[PlanetCCRMA] another nvidia driver problem

Dale Kazakore Powell dj_kaza at hotmail.com
Wed Mar 25 22:03:22 PDT 2015

On 26/03/15 00:25, Fernando Lopez-Lezcano wrote:
> On 03/21/2015 07:52 PM, Dale Kazakore Powell wrote:
>> On 22/03/15 07:47, Fernando Lopez-Lezcano wrote:
>> Is it worth it? I don't know. In any case, it properly turns off the
>> NVidia GPU when not used, so the battery life should be much better.
>> Actually the older rt kernels I'm running as I type this on fc20 do not
>> turn it ON at all, and that is why the temperature of the hand rest to
>> the left of the trackpad was cool with those kernels.
>> Really I should quote from the earlier message about the hot section 
>> to the left of the trackpad but I deleted it yesterday...
>> Not directly related but I have a Lenovo X230, which as far as I can 
>> tell only has the inbuilt i5 Intel graphics (unless I'm mistaken.) I 
>> have always found the temperature to the left of the trackpad, above 
>> the ExpressCard slot, get very hot at times (too hot to keep your 
>> hand on at extremes.) It has never seems to rely on anything, such as 
>> software running or load present, but seems to be fairly random.
>> Being right above the Expresscard and not far away from the fan 
>> exhaust and assumedly the GPU I have always assumed the heat is 
>> coming from the North Bridge but never managed to find any reason why 
>> it might be going into overdrive at point (running Top or Task 
>> Manager at these times never gave any pointers.)
>> Just mentioning this as both laptops are Lenovo and heat is coming 
>> from the same area so it might be related. Sure power going to any 
>> secondary, unused device in your system should help your personal 
>> case anyway, even if it's not the soul/main cause of the heat. :)
> Thanks, if you look at - for example - this page:
> http://www.laptopultra.com/guide/how-to-disassemble-lenovo-thinkpad-w540-to-remove-keyboard-and-clean-cooling-fan/ 
> you will see two heat pipes going to the fan assembly, one coming from 
> the left (as viewed in the picture), that one is the processor, and 
> one coming from the bottom right (which is the left hand side of the 
> trackpad) and that one is, I presume, the video chipset.
> Something similar can be seen here for your model:
> http://www.myfixguide.com/manual/lenovo-thinkpad-x230-disassembly-clean-cooling-fan-remove-keyboard/ 
> Looks like there is only one set of heat pipes going to the processor 
> (no separate high power video chipset) and the location suggests that 
> is the source of the heat you mention.
> -- Fernando
Looking at both of those pages and I'm a little surprised how far away 
the heat pipes (and in the case of the W540 also the additional 
heatsink) terminate from the area when the heat is felt. Looks more like 
the heat should be centralised under the lefthand Ctrl or Super (Doze) key.

It also mentions CPU and GPU for the X230 but every review etc I can 
find only mentions it using the integrated CPU graphics so that seems 

But thanks for searching and linking your finding. Rather different 
designs in all by the looks of them so whatever my fault was it's 
probably not related in anyway.

How I think about it I can't remember the last time it got worryingly 
hot. Possibly even not since I migrated to Ubuntu Studio 14.04 (from 
12.04, which I moved to from PlanetCCRMA I can't remember when but have 
stayed on the list) some point around 14.07. Previously I would 
encounter random moments where it got worryingly hot for no reason at 
some point on most days...

But going very offtopic now, especially as this is on your list and not 
on LAU ;-)


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