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    Lightbulb Fan noise and over heating HP envy M6

    Hi everyone,

    I'm pretty new to unix but I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and my fan is constantly loud and my laptop is hot in the left portion next to the touchpad even when I've got nothing running.

    Laptop details:

    HP envy m6
    AMD A8-5550M
    Radeon HD 8550G Radeon HD 7500M/7600M Series dual graphics
    2 x 8Gb SODIMM DDR3 memory

    I've read there can be a problem with the dual graphics and the fan, but I'm not sure if this may be the problem

    Please help!!

    Thank!

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    Re: Fan noise and over heating HP envy M6

    Doing a search on that model & overheating does show related issues of overheating Ubuntu aside so perhaps it's not simply the OS? I'm inserting this link too in case it might be helpful.
    Good site to search for guides & how-tos.

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    Re: Fan noise and over heating HP envy M6

    Hi, Thanks for the reply.

    I am running it dual booted I never get this problem even while running a lot of processes and games on windows 8. So I thought that it was just a compatability issue with ubuntu

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    Re: Fan noise and over heating HP envy M6

    When you are in Ubuntu and hear the fans speed up you can open a terminal and type "top"
    That should show what processes are using the cpu. Is laptop-mode-tools installed on your system?
    Good site to search for guides & how-tos.

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    Re: Fan noise and over heating HP envy M6

    There are just a few processes at a few % when I checked with top. I checked for that programme but I don't think I have it. How can I install it? (Thanks for your patience!)

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    Re: Fan noise and over heating HP envy M6

    You can do a search in package manager or if you're comfortable in CLI (using a terminal) you can do "sudo apt-get install laptop-mode-tools".
    For more reference you can look at the guide here.
    I hope that helps. As far as patience goes-we're all learning all the time-hopefully.

    This is a little older but might be useful. Offering that because it's unclear, to me anyway, exactly how much heat your laptop is developing.
    Last edited by phidia; March 4th, 2014 at 10:58 PM. Reason: Provided lm sensors link
    Good site to search for guides & how-tos.

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    Re: Fan noise and over heating HP envy M6

    Most likely it's the dual graphics. I read that the graphics card may not switch to idle whenever it should. I don't know how to solve it though. Have you checked for any available proprietary drivers?

    Besides, what's in the left portion next to the touchpad? It's rather variable amongst machines. Also, because of thermal conductors build inside, the hotspots on the box may not correlate with hot components inside.

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    Re: Fan noise and over heating HP envy M6

    Thanks! I'll give it a try, see whats happening and post back.

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    Re: Fan noise and over heating HP envy M6

    Hi Impavidus,

    from looking at the manual, I think its the heat sync for the graphics card thats below it. I will search more into the dual graphics issues then!

    Thanks!

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    Re: Fan noise and over heating HP envy M6

    Hp envy m6 is terrible even with windows 8 my xgf has one and it constantly runs hot and overheats (and shutsdown)it's just not an OS problem. Some people underclock it to run cooler. However it could run maybe a bit more hot with ubuntu perhaps.

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