My laptop is overheating almost 90 degrees. This doesn't seem normal with only a browser running.

I used an answer by Bernard Wei to find out what was triggering my overheating problem

Try running powertop to see which is the offending app.

sudo apt-get install powertop
sudo powertop

Power is consumed much more when I play a video in a browser. This doesn't happen when I play a video in VLC or Krita or GIMP or netbeans xampp etc.

Why is this happening and what can I do about it?

  • Go to system monitor and find the process with high cpu usage. – Basil K Y Jul 12 '18 at 16:21
  • Thank you, Basil K Y, that was the first thing I've done. More over heating comes when browsers are used (Mozzilla, Chromium) other high load apps do not cause the same effect. 4Example VLC or Krita or GIMP or netbeans xampp etc. – MaxKhodonin Jul 12 '18 at 16:34
  • I suggest adding this comment to your question. You can edit it. – Pilot6 Jul 13 '18 at 14:40
  • I voted to reopen the question. – Pilot6 Jul 14 '18 at 16:17
  • What's your computer's graphics adapter and graphics adapter driver? Could you please edit your question to include the output of the terminal command lsb_release -a, uname -a, and lspci -nnk | awk -v n='[0300]' 'p&&/^\S/{p=0}!p{p=index($0,n)}p'? Thanks. – David Foerster Jul 14 '18 at 18:13

The problem is that browsers don't support hardware video decoding on Linux, but other players, like VLC, do.

That's why when you are playing video in a browser, it requires more CPU power and more heat is generated.

You can enable hardware video decode in some browsers, but it is not guaranteed to work smoothly on Linux.

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  • Thank you Pilot6 can it cause that significant load difference? Like 80-85% between when I only play video in browser higher than I edit the same video for example in audacity ? – MaxKhodonin Jul 14 '18 at 15:54
  • Yes, it can. It depends on video resolution. – Pilot6 Jul 14 '18 at 16:14
  • @MaxKhodonin Instead of writing "solved" in the title accept the answer by clicking the check sign at the left. It will accept the answer. – Pilot6 Jul 14 '18 at 16:20

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