.

Is the laptop also as hot in Windows? Then it probably needs to be cleaned inside.
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Re: Overheating on Vostro 1310 (Mint 14)

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You may want to make sure you have the latest BIOS, which is A15, especially if the BIOS is older than A!0 as BIOS A10 and newer have improved thermal control.
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