I just installed ubuntu 12.04 on my old Toshiba Satellite A75, completely replacing Windows XP. The good news is that ubuntu changed this laptop from a doorstop to a nice machine for software development. The bad news is that it may not be nice enough. While running "make" to build a version of Audacity, it shuts off suddenly and completely, as if I held the power button down. It boots back up OK, but I have to run "make clean" and start the make over again because of the partial .o files left by the shut-down. I thought this might be due to overheating, but I am not sure. It also happened when I was watching a YouTube video in full screen mode. I checked the power settings and the system is set not to hibernate due to inactivity. Any ideas out there? Thanks.


  • Looks like it shuts down when under load, which makes overheating plausible. Try watching the CPU temp. Here is the question to help you with it. Adding the hardware specs wouldn't be a bad idea as well. – mikewhatever Oct 26 '13 at 16:22
  • I use 'Psensor' to monitor temps on my new laptop. – Atari911 Oct 26 '13 at 17:06
  • Thanks, but my laptop apparently does not have the necessary sensors. – WARREN L KOONTZ Oct 27 '13 at 10:35

Clean the fans, when you do make, it puts load on CPU thereby increasing the heat. Also see if they have a BIOS update for your laptop.

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