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I used to run Ubuntu 12.04 with Vmware on my macbook pro 13 inch (9,2). Yesterday I installed Ubuntu 13.04 with dual boot with rEFit. I started facing over heating problem while running Ubuntu even on very low loads (for example fetching mails through thunderbird). I installed macfanctld which solved the over heating problem but now the fans are making a lot of noise. They keep on running all the time on high speed. Can anyone tell me how to fix it ?


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I literally just went through this process and wished that I had documented it better to help others. I installed which seems to have helped a lot with the fan issues. I also changed some settings for power management which might have helped fan control indirectly (see Let me know if this helps at all, if not I can try and retrace my steps in a more detailed manner.

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Could you specify what tweaks you performed from the Wiki? – papukaija Jun 7 '13 at 23:24
I performed all of the "enable" steps (you'll have to add them all to the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT line). I did not toy with "Enable Aggressive Link Power Management" as the authors highlighted out the potential for data loss. Does this help? I also disabled bluetooth. – user164839 Jun 9 '13 at 0:55
Thanks for the details. By the way, there's a PPA for mbpfan at – papukaija Jun 9 '13 at 13:50
+1 to this answer, because I am biased towards it :-) @papukaija that ppa is for obtaining macfanctld (among other things). mbpfan is not on a ppa (as I am aware of). The only way to use it is to compile it from source. – dgraziotin Jul 31 '13 at 21:03

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