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thinklinux
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Thinkpad T430 gets significantly warm on Win 7 as well as Linux. How about a fellow T430 user ?

Hi,

 

Recently bought a T430 (Without Optimus).

 

All's good except the Laptop Temp.

 

The left Palm rest seems to get un usually warm, no matter what OS I am on. Its a dual boot by the way, Win 7 + Ubuntu 12.04.2.

 

With Ubuntu or CentOS or Scientific Linux, the laptop gets unusually warm...The temp monitoring utility (lm_sensors) says that its at about 45 C. I get the same temp reading on Win 7 too, but somehow, the laptop just feels more warm with Linux than Win 7.


As of right now, I am on Win 7 (for past 4-5) hours.....did some browsing, MS Sec Essentials did a full disk scan, I saw some youtube vids and was toying with some Perl Scripts, and the temp is at 45C, and the left palm rest is quite warm. Its warm enough that I have to stop typing every few minutes Smiley Sad

 

Has anyone else noticed this issue? Is there a work around to this issue?

 

Is there something I should worry about ?

 

Please let me know.

 

I installed the new updates a month ago. This problem though, has been there since a while.

 

I searched the forum and found that another user who had a similar issue was told to upgrade the BIOS from 1.6 something to 2.50. I am running at 2.52 as shown below.

 

BIOS
VendorLENOVO
ReleaseDate02-14-2013
BIOSG1ET92WW (2.52 )
SMBIOS
VersionLENOVO - 2520

Video card

Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000
Card memory2,112.00 MB
ProviderIntel Corporation
Card version9.17.10.2843 08-21-2012

Sound card

Realtek High Definition Audio
Driver providerRealtek
Driver version6.0.1.6710 08-21-2012

Intel(R) Display Audio

Driver providerIntel(R) Corporation
Driver version6.14.0.3097 06-19-2012

 

 

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Re: Thinkpad T430 gets significantly warm on Win 7 as well as Linux. How about a fellow T430 user ?

In my experience, Linux isn't as good with power management as Windows. 45 degrees sounds about right for a current-gen Intel processor due to Turbo Boost causing temperature spikes as you use your system normally.

As for the warm left palmrest, the hard drive sits under there, so maybe the drive just tends to produce more heat. Assuming you have a conventional hard drive, give it a defrag to reduce operating stress (and hence power consumption and heat output).

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thinklinux
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Re: Thinkpad T430 gets significantly warm on Win 7 as well as Linux. How about a fellow T430 user ?

Hi Colonel,

 

Thank you for the reply. However, I have noticed that Power Consumption in Linux is the same as that in Win 7.

 

With both, I get about 4 hours of battery time.

 

I will surely try defrag...Any further suggestions will also help.

 

 

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Re: Thinkpad T430 gets significantly warm on Win 7 as well as Linux. How about a fellow T430 user ?

I assume you have a 7200RPM drive?

W520: 2960XM, Q2000M @ 1091/1380, 32GB RAM, 500GB&750GB HDD & 500GB SSD, FHD&MB168B+
X61T: L7500, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, XGA screen, Ultrabase
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thinklinux
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Re: Thinkpad T430 gets significantly warm on Win 7 as well as Linux. How about a fellow T430 user ?

Hi,

 

Yes, thats right. Its not an SSD. Its the Hitachi Drive thats shipped along with the T430. 

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Re: Thinkpad T430 gets significantly warm on Win 7 as well as Linux. How about a fellow T430 user ?

>> The left Palm rest seems to get un usually warm, no matter what OS I am on.

   

>> Its not an SSD. Its the Hitachi Drive thats shipped along with the T430.


This is a common T430 problem reported by virtually all users: left palmrest gets very hot.

 

The source of the problem is the main drive bay is so small and enclosed that heat generated within it (by any mechanical HDD) cannot be properly ventilated and simply builds up.

 

No BIOS updates can fix this problem. Switching to a SSD may help somewhat, but the left palmrest area is still warmer than usual, definitely warmer than the right palmrest area.

agautam
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Re: Thinkpad T430 gets significantly warm on Win 7 as well as Linux. How about a fellow T430 user ?

Hi thinklinux,

I am also having a similar problem of left palm rest heating in T430. I bought it two months ago and immediately noticed the problem. Machine has been to service center number of times but no use. Have you found any solution to this issue? I need to type a lot for my work and if this problem is not solved, this laptop is useless to me.

 

Thanks

600X
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Re: Thinkpad T430 gets significantly warm on Win 7 as well as Linux. How about a fellow T430 user ?

The heat is created by the HDD. The 7200rpm Hitachi drive becomes very hot. I had one installed in my T60 for a while and the palmrest got uncomfortably warm. After switching to a SSD the palmrest stays cool all the time.

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T60 (LED FlexView), T61 (14" 4:3), X301, 600X (850MHz), A31p
agautam
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Re: Thinkpad T430 gets significantly warm on Win 7 as well as Linux. How about a fellow T430 user ?

Thanks for your quick reply. Can you suggest which SSD should I go for?
Thanks again for your help
600X
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Re: Thinkpad T430 gets significantly warm on Win 7 as well as Linux. How about a fellow T430 user ?

Any current SSD will be just fine. The Samsung 840 EVO or 840 Pro is a popular choice, as is the Crucial M500/M550 and MX100. Choose whatever suits your budget best.
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T60 (LED FlexView), T61 (14" 4:3), X301, 600X (850MHz), A31p

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