Solve Overheating Issue And Get More Battery Life In Ubuntu 14.04

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.

This is a short tutorial. I suggest you to check this comprehensive guide to prevent laptop overheating in Linux. It has several tips you can use if your laptop gets hot frequently.

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 starting 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 14.04 and Ubuntu 15.10.

Update: You can now install Jupiter in Ubuntu 13.04 and Linux Mint 1 (not recommended to use Jupiter)

Install TLP to solve overheating in Ubuntu 14.04 and 15.10:

The same steps are applicable to other Ubuntu based Linux distributions such as Linux Mint 17 and elementary OS Freya.

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.

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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 14.04. Apart from that you can also follow best practices to improve laptop battery life.

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How to stop tlp?


sudo tlp stop

and then remove (if you want) using

sudo apt-get remove tlp tlp-rdw

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


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

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.

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


TLP and CPUFREQ should do the work.

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.

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 :)

Shiv Sahil Guleri

thanxxx dude... great help

Abhishek Prakash

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

Global Warming? LOL..

Abhishek Prakash

You are not alone ;)

Indeed, and no alternative to it.