A few hours ago I was playing a computer game when I noticed smoke coming from next to my laptop. Then I noticed that the stack of paper next to it had begon to smolder. I threw it into a glass of water and moved it away when I noticed how increadible hot my laptop was now running (heat rising through the keyboard but especially out of the back through the air holes). I decided to run a temperature monitoring program that showed that 3 of the cores where at 120/130 degrees Celsius and the fourth was at 76. This is on a EliteBook8570.
Is this safe? Is there some way to limit the max temperature (preferably without randomly shutting down my laptop as it now sometimes does). It has always ran hot but recently more so than usual (it's now summer).
Note that is shows this behaviour both in Ubuntu and windows 7.
It appears that for now putting a metal bar under it so that air can better come to it helps reduce the temperature down to a mere 90 degrees. Still that's quite a bit warmer then I would like. And yes I do regulary try to clean the dust out (I have heard this laptop model has more heat problems).