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I have a HP dv6-6180eg with an HD 6770m graphic chip. The driver for the ATI card works fine.

But I have some problems with the temperatur. Out of my fan comes mostly cool air and my CPUs are around 50 degrees. I am more concerned about my ATI card. Although I am not using it, it still warms up very quickly. I already deactivated the card via BIOS but still no improvement.

What can I do?

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how do you know it's the gfx card that seems to be hot and how can you tell the temperature? are you using any software to monitor the temperature? –  ericosg May 14 '12 at 14:48
    
Yes, with sensors –  nikercan May 15 '12 at 11:18
    
Ok, to be quite frank, I am guessing that this is the ATI chip, but the area left of my touchpad is very hot (also the surface) –  nikercan May 15 '12 at 11:21
    
Can I provide you with any particular information? @ericosg –  nikercan May 15 '12 at 14:15
    
Are you using lm-sensors? Are you getting precice readings for your gfx card? When you say you deactivated the card, what do you mean? Naturally you always use it if you can see stuff on your screen and heavy 3D usage would have it hotter. –  ericosg May 15 '12 at 14:17

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Install Jupiter:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/jupiter
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install jupiter

And then change it to power saving or power on demand mode. Works great for me and many others who have overheating CPU/GPU issues (I have a DV7).

If you're not willing to install things without knowing about them I'd suggest reading up about it on OmgUbuntu seeing as there have been many reviews of not only increased battery life for laptops but also reduced heat issues as is your case (you can monitor it yourself if not convinced by checking the temperatures you get in Power Saving mode, or Power on Demand mode)

Reading the description on the Jupiter website is a great idea as well as it gives you clear information on the way the applet works and how it could be of use to you.

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Make sure that your laptop is clean on the inside.

I also own a DV6 and notice that it gets hot when the fans are not performing well. Air circulation is vital, and fans must maintain good speeds.

Try see if you can clean it a bit without opening it up. I use compressed air blowing in key locations so that the dust/dirt can come out, while holding the fan blades as not to cause them to spin and create voltage that might interfere with the motherboard.

Naturally, while off.

If this yields results then perhaps you are due for a better cleaning in the future and avoiding dusty areas for your laptop to suck up.

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Thank you! I already did that several times... Can't there be any other solution? You didn't experience any problems with your dv6? –  nikercan May 15 '12 at 15:07
    
unfortunately none that i know of. Try other sensors and other sensing software maybe. Bootable CDs with their own monitoring tools (i.e. Hiren's) can perhaps show a more reliable measurement, or BIOS monitoring. –  ericosg May 15 '12 at 15:11
    
Ok, I will try some of those. Thanks for your kind help, appreciate it! –  nikercan May 15 '12 at 15:19

If I am not mistaken, DV6 uses similar integrated ALU like my ASUS K53T, on my system with amd drivers installed, both the CPU and the GPU hover around the same temps, usually 45C and 65C max under sustained load.

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I've had the same issues with heat on my DV6 , and found a simple but perhaps not awesome solution.

Logging in using "Ubuntu 2D", i.e. disabling Composite effects and such. Computer is fully usable but with fewer graphic goodies.

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