I have a Lenovo Thinkpad x201 tablet with Ubuntu 11.04. When I run mathematica or stress, the laptop overheats and shuts down. I loose all my work.

I would think that turbo boost (for intel i7) turns on and doesn't turn off when the temperature is too hot. Anyway to manage that?

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    which version of ubuntu are you using?
    – fossfreedom
    Jul 24 '11 at 21:05
  • i edited the post. 11.04 Jul 24 '11 at 21:12

There is a bug-report on launchpad which fits your tablet/laptop observation problem.

Reading through this, there are several suggestions, for example

  • In your BIOS - make sure you are using the latest BIOS version (see the Vendor website for any updates
  • Also in your BIOS - look for "Advanced Thermal Management" - Set this to "Balanced" rather than "Maximum"
  • Look at installing the package "thinkfan" from the repositories - NOTE THE WARNING IN THE BUG REPORT - read the documentation first, as incorrect usage can cause serious damage
  • Take a close look at your fans - clean out any dust etc
  • may I know why the Thermal Management setting should be set to Balanced instead of Maximum? My ThinkPad is overheating too, and incidentally my setting is set to Maximum. Thank you.
    – onvas
    Aug 28 '12 at 6:22
  • balanced is the automatic setting used on battery - maximum is for AC. Thus forcing "balanced" makes the laptop use battery defaults which basically slows various settings to reduce power - and therefore prevents overheating
    – fossfreedom
    Aug 30 '12 at 22:29

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