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I have a Dell Inspiron N5110 running on ubuntu 12.04 (but this problem was the same on 11.10 and 11.04 i just hoped that 2 versions later it would resolve) The temperature is at 78 deg Celsius right now (that with an external cooler on it) and on my Asus it's at 58 with the exact same programs opened (chrome and banshee). It can go as high as 90 and i;m getting worried for the hardware

My average load is 0.14 over 15 minutes so i;m basically doing nothing on it and it fires up

The heating issue is nonexistent on Windows

I updated my BIOS as I have read that might fix it but it didn't What would be the next step?

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closed as off topic by jrg Dec 31 '12 at 2:27

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This is a known issue on Dell systems, where the fan speed is inadequately controlled within Ubuntu. I have a similar situation with my Dell Latitude E6500, but the graphics card is the main problem (NVidia graphics card in a laptop that isnt designed for graphics :P)... i keep a cooling pad everywhere I go, though, but unless I"m running Minecraft or a VM simultaneously, I dont have the overheat problem. –  Thomas W. Feb 8 '12 at 21:06
    
So what would be your average temp ? –  andrei Feb 8 '12 at 21:31
    
average temp on here is 62C, which is still well in the normal range for laptop temperatures. when i'm pushing this thing, though, it can get up to 85C, 102C if i'm running more than one VM at once. But at 102C i coded in a force-shutdown on my system, so... –  Thomas W. Feb 8 '12 at 21:53
    
Try if this helps. help.ubuntu.com/community/HybridGraphics –  Mahesh Apr 15 '12 at 9:33
    
This question should instead be filed as a bug report, and as such is off-topic, thanks! Instructions on filing a bug report are here. –  RolandiXor Dec 30 '12 at 5:12

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