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    Phoronix: Thermal Issues Appear To Cause My ASUS Zenbook Linux Woes

    As I've expressed on Twitter and in a past article I've run into some tough times recently with the ASUS Zenbook UX301LAA ultrabook under Linux. ASUS wasn't of much help and after further system reboots, the issue appears to be heat-related with this Intel Haswell ultrabook...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTcwOTQ

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    Can't you use anything other than Ubuntu? Like c'mon.

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    • #3
      Install Windows on it. Reproduce the problem. Send it back to ASUS.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by HeavensRevenge View Post
        Can't you use anything other than Ubuntu? Like c'mon.
        I do... I routinely use Fedora, Debian, RHEL/CentOS/Scientific, and others. I started out with Mandrake. But for purposes of my main system, Ubuntu LTS releases get the job done, have been using it since Fedora Core became too unstable/unreliable in its earlier days, etc. It's not that Ubuntu is causing these thermal issues.
        Michael Larabel
        http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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        • #5
          You're using an ultrabook... of course it's going to have thermal issues... the only oddity is that you're indicating thermal issues while idling.

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          • #6
            On the desktop I have, gaming and stress testing wouldn't throw the CPU temp to the thermal limit I have set in BIOS, and all was well. However, three notable actions (one being installing MSI Afterburner, one being from patching anything using Blizzard's launcher (SC2, D3, and MoP), and the other running the math test in PerformanceTest 7) would cause the computer to shut off abruptly.

            Turns out, those three actions alone (not hours of gaming (mainly GW2 at the time) or 20 minutes worth of stress testing with prime95) would cause the temp on my CPU to quickly go past the thermal limit, and then drop quickly. No idea why, but that's the strangest issue I've had dealing with temps.

            Originally posted by HeavensRevenge View Post
            Can't you use anything other than Ubuntu? Like c'mon.
            Why?

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            • #7
              It looks like a hardware issue. It's not like Linux was never tested on an ultrabook to set a proper thermal limit.

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              • #8
                I would try to reproduce the issue with Windows because I guess it's an hardware issue.
                ## VGA ##
                AMD: X1950XTX, HD3870, HD5870
                Intel: GMA45, HD3000 (Core i5 2500K)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by darkbasic View Post
                  I would try to reproduce the issue with Windows because I guess it's an hardware issue.
                  No time / ability to play around with that when it's my main production system until I switch out the ultrabook/laptop.
                  Michael Larabel
                  http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                  • #10
                    lol

                    simply change the thermal paste, what its the new? first thing you need to do in all laptops if we want good temps, you people don't know nothing about hardware? your thermal paste it's burn, simply thing.... so much troble for nothing

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Michael View Post
                      No time / ability to play around with that when it's my main production system until I switch out the ultrabook/laptop.
                      If that's the case, then you don't have time to be troubleshooting your main production system either.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Michael View Post
                        No time / ability to play around with that when it's my main production system until I switch out the ultrabook/laptop.
                        Then just check system, home, or clean home, create new user ... maybe you have some corrupted files .

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                        • #13
                          Default fan profiles are often entirely inadequate. My thinkpad would routinely crack 90'C under moderate load because the BIOS would never spin the fans up sufficiently. It might be worth installing something like thinkfan (despite the name, it works fine on non-thinkpads, if you have a PWM for your fan). Just point it at a temperature sensor in /sys, and a fan PWM in /sys, and you should be good to go.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by rikkinho View Post
                            simply change the thermal paste, what its the new? first thing you need to do in all laptops if we want good temps, you people don't know nothing about hardware? your thermal paste it's burn, simply thing.... so much troble for nothing
                            For a system that is a few months old, changing the thermal paste is risky because it could provide ASUS with clear grounds to "void the warranty". I say that because I don't know of any laptop or ultrabook or similar device that is designed to be "user serviceable"; desktop systems, sure, but not laptops/ultrabooks and the like. Perhaps Michael can get away with it "being a member of the press and such", but then again, maybe not.

                            It is interesting that ASUS didn't give Michael the usual response they give to "Joe user" running Linux: "We don't support Linux."

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                            • #15
                              risky?

                              Originally posted by NotMine999 View Post
                              For a system that is a few months old, changing the thermal paste is risky because it could provide ASUS with clear grounds to "void the warranty". I say that because I don't know of any laptop or ultrabook or similar device that is designed to be "user serviceable"; desktop systems, sure, but not laptops/ultrabooks and the like. Perhaps Michael can get away with it "being a member of the press and such", but then again, maybe not.

                              It is interesting that ASUS didn't give Michael the usual response they give to "Joe user" running Linux: "We don't support Linux."
                              risky is using the default thermal paste in laptop, never see one in good shape from factory... this is my daily work ofc,... 90% of problems of "new" laptop is bad application of thermal paste by manufactures.

                              a good advice for michael, don't use thermald it fuck up your performance, battery life, with no gains at all in temps

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