Ubuntu on Macbook...Can it overheat, damaging the internal components?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Luigi239, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. Luigi239 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2007
    Hello all, first I know this isn't a Linux form, and there is not a linux forum, but thought this would be the best place to put this, because I supose it applies to windows as well.

    Anyway, I have a CD rev A Macbook, that I just installed Ubuntu with. I love it, but I am afraid one day it will overheat and cause my processor to melt. Is that possible? I have heard that if it gets to hot, that the thing will just shut off, but I don't want to take any chances. So, do you think it is safe to run Ubuntu? Will it kill my components?

    Thanks :D
  2. TBi macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2005
    The fan in your laptop is controlled by the firmware so there is no* way that ubuntu can cause your laptop to over heat.

    *Unless of course you do something really stupid like tell linux to start overriding the firmware in relation to fan speed. However you'd have to be a really advanced user to know how to do this and more than likely an advanced user would already know the answer to the overheating question :)
  3. Luigi239 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2007
    Ok, great, thanks. :)

    However, it does seem to get hotter while in Ubuntu. Do you think it would be a bad thing to set the min. fan speed to something around 3000rpm?
  4. GlitteringLynx macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2009
    By all means

    The only reason why you might want to let the computer control the fans is to save power. If you're connected to an external power source feel free to up the minimum speed. Just remember that others can hear it too :)
  5. MAG. macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2009
    Don't worry about it. The fan is controlled by the BIOS not the OS. There is no way Ubuntu will make your computer overheat. :)
  6. bradenwh macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2008
    BIOS? On a Mac? Since when? ;)

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