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Aug
15
comment Laptop running ~30° hotter than normal; CPU/Load is reportedly normal. What could cause this and how can I diagnose it?
@jmathew that's not a bad idea. I think it's reasonable to assume it might be a hardware issue. It already dual boots to windows, actually. The trick will be, as you say, waiting around for it to happen. The problem won't arise for days sometimes (it hasn't happened in 2 days now, on linux). As this is my work machine, it'll take some doing to get things rearranged to work somewhere else and monitor this. If nothing ends up coming from this bounty then that's what I'll have to do.
Aug
13
comment Laptop running ~30° hotter than normal; CPU/Load is reportedly normal. What could cause this and how can I diagnose it?
@xx4h 3.9.9-1-ARCH and no I have not tried to up/downgrade, however, this issue has been a problem for me through several kernel updates. I'll look into pcie_aspm. My problem with such advice, as my issue is intermittent and not reproducible, is that it's impossible for me to really tell if a fix is working without waiting indefinitely to see if the problem comes back. It would be great if there was some place to start looking for irregularities in log files, etc.
Aug
13
comment Laptop running ~30° hotter than normal; CPU/Load is reportedly normal. What could cause this and how can I diagnose it?
No, the problem still exists unchanged. I'm sitting here right now at 42 degrees. When my heat condition occurs I'll be running the same processes, the ambient will be equivalent, nothing ostensibly will have changed, but my temp will rise from a consistent 42 to a consistent 75+. I can cool it down: put it on a laptop cooler, disengage the fancontrol allowing to to spin at 6500 RPM, etc. But if I stop, it'll heat right back up to 75+. The fan at max speed is only slightly faster than it was going anyway. Fixing it was a good thing, but not a solution to the underlying problem.
Aug
12
comment Laptop running ~30° hotter than normal; CPU/Load is reportedly normal. What could cause this and how can I diagnose it?
I just installed thinkfan. Thanks for the heads up on that. Yeah the detailed arch wiki is a great perk of the distro. I've been there a thousand times but I never stumbled across or thought to look for a page dedicated to my exact model, and had never seen thinkfan mentioned. Nice little script. That being said, this doesn't solve my actual problem: how do I diagnose the cause of my unusually high temp? Even if I disengaged the fancontrol and cut the thing loose at max RPM, it's only putting a bandaid on the real issue of the mystery heat.
Aug
11
comment Laptop running ~30° hotter than normal; CPU/Load is reportedly normal. What could cause this and how can I diagnose it?
You're right that my fancontrol is working poorly, if at all. I'll look into getting it to respond properly, but fixing it isn't going to solve the underlying cause. I could let the thing loose at max 6400ish rpms all day and cool down a bit but its the cause that I'm trying to address.
Aug
10
comment Laptop running ~30° hotter than normal; CPU/Load is reportedly normal. What could cause this and how can I diagnose it?
@braiam nope, killing the xserver didn't solve it
Aug
10
comment Laptop running ~30° hotter than normal; CPU/Load is reportedly normal. What could cause this and how can I diagnose it?
@braiam I will try this next time it acts up. Today it's been running at normal temps so I can't test it until it occurs again. I use i3, which I have tried stopping. I don't recall specifically stopping X, but I feel like I probably did (as it's the next logical step). I'll let you know.
Aug
9
comment Laptop running ~30° hotter than normal; CPU/Load is reportedly normal. What could cause this and how can I diagnose it?
I didn't opt for the nVidia card on this machine. Sorry, should have been clearer on that in the question. And while 80-85 isn't too hot, it's still hotter than mid 40s, which is what my computer normally runs at on a typical light workload. My issue is trying to determine what phantom condition "kicks in" and causes my consistent 45 to be a consistent 80-85.
Aug
8
comment Laptop running ~30° hotter than normal; CPU/Load is reportedly normal. What could cause this and how can I diagnose it?
Nope, acpi is working, with the thinkpad_acpi module loaded as well.
Aug
8
comment Laptop running ~30° hotter than normal; CPU/Load is reportedly normal. What could cause this and how can I diagnose it?
Just to note, all my CPUs are running in powersave
Aug
7
comment Laptop running ~30° hotter than normal; CPU/Load is reportedly normal. What could cause this and how can I diagnose it?
The GPU was my uneducated guess too, now I just wonder how to diagnose it :-) Thanks for your patience
Aug
7
comment Laptop running ~30° hotter than normal; CPU/Load is reportedly normal. What could cause this and how can I diagnose it?
It definitely feels hot. Could it be heat trapped somewhere else besides the CPU that's keeping the ambient temp up? As I noted in the main comments above, there's no problem dissipating heat caused by CPU workload. I can compile software for 10 minutes, hit 75 degrees, then it will dissipate normally when completed.
Aug
7
comment Laptop running ~30° hotter than normal; CPU/Load is reportedly normal. What could cause this and how can I diagnose it?
To put it another way, my temperature will regulate itself normally under expected stress. If I'm doing some hard compiling it might heat up to 60, 70 degrees, but when it's done it will cool down.
Aug
7
comment Laptop running ~30° hotter than normal; CPU/Load is reportedly normal. What could cause this and how can I diagnose it?
I'll definitely take it apart and clean it as I do suspect I'm having some air flow problems, but as it is the CPU will maintain a constant high temp indefinitely after whatever the event is that causes the extreme temperature change. Even if you leave the lid on the pot, the water temperature will go down at some point. My temp hits a number and simply stays there, consistently at that number, forever until I reboot. There's no gradual building of heat that would suggest it is having dissipation issues. I've been running under a full workload all morning and am sitting at 41 degrees.
Aug
7
comment Laptop running ~30° hotter than normal; CPU/Load is reportedly normal. What could cause this and how can I diagnose it?
@goldilocks I'm completely ignorant of the notion of a cutoff point, but all I can tell you is that I've been running at 42-43 degrees consistently all morning under normal workload. When whatever the problem is kicks in, it'll skyrocket up 30+ degrees and stay there, consistently, until I reboot.
Aug
7
comment Laptop running ~30° hotter than normal; CPU/Load is reportedly normal. What could cause this and how can I diagnose it?
Thanks that's very helpful. I've stumbled onto that wiki before but never really took note of what it was exactly.
Aug
7
comment Laptop running ~30° hotter than normal; CPU/Load is reportedly normal. What could cause this and how can I diagnose it?
@slm thanks, I have not tried that. I will do so next time it starts running hot and report the results.
Aug
7
comment Laptop running ~30° hotter than normal; CPU/Load is reportedly normal. What could cause this and how can I diagnose it?
@braiam I don't believe so, but I can post that information from powertop next time the machine kicks into the hot state. It seemed fairly normal when I checked, unless I was looking at the wrong information.
Aug
7
comment Laptop running ~30° hotter than normal; CPU/Load is reportedly normal. What could cause this and how can I diagnose it?
This is definitely something I should do, but the odd thing to me is why it only goes into the hot state sometimes and persists until reboot, which immediately fixes the problem. It seems like something must be happening which is triggering the persistent change in heat. I have run htop to no avail. CPU usage is normal.
Aug
31
comment In Openbox, is it possible to execute a command in a matching window, or open a new one if no match exists?
Thanks a lot for your help. I ended up taking your script (and simplifying it greatly to my purposes). Editing question to show the solution.