Update: I ended up buying a new Intel laptop with on-board graphics. I exclusively use Ubuntu Linux there. It has been quite a while now, and I’m pretty much used to the workflow in Linux.
It’s not that I don’t like Linux. My brother did manage to install Ubuntu on my other laptop. But you had to be very careful while installing updates. Installing any kernel updates would break the system and you’ll be stuck in console.
I don’t say one cannot recover from that, but hell I don’t consider that to be my job. If there are a bunch of commands I can run to fix it, then why hasn’t someone created an automated method for rectifying it? I love Linux, but the same laws of software apply to it as well. If it doesn’t work, it’s broken.
Every year, I get a weird feeling that I have to switch to Linux. And this has been going on since about 2004. But my current attempt almost burned my Laptop to ashes.
A little history
Back then, the internet connections in my country were not that fast. So, I used to purchase discs from a local website, which used to download new images as they came up. A little later, we started getting DVDs, which meant we could use a lot of applications without needing a fast internet connection to download them first.
I’m a programmer. And I understand how powerful Linux can be. However, whenever I used to install Linux along with Windows, it’d always mess up my Windows installation a few days later. Last time, fiddling with Linux made me lose my Master File Table. I had all the files, but just didn’t know where they begun and ended.
My current burning attempt at Linux
Last weekend, I decided to wipe out my freshly bought Windows 8 and replace it with Linux. I’m always leaning towards Ubuntu, since it’s the simplest to get started with.
I love my Windows 8, mind you. The boot time of 15 seconds is a life-saver.
However, my Linux installation had a problem. My laptop would start heating up rapidly. The safety mechanism would shut down my laptop to prevent damage. This wouldn’t even let my installation complete.
It didn’t make sense. But the half-installed Linux had already wiped my Windows installation.
It’s happening to a lot of people
Research a bit on the internet, I found that Linux did result in overheating of Laptops. Some power management gone wrong?
In the end, I somehow managed to get Ubuntu installed, maybe because the weather turned cool in the evening. But, running Ubuntu was also resulting in sluggishness and overheating. Eventually, my session would shut down automatically.
Back to square one
It was almost Sunday evening, and I had to get my Windows installation up and running with all the tools to prepare for the week.
My attempt at switching to Linux completely failed due to a problem I did not expect. My earlier attempts were all on desktops.
This problem seems to be there with a lot of distributions. And if this helps, I have a HP G2 2005ax (AMD based). Right now, I’m learning to live with Windows.
Can this be solved?
I know that there are a lot of hackers out there who might be able to diagnose and fix the problem. Can you guys figure out something? Switching to Linux can itself be a big learning curve (though not as much as Vim), but this makes it even worse.