I have been running Ubuntu 14.04 on my HP Pavilion dv6 for 2 and half years now. For the most part, it runs perfect, however recently I have discovered CPU monitors and have realized that my CPU is idling at around 27%-40% and if I am using Firefox, downloading/uploading, or using multiple applications at once it skyrockets to 50%-99% (and this is no joke).
I know that this particular model is famous for overheating. I have had this thing since 2011, and ran windows 7 on it before switching over to Ubuntu. But I have never considered my CPU being the deal.
It has discrete dual graphics cards, as well as two processors.
I will give my specs below
What I am really curious about is whether I should be running the current proprietary drivers and what I should do to cool down my CPU for my particular model? Or, if it is a lost cause.
Processor 2x AMD Turion(tm) II P540 Dual-Core Processor
Memory 5849MB (2674MB used)
Operating System Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS
User Name rin (Rin)
Date/Time Mon 07 Mar 2016 12:23:42 PM MST
Resolution 1366x768 pixels
OpenGL Renderer Gallium 0.4 on AMD RS880
X11 Vendor The X.Org Foundation
Audio Adapter HDA-Intel - HDA ATI SB
Audio Adapter HDA-Intel - HDA ATI HDMI
AT Translated Set 2 keyboard
SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad
ST LIS3LV02DL Accelerometer HDA ATI SB Front Headphone
HDA ATI SB Mic
HDA ATI HDMI HDMI/DP,pcm 3= HP WMI hotkeys
Printers No printers found
SCSI Disks ATA SAMSUNG HM500JJ hp CDDVDW TS-L633R
Operating System Version Kernel Linux 3.13.0-79-generic (x86_64) Compiled #123-Ubuntu SMP Fri Feb 19 14:27:58 UTC 2016 C Library Unknown Default C Compiler GNU C Compiler version 4.8.4 (Ubuntu 4.8.4-2ubuntu1~14.04.1) Distribution Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS