Ubuntu 13.10 Laptop Overheat Problem. [Solution]

The days of summer has started here in my country and thus problems of laptop overheat are also growing with it. Overheating of laptop running on Ubuntu is quite common. I’ve had the same issue with CentOS as well. Previously in Ubuntu ( 13.04 or previous ), I used “Jupiter” to control my Laptop’s temperature, which worked like a charm. Absense of “Jupiter” during early install of 13.04 , made me realize how much of a life-saver “Jupiter” is. It was available for 13.04 in latter stages, but not available for 13.10 (Saucy).

Alternatives to Jupiter:

Now that the development of Jupiter has stopped, we are in need for something similar. Although, I have tried laptop-mode-tools, which worked will for me in CentOS, but not so much in Ubuntu. Then I learned about tlp. TLP is the best alternative there is to Jupiter, which works for 13.10 as well.

TLP usuage

Installing TLP:

To install TLP, first open your terminal (CTRL + ALT + ‘T’).

Then type in the following commands:

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

Removing TLP:

You can remove TLP with the following commands:

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

Using TLP:

TLP support various usuage, such as:

Usage: tlp start|true|bat|false|ac|usb|bayoff|discharge|setcharge|fullcharge|recalibrate|stat|diskid

You can simply start it forcefully using the command:

sudo tlp start


TLP has been a handy tool for me and many others. Though  I’ve read there are also people who haven’t had any luck with tlp, but must of them found it helpful.