Solve Overheating Issue And Get More Battery Life In Ubuntu 13.04

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Laptop Overheating issue in Ubuntu 13.04

Overheating issues in laptops are a common issue. And since summer is here, using laptop in your lap will literally burn your balls (intended to male readers). I have used Jupiter to fix overheating issue in Ubuntu 12.10 and older versions. Jupiter was a real gem of an applet. Install it and set it to power saving mode and you could feel the magic. No blurring of fan, no burning sensation between your legs (this time intended for female readers, if there are any) as long as Jupiter was there holding the castle.

Jupiter is dead, any alternate to Jupiter?

But since the development of Jupiter has been stopped, the heat is on again. Earlier Ubuntu version can still use Jupiter but it is no longer supported in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail. The PPA from Webupd8 does not work any longer. And this is why I was looking for a suitable program that could fill the void left by Jupiter. During my search, I read some discussions about a command line tool TLP that could be used as an alternate to Jupiter in Ubuntu 13.04.

Update: You can now install Jupiter in Ubuntu 13.04 and Linux Mint 15

Install TLP to solve overheating in Ubuntu 13.04:

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and use the following commands to install TLP:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tlp tlp-rdw

You can use the following command to uninstall TLP, in case you don’t want to use it anymore:

sudo apt-get remove tlp
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:linrunner/tlp

How to use TLP to get better battery life:

Once you have installed TLP, it will be automatically started from next reboot. Though you can force start it right after the installation, without restarting, by using ‘sudo tlp start’ command. And afterwards you need to do, basically nothing. It is a full-fledged command line tool with lots of configuration option but you don’t really need to it. Install it and forget it. It will be doing its work in the background.

Does TLP really solve overheating and increases battery life?

Answer is subjected to user experience and vary according to what I have read in discussion. As far as my experience goes, it does reduce the temperature a bit and the blurring of fan occurs less frequently but it is not the same experience as Jupiter. I did not see any significant improvement in battery performance though. As we don’t have any other option, we have to take TLP as an alternate to Jupiter to solve overheating in Ubuntu 13.04. Apart from that you can also follow best practices to improve laptop battery life.

  • Shouvik Mukherjee

    I’d really miss Jupiter.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      You are not alone 😉

      • siyman

        Indeed, and no alternative to it.

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  • Marcus Gerhards

    Jupiter is back!
    Install Jupiter on 13.04:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jolicloud-team/ppa
    sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install jupiter

    and it works!
    enjoy :)

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Oh.. that saves us from Global Warming :P…. Thanks for the news.

      • dalihsusilo

        Global Warming? LOL..

    • Shiv Sahil Guleri

      thanxxx dude… great help

  • David Hutton

    So I take it they haven’t fixed the battery problem that ubuntu and most of linux distro is common for. This is why I’m sticking with Windows 8. I use to have Ubuntu on my netbook until it fried that battery.Now I have a laptop I don’t think I’ll be updating though sometimes I’m tempted.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      You can always dual boot it. Overheating of laptops are a common issue and Windows is not aloof to it. Though i have experienced it to be better than Ubuntu for my Dell Inspiron N4010.

  • Yellofoxx

    that won’t work with ubuntu 13.10 saucy salamander. Any Idea for an alternate applet?

    • Abhishek Prakash

      TLP and CPUFREQ should do the work.

  • Iván Balseiro García

    The answer to Overheating problems and power consumption on laptops is the following:

    This is a guide for Hybrid laptops and the codes are for Terminal (I recommend at least Ubuntu 13.10).

    For AMD/Intel , run this command in the terminal (uninstall other drivers first):

    sudo apt-get install fglrx fglrx-pxpress

    Then: sudo amdcccle and set the graphics to intel graphics :)

    For Nvidia (uninstall any other driver first):

    sudo apt-get install nvidia-319 nvidia-settings-319 nvidia-prime

    Then go to graphics settings and set the iGPU as active.

    For laptops:

    TLP helps laptop reduce the ammount of power consumed in a much more efficient way than any other:

    First: Uninstall laptop mode tools

    sudo apt-get remove laptop-mode-tools

    Then install:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install tlp tlp-rdw

    Finally start it:

    sudo tlp start

    With this, you will fix your broken packages that overheat Ubuntu and you will have about 2 hour extended battery life.

  • Scania

    Thanks a lot!!!

    • Abhishek Prakash


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  • unni

    How to stop tlp?

    • Abhishek Prakash

      sudo tlp stop

      and then remove (if you want) using

      sudo apt-get remove tlp tlp-rdw

      • unni

        I have tried that method but didn’t worked, After searching a while i found this method . in terminal type
        gksudo gedit /etc/default/tlp
        then change TLP_ENABLE=1 to TLP_ENABLE=0 and reboot the system.

        it worked for me

        • Abhishek Prakash

          Thanks for mentioning the work around. I hope it will be helpful for others.

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