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I've got Sony Vaio laptop and my fan is on all the time, though the temperature on the video-adapter is always over 60°С.

As I've googled, vaiofand does not support VPC-EA series.

Is there anything I can do with that or I need another laptop?

I'm using the following graphics card: 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Manhattan [Mobility Radeon HD 5000 Series] though the problem is not with the graphics card.

I've mentioned its temperature as the highest (64°C now btw). Seems like the notebook is always overheated and I cannot control the fan speed to make it cooler. And yes, I'm using the proprietary driver ATI/AMD FGLRX graphics driver.

I'm using Kubuntu 11.04.

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Hi and welcome to AskUbuntu - what version of ubuntu are you using (edit your reply into your question). What is your graphics card (lspci | grep VGA) and are you using any additional graphics drivers in Additional Drivers - if so what is it? –  fossfreedom Aug 29 '11 at 21:01
    
Hi, I'm using the following graphics card: 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Manhattan [Mobility Radeon HD 5000 Series] though the problem is not with the graphics card. I've mentioned its temperature as the highest (64°C now btw). Seems like the notebook is always overheated and I cannot control the fan speed to make it cooler. And yes, I'm using the proprietary driver ATI/AMD FGLRX graphics driver –  Xobb Aug 29 '11 at 21:08
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@Xobb - Thanks - please try to edit replies back into your question. What version of Ubuntu are you using e.g. ubuntu 11.04, Kubuntu 10.04 etc? –  fossfreedom Aug 29 '11 at 21:18
    
Thanks, I'm new to this design so I was a bit confused. But already got it. Updated the post. Is there anything else I may provide about the system? –  Xobb Aug 29 '11 at 21:21
    
I won't add this as an answer just yet - this guy here installed the very latest graphics drivers and it reduced the fan speed noise - maybe worth a try? ccgi.philfam.co.uk/wordpress/2011/07/11/66 –  fossfreedom Aug 29 '11 at 21:28
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Try the very latest AMD graphics drivers:

In the download drivers section, select "Notebook Graphics/Radeon HD Series/MobilityRadeon HD 5xxxSeries//Linux X86"

Download the file and run it:

sh ati-driver-installer-11-6-x86.x86_64.run

aticonfig --initial -f

This should help the temperature of the graphics card and hopefully reduce the overall laptop fan noise.

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Please note, this was absolutely valid for the 11.04, but when trying to make it work on 11.10 it fails. If you've tried that and afterwards you get your X server not running properly (black screen when the gdm/kdm should apper) go to rescue mode and launch sh /usr/share/ati/fglx_uninstall.sh to remove the driver. –  Xobb Nov 4 '11 at 12:13
    
The driver has been updated since, now it works fine. –  Xobb Dec 16 '11 at 14:00
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Go to Control Center → Power Management → VAIO Power Management Viewer → Power Plan - Power Saver → Apply

The fan slows down, it takes about 30 seconds for the fan to slowly wind down but it it much quieter. It works.

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Is this for Kubuntu? Your instructions sound like they are meant for pre-installed Windows... –  WarriorIng64 Nov 27 '11 at 3:32
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