I have installed Ubuntu 11.10 successfully and everything works perfectly except the fan, it is working constantly and it has nothing to do with the CPU because if I don't open any programs it will remain at high speed.

I figured it may be because of AMD/ATI, I tried different ways of installing it manually and even automatically via Ubuntu itself but never worked!

Is there a (basic if possible) way of fixing this? Maybe controlling the fan speed would do the trick.

  • Installed any ATI drivers? – Bruno Pereira Nov 27 '11 at 19:46
  • No I haven't been able to install it... I use Radeon HD 6490M and my Ubuntu is 64 bit. I tried to install it many times and had to reinstall Ubuntu after it was broken after installing the ATI config. Do you know a clear way to fix this? Thanks. – Nima Nov 27 '11 at 21:16
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    Nice I just found uptechtalk.com/?p=86 on your website. I will try this and let you know ... – Nima Nov 27 '11 at 21:22
  • Your card is really not officially supported be ATI drivers in linux, I strongly recommend not doing it. – Bruno Pereira Nov 27 '11 at 21:46
  • I already did and the Ubuntu became broken again, some errors appear on start-up and doesn't start the Ubuntu... does it mean my new laptop won't be working on Ubuntu at all? I am tired of using Win 7 ... do you recommend me to use other distributions ? Thanks again. – Nima Nov 27 '11 at 22:09

This is normal functioning for a laptop. Remember that the external temperature of the laptop is not necessarily a guide as to the temperature of the CPU, and naturally manufacturers are cautious when it comes to keeping the hardware cooled!


Are you using VmWare ? If so you are using more of the RAM then normal, it will take 1GB to run the OS image then if your using Win 7 at lest 2GB will need to be working just to keep that running

So it could be the RAM thats going over drive

  • Thanks for your answer. No I have installed it via Wubi. I have 4GB RAM and my ATI is Radeon HD 6490M. Thoughts? – Nima Nov 27 '11 at 12:31
  • if your using a wubi boot loader. and running one OS at a time.. it could come down to Where is your laptop can it get air into it at all times ? – david Nov 29 '11 at 1:26

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