Elementary OS – Luna – Laptop Running Hot

I’ve found that my laptop is now running hot much hotter than it used to, for example whilst sitting idle today whilst I was in a meeting the temperature shot up to 75 degrees Centigrade. Right now it is running at 62 Degrees with my web browser open.

As you can see in the image below it hit a peak of 75 degrees shortly after I tuned it on this evening, I have psensors set to record every minute for 48 hours.
Screenshot from 2013-12-17 23:07:46

After some digging around I’m going to try the solution I found at its foss locatedĀ here. It’s referring to 13.04 however the repository also has ports for 12.04 so I’m going to give it a try and will update this post. I’ll be leaving the laptop on over night running Steam in wine as it downloads some of the large games that I recently accidentally wiped during my change to Elementary OS. So I’m looking to see the reduction in temperature if any.


I didn’t get any real temperature reduction, as TLP probably works better when running on battery: Plus it’s not that customisable. What I really need is the cpufreq applet which regrettably doesn’t really work on Elementary. The app works but you can’t see an icon on the top menu bar but it shows when you pass over it. I would like to get this to work on Elementary. I suppose it’s time to get my coding skills up to scratch.




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