Linux/Unix

Solution for Overheating issue in Ubuntu 14.04 Laptop

Ubuntu HeatOne of the major difference that Windows users find while switching to Ubuntu will be the overheating issue. The CPU and Graphic card temperature will almost reach 60 degree celsius even when the laptop is idle. And some users will also find reduced Battery Backup in Ubuntu.

There was a tool known as Jupiter that would save power and also solve overheating issue but the project is closed now.

Here is an alternative to Jupiter known as TLP, which does a great job by switching to battery mode and reducing temperature of CPU and Graphics card. Once you install this tool, you will find a difference of 10 degree celsius in temperature.

To install in Ubuntu, open Terminal

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tlp tlp-rdw

Start TLP in battery mode using this command

sudo tlp bat

In few seconds there will be huge fall in temperature in both CPU and Graphics card.

You can get better results by editing the TLP configuration file.

cd /etc/default/

sudo vi tlp

TLP configFind a line named “#CPU_SCALING_GOVERNOR_ON_BAT=ondemand

Remove the # before the word CPU and replace ondemand with powersave

Save the configuration file and restart TLP

sudo /etc/init.d/tlp restart

Switch to Battery mode

sudo tlp bat

This will reduce power consumed by CPU and also reduce temperature at a huge rate.