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Almost every action I initiate, like opening the terminal or clicking a menu, makes the fan start spinning. That did not happen on Windows, for instance.

And it doesn't seem normal, so how can I make sure that my system is running fine? Can I somehow fix this abnormal fan function?

I'm running ubuntu 12.10 64-bit on a dell laptop.

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marked as duplicate by belacqua, Seth, Amith KK, hhlp, Eric Carvalho Feb 8 '13 at 10:51

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

Have a look here and here. Should be a good starting point. And of course, the usual advise applies: Have you made sure your fan is "clean" enough (dust etc.)?

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Mark Paskal Feb 8 '13 at 1:04
The fan is clean; on Windows this issue isn't happening. – terrific Feb 8 '13 at 7:45

try installing indicator-cpufreq

you can follow this post

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Didn't do anything in regards to the raging fan. – terrific Feb 8 '13 at 7:50

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