I'm having issues with successfully installing linux (both on my PC and my laptop). The issue seems to be overheating in both cases. It's not so much a crippling problem with the desktop, it handles the heat pretty well (but I can tell it's running hot). However on the laptop, it gets so hot that it just shuts itself off after 10-15 minutes. The fans on both machines seem to be running full blast constantly. I'm experiencing the same problem with Ubuntu and openSUSE.
I'm confused by this problem because it seems to be machine and OS independent. What could cause this overheating? If this sounds familiar to anybody, a solution or even suggestion on where to start would be great.
Let's focus on the laptop to simplify things. It's a low-end Gateway Windows 7 model.
New OS - openSUSE 13.1
CPU - AMD A-Series A6-4400M (2.70GHz)
Video - AMD Radeon HD 7520G
RAM/HD - 4GB Memory 500GB HDD