I have had my gateway FX for almost a year now and for about the last 6 months I have had problems with it overheating, or at least running really hot. Gateway suggested that I reinstall windows and that should fix the problem. No luck though. However, when I heard there was a new release of Ubuntu, I thought I would give it a try and see if that might do the trick. Now, when I boot into Ubuntu, the computer stays much cooler and the fan never hit full speed. Any suggestions as to how to fix it in Windows?
I'll bet there is a temperature sensor that windows can't see so it's automatically spinning the fans at full speed. Although one would think that would be in the BIOS I've seen it where the temp sensor needs a Windows driver to work. I'm thinking maybe Ubuntu is sensing the temp and able to see the processor is not running hot thus it's not turning the fans on. Either that or there is a process in windows that is eating up CPU cycles causing 100% usage and thus high temps.
It isn't just the fans. It actually get super hot and shuts down. I have reinstalled vista and even on first boot up it gets hot. I know it isn't hardware because Ubuntu stays cool. Any one have a suggestion. Gateway customer service is no help. All they tell me is to send in the computer and they will fix it and send it back in 3-4 weeks. I can't afford to send it out right now because of school.