01-06-2013 10:48 AM
This post is regarding an overheating issue with my Lenovo t430u. This is a new laptop that came pre-installed with Windows 8 and I have dual booted Ubuntu 12.04 on it.
The issue is when I leave Ubuntu on without any activity (except say top running), the screen locks out as usual. In about 20 minutes, the right half of the laptop (especially under the keyboard) heats up significantly. I checked that the fans were not running immediately after I activated the screen. I initially read this post
and tried to check if the issue was with my wireless card. So I turned off the wireless and the problem persisted. I am not an expert in Linux but I have survived using the different online communities over the last two years. It would be great if someone could suggest a solution!
This is my first thinkpad + ubuntu experience. If there are some general tips to improve heat issue, power management etc that I should take care of to improve my experience, please suggest them as well.
Once again a big warm thanks to all the volunteer posters on this forum, who have made many of our (read non-experts) lives easier.
01-08-2013 10:21 AM - edited 01-08-2013 10:22 AM
This issue is common among thinkpads running Debian systems. I found twol inks which might help you out....
Also do try the thinkfan package and see if it helps
03-31-2013 10:08 AM
I have stopped using Ubuntu. This was not mainly because I could not fix the over heating issue, since the thinkfan package with a bit of tinkering did help that issue. My other stupid issue was that I could not get skype to work on Ubuntu. Moreover I did not have a lot of time to spend on getting it to work. Hence I have bitten the bullet for now and I am using Windows 8. But, I still notice a particular over heating issue..When I run Skype on Windows 8 it seems to overheat. I suspect T430u has some graphics card heating up issues.
So my advice- If you have some time and experience with Ubuntu or any debian distro please go ahead and buy T430u, otherwise if you want to use Linux on a thinkpad buy T430 or some older thinkpads. These older thinkpads are more suited and easier to adapt (due to the number of people using them) to Linux!