This is a difficult one to explain,
First off, the problem...
I have a new pavillion dm4, 3060ef beats audio(graphics card is amd 7470m). The fan is always on full- probably to keep up with the near nuclear temperature of the thing. I thought it was due somehow to Quantal Alpha/Beta mis-managing the fan, but I am now led to believe it's the opensource graphics drivers (xserver.xorg//ati). Strange but true.
I consider this some kind of bug, I will report it if you guys also agree.
I cant recall where I read about it being a driver issue, but I went imediately to the amd website and downloaded the latest drivers, including the beta ones. I built the package from the beta(12.9) first, then from the regular one(12.8). As many times as I tried it- same problem, also when I try it from the additional drivers window; the drivers dont work, it runs in low graphics mode, and I spend a day swearing at my Laptop trying to get back to the defaults...
But what I did notice is, when the ati drivers are installed, even though they dont work- the fan runs normally, quietly, and the laptop is about 20degrees or more cooler. It's tantalisingly wonderful.
So that is why I think this is a bug in the opensource drivers. I can't wait for potential updates! Who knows what damage this kind of temperature is doing to me internals?
Any help would be apreciated, if you think i should file a bug report please let me know.
Thanks a million.