Since 12.04 my thinkpad (T60) regularly shuts down due to heat. I don’t like it and I am afraid of damage – to hard drives or to the system.
The problem is described in many places and many different fixes, remedies and work arounds exist. Most of them lack proper documentation, so I am reluctant to try them. Even thinkfan, which is quite popular, scares me more than it helps.
Here is a collection of relevant information I found:
- Bug report at launchpad
- Show temperatures of all sensors
- Show Speed of fan
- Thermal Sensors
- List of ways to control fan speeds at Thinkwiki.org
- Thread at askubuntu
- Howto at NeoLocus
- Howto at thinkwiki.de [in German]:
For now I went with #7 (thinkfan howto by Neolocus), and I do hear a substantial difference in fan activity – but I am still scared.