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Re: [Libreboot] X60 constantly overheating and shutting down.

From: Francesco Ariis
Subject: Re: [Libreboot] X60 constantly overheating and shutting down.
Date: Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:37 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.23 (2014-03-12)

On Sun, May 29, 2016 at 09:25:44PM +0000, bard wrote:
> I'm not sure if this is Libreboot related or not, but I don't know where
> else to ask. I have a Libreboot-ed X60 running Trisquel 7. I really don't
> do anything intense on it, 90% of the time I just have Icecat and a
> terminal open. Sometimes I run I2P, which does not take that much CPU
> according to the CPU monitor I put in the task bar. I am constantly
> monitoring it because I've become so paranoid of overheats. Regardless of
> how much I don't stress my CPU the X60 it still keeps overheating and
> shutting down. The bottom side, especially around where the speaker, RAM
> and heatsink are, get far too hot to touch without causing pain. This is
> becoming too much of a problem, I can't get any work done before it shuts
> down. Before that point my legs will start to get burned if the X60 is in
> my lap. I run a command every time I boot the system to set the fan stay on
> it's highest level, but even working at full speed it cannot dissipate the
> heat. I don't know what else to do. Can anybody here help me, please? Thank
> you for reading.

I sometimes have a similar problem, but the incidents are few and far
between and the surface/bottom of the machine are never "far too hot to
touch without causing pain".

As Albin suggested, maybe it's time to replace the thermal paste and
clean the insides of your machine from dust?

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