CPU throttling, over heating and FAN noise, why GNOME apps works better than Cinnamon's?

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rasca
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CPU throttling, over heating and FAN noise, why GNOME apps works better than Cinnamon's?

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Hi everyone,
while using latest kind of Lenovo or DELL notebooks, the loved/hated ones with double NVidia/Intel GPU and Intel Core i CPU of at least the second Generation (2xxx Model Number), one problem comes easily for each user: CPU throttling, over heating and FAN noise. This is a huge problem that affects all of these "modern" laptop meant for big loads (for which "lifting fans" are somehow expected) but also for everyday work.
If we look at Ubuntu 20.04/GNOME there are ways to mitigate this problem by using applications that manage for the user the CPU profile, just to cite two of them: Each one is a GNOME Extension that can be loaded directly into the environment and they manage everything you need to keep things quiet: the frequency, the turbo boost and so on.
Problem is that none of these is usable in Cinnamon. Even if you take cpufreq (https://github.com/konkor/cpufreq/), it can be installed as a "standalone" application (so not an extension), but it basically doesn't affect the environment, you always get a very hot laptop with a never ending FANs on and FANs off events.
For Cinnamon there's just one (old) applet, https://community.linuxmint.com/softwar ... or-cpufreq, but it is far from being useful, like managing correctly the intel_pstate kernel module.
So, are there users that solved this problems with success in Cinnamon?
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Re: CPU throttling, over heating and FAN noise, why GNOME apps works better than Cinnamon's?

Post by erginemr »

Hi,

Not an applet, but I will suggest you to install tlp & thermald, which are services that run in the background and keep cpu heat in check. These are install and forget type utilities. To install these two, you can refer to this web page:
https://itsfoss.com/reduce-overheating-laptops-linux/

And to monitor the temperature, you can use psensors as GUI or sensors (part of lm-sensors) as CLI. Instructions on how to install psensors are also on the same site.
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