Hi i have a newly installed version of ubuntu 10.10 on my laptop. When i run windows, the fan is working properly and is not making sound. but when i run ubuntu, its making sound and is runnning more faster. what could be the problem. Is there any way of rectifying it.
If the fan is working at full speed, then something is wrong with the power saving features of the computer. This problem is hardware-specific, therefore you would need to provide details of the hardware components.
Indeed, one issue would be the graphics card, especially if it is either AMD/ATI or NVidia. The other issue would be the BIOS of the computer. More often than not, the BIOS does not have correct power saving information that is usable in Linux (while it is usable in Windows). You can google for 'DSDT ubuntu' for more on this.
Therefore, write down the full model number of your computer, and mention which graphics card you have.
Updated: You mention the model number in another reply. I performed the google search and I got several relevant results, such as http://kizwan.blogspot.com/2010/07/acer-aspire-3680-resources-for-mac-os-x.html The easiest thing to do is update the BIOS to the latest version and try again. If that does not fix the issue, come back again.
@Chandru1: Based on your model, I found this tutorial that is to enable Frequency Scaling on Celeron:
That may possibly fix your problem.
If not, try to check your laptop temperature:
which should not be that high (40~60). If it is low, try to slow down the fan manually (following the third link of the bottom) or change manually the frequency of the CPU (second link of the bottom). That may give you a hint.
If it doesn't work, try to install "xserver-xorg-video-intel" video driver as it may be a video related problem, as was suggested by DKuntz2.
Maybe these links can help you:
Knowing your laptop model could help to provide more specific solutions.
Based off my own experience my fans run in over drive when I don't have proper drivers installed (usually graphics). I would check to see if you have any restricted drivers you could install, and if you do, install them. If you don't, I would check up on your manufacturer's website, find out what kind of graphics card you have and see if you need a driver for it.
I've never had a problem with my CPU causing the fans to go over drive.