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I bought a Toshiba Satellite L855-12R several months ago and started playing Assassin's Creed. Whenever I play this game or any other game, it starts to overheat. I tried restarting the computer several times but it has not helped. Could this be due to a virus or another problem?

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Which version of Ubuntu are you using? Which graphics card does the laptop have? Please update your question, by editing it. – user68186 Jul 16 '13 at 15:10
Unless you have a dedicated gaming computer with a very high quality GPU, you will likely encounter overheating when playing a game like Assassin's Creed. – sameetandpotatoes Jul 16 '13 at 15:10
It could be that built-in cooler inside your notebook has a product-failure and is not working properly ? You have warranty, ... then send it in to Toshiba to be checked. – dschinn1001 Jul 16 '13 at 15:19

if you have Windows, just use a cooler, or maybe your laptop simply have physical issue if you have Ubuntu try to use ATI's drivers, in system settings you have special category for that

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