Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I tried to use Ubuntu (12.10) on my MacBook Pro 8,2 but it wasnt possible to use because it was always very hot and in fact there wasn't fan control. The fans always turned the same speed and nothing what I installed and tried helped.

Now I want to buy a Lenovo Laptop and I hope there are not that problems.

  1. Has all Ubuntu Certified Hardware, in my example the Lenovo Laptops, a good working fan control and heat management?

  2. The IBM Thinkpad T41 is not Ubuntu Certified. But is there a correct fan control / heat management?

Thanks a lot!

share|improve this question
Do you have APCI installed? – earthmeLon Apr 11 '13 at 20:23

Ubuntu Certified Hardware pretty much guarantees a fully working machine, including proper fan management. I've never had Linux issues with a certified Lenovo, and if you do, Dell will help you solve the problem.

Fan control and heat management is usually support I find in all laptops as long as they are ACPI compliant. And according to this ArchLinux Wiki entry, the ThinkPad T41 has excellent ACPI support and supports nearly every function relating to it, including fan control and heat management.

That seems to be the least of any of the problems with using that laptop with Ubuntu. However, according to this AskUbuntu question, it appears it may not be fast enough for Ubuntu 12.10. I'd recommend sticking with 12.04 or Lubuntu for that one.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.