Originally Posted by T3slider
I recently had an experience with an HP laptop with the fan set (from the BIOS) to spin at full speed (and from the sound it seemed like it was) and it still died a horrible death despite propping up the laptop so the bottom was not touching the desk, with plenty of air flow. Some laptops just aren't meant to run at 100% CPU frequency for any extended period of time. It was only once I used the ondemand governor to control CPU frequency scaling that it wouldn't overheat. This unfortunately is not available on the install CD/DVD. You can blame the manufacturer for the problem but it would be nice if there was a workaround included with Slackware's installation, but there isn't unless I am mistaken.
I have a heat issue, the k8 module, and a HP laptop and I had and solved exactly the same issue. It was in the kernel. The very original slamd64-12.2 kernel did it. When I solved it, I exchanged mail with Fred Emmot and urged him to fork from slackware (32 bit only at the time) on the kernel. He did. The current slamd kernel is good.
On my thing, air enters the front and exits the left side, it is the front that is likely to be blocked more than the side