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Old 11. Sep 2009, 12:00 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I too am now set up with dual booted 64 Bit versions of Vista Ultimate and Ubuntu. For those unfamiliar with my "problem" (yawn) I have to use a Sony Ericsson USB broadband modem to connect here (no cables) and none of the local likely lads are prepared to script anything else for it other than Ubuntu. I must say that the 9.04 is a great leap forward from the distro I viewed a while back but straight away I've encountered an issue I can do without. My temps with Vista are around 36/41/39 for CPU, North bridge and HD. With Ubuntu they are all way higher, my CPU not dropping below 54c. I've since discovered lots of posts about this with no real fix being offered. It seems to be an Ubuntu specific problem. I'm not sure if it also extends to Kubuntu which would be an alternative for me but I'm not prepared to fry my new mother board because the ambient temperatures here are high enough as it is.

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Old 12. Sep 2009, 09:02 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I too am now set up with dual booted 64 Bit versions of Vista Ultimate and Ubuntu. For those unfamiliar with my "problem" (yawn) I have to use a Sony Ericsson USB broadband modem to connect here (no cables) and none of the local likely lads are prepared to script anything else for it other than Ubuntu. I must say that the 9.04 is a great leap forward from the distro I viewed a while back but straight away I've encountered an issue I can do without. My temps with Vista are around 36/41/39 for CPU, North bridge and HD. With Ubuntu they are all way higher, my CPU not dropping below 54c. I've since discovered lots of posts about this with no real fix being offered. It seems to be an Ubuntu specific problem. I'm not sure if it also extends to Kubuntu which would be an alternative for me but I'm not prepared to fry my new mother board because the ambient temperatures here are high enough as it is.

Anyone here got any ideas?
I am quite curious about the scripts written for the Sony Ericsson USB broadband modem. I was always under the impression that scripts for this Linux can and will work for another Linux provided that both Linux have the same scripting language like Python or Bash (the universal scripting language for Linux, A.K.A the command line) to run the script. So there shouldn't be any difference between scripting for Ubuntu or any other Linux right? So it might be possible to copy that script and use it in another Linux. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

I don't know much about the temperature problem but you could try to change the CPU usage. In my XP, there's a power manager that has an option to reduce CPU usage to increase the battery life (and decrease the temperature); in MEPIS Linux, there's KPowersave which lets you choose the 'CPU Frequency Policy' to increase battery life (and also decrease the temperature). I'm sure Ubuntu has such a tool too. Alternatively, try cooling the fan the physical way such as fanning it yourself .
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Hi, thanks for responding. I too was under the impression that scripts in the same language would be pretty universal between distros but apparently it has more to do with how each one recognises USB devices, rather than the configuration of them afterwards.
It actually seems since my original post that my problems are now fading. I checked the website for my Foxconn motherboard and it says that the cooling system runs at a constant speed until the temp reaches 55 after which it increases until the system stabilises. This I've checked and it's working. This therefore suggests that these temps are well within limits for the MB as mine is now hovering around 53. The CPU on it's own was never an issue anyway because the temperature for this can go way up before being a concern. It appears that this is more of a concern for laptop installations, some of which have a shut-down point of 60 degrees, hence most of the posts about this issue are from laptop owners.

I'm really liking Ubuntu although I still might download a variant of 9.04 with KDE3 and play with that. I just don't like V4 but think KDE (for me anyway) might be more visually appealing than Gnome.
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You could also have a look at Linux Mint. Based on Ubuntu but more "elegant" as they term it:
http://www.linuxmint.com/about.php
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Thanks for the suggestion. I did actually try mint from a live CD but didn't find it particularly stable. I even re burned another image at a different speed and got the same results. It's difficult to decipher the overall comments about mint because anyone wishing to get a closer resemblance to Windows is going to think it's great. From my own perspective, being able to switch on a PC and run it all day without problems is a real bonus and as Ubuntu is performing so well I'm going to stick with it. I hardly use the Vista except to update the security apps (LOL)

My feeling is that although some things move slowly in Linux land the ripples caused by Mint won't have gone unnoticed at Ubuntu and if a few candy tweaks is all it takes to recover market share then I'm pretty sure we might see something, or at least a promise of it, with the next release. So far, for what I need, I've only found one thing with Ubuntu that I'm unable to resolve but I'm still Googling through the forums. If I can't find a solution (it's not an important feature) then I'll post here, but I prefer to do this myself as it's the best way I'm gonna learn
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Before you go buy windows try Ubuntu 64 bit. It is the most stable and popular linux package with tons of community support. I run it on 2 laptops.
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I do actually have Ubuntu fully installed (64Bit) and dual booted with the 64 version of Vista Ultimate. I'm using the Vista less and less - discovering Screenlets is what finally swung me over
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I'm torn between the 'eye-candy' of Mint and the speed of Crunchbang and ( a new one to me) Masonux. I've still got Vista (but using it less & less too) and I keep going from dual boot to tri boot & back again.
Really it's great to have all this choice and to be able to pick & choose.
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I'm torn between the 'eye-candy' of Mint and the speed of Crunchbang and ( a new one to me) Masonux. I've still got Vista (but using it less & less too) and I keep going from dual boot to tri boot & back again.
Really it's great to have all this choice and to be able to pick & choose.
What about moonOS? I heard it's quite fast and has a lot of eye-candy. It's also based on Ubuntu. It uses Enlightenment for its main edition and has a LXDE edition for slower PCs.

http://www.moonos.co.cc/

There's also some good reviews about it too:
http://desktoplinuxreviews.com/2009/...-linux-makara/
http://beginlinux.wordpress.com/2009...enshots-video/

Yes, it really is great to have all these choices to pick from. I suddenly feel like I want to be a distro-hopper, except I can't.
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Thanks for the pointers to these other distros, I'll check 'em out when I get some time.
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