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Welcome to LQ. Please define "hot" -- what are the temperatures you're seeing? Laptops do run hotter than desktops due to their more restricted cooling capabilities, but usually the temperature is doesn't get much above the mid 40's C, or approx 115-120 F. As long as you're in that neighborhood, you're good -- J.W.
hey thanks for the replies. i dont have exact temperatures but the whole unit is much hotter than ususal. Running windows playing HL and CS Source (heavy 3d graphics) still cycles the fans and keeps the bottom decently cool. When i am running linux, the whole laptop will burn my legs doing normal tasks like simple word processing and aim chatting.
PS. I have been here a while. I used to be under a different name (redhatnoob).
it will be easier to suggest if you give some specs of your comp... to give thermal specs of your comp do: acpi -t
if the processor is intel i can see it getting hot as mine does also, so i suggest you get powernowd to reduce the clock frequency when your not doing a lot of work...
It really seems that your processor is not reducing it's clockrate as it should. I would also recommend using "powernowd", as it is simple and functions well. Simply installing it should do the trick. Other possibilities are "cpufreqd" and "cpudynd", but you might have to configure them manually to get good results.
If installing (and possibly configuring) one of those daemons does not help, or gives error messages, then try www.google.com/linux. Good keywords are "cpu frequency scaling" and the names of abovementioned daemons. That'll get you started.