I have a HP Compaq 8510p laptop that I just installed OpenSuse 11.2. Since I had it running, the laptop runs noticebly hotter than when in windows - even under very little load, basically web surfin. It gets so hot it makes my hands sweat! The fan also runs a bit louder and it always spitting out hot air. Ive done a little research and haven't come up with much.
I wonder why when I am using Ubuntu, my laptop temperature increases. It's around 62 degrees or less. I am already using Jupiter and have set it to power saving mode but if I use maximum performance the temperature can reach 70 degrees or more.
My laptop has done a thermal shutdown several times tonight due to high temperature readings. The computer however is not running at a temperature any higher than it normally does. I think the temperature sensor is malfunctioning and reading the temperature incorrectly. It is reading upwards of 250 degrees Fahrenheit but it is only warm to the touch. There is no way it is running this hot.
I have a Dell Latitude E6400 (intel cpu etc) that I dual boot with WinXP sp3 (ugh, needed for work). Both XP and Slackware64-14.0 (kde and/or Xfce) have always matched in reporting battery life - starting at 100% and about 2-4 hrs of life, now a bit longer since I swapped in a SSD drive, depending on screen brightness, wifi etc usage.