Ubuntu – Banshee and heat rising to shutoff


When I run Banshee why would the temp rise so much that it will shut off the laptop. Toshiba L300D AMD dual core. This happens only when running Banshee.

Best Answer

  • There are some one-time operations in Banshee that are very CPU-intensive and can last for several seconds, or even minutes depending on the size of your music collection.

    BPM Detection

    Detecting the tempo of a song can be helpful if you want to automatically generate a playlist such as "Upbeat" or "Slow and Relaxing." The downside is, running beat detection on a large library can max out your processor for a sustained period of time. Also, I've never found beat detection to be terribly accurate (has problems with subdivisions of beats).

    BPM Detection can be disabled under Edit > Preferences > Source Specific. In the Music preferences, make sure "Automatically detect BPM for all songs" is not checked.

    Mirage Similarity Engine

    This is a plugin, so it shouldn't be installed unless you made a special point of installing it. It's great for creating automatically generated playlists of songs that sound similar to each other, but similar to BPM Detection, it will do a one-time analysis of your music library that can be very taxing for your CPU. You can disable the extension in Edit > Preferences > Extensions.

    Library Watcher bug

    A few people are experiencing a Library Watcher bug That causes high CPU usage and extremely high memory consumption. You may want to try disabling the Library Watcher extension in Edit > Preferences > Extensions.

    The spinning throbber

    In Banshee's lower left corner, a spinning throbber will appear when Banshee is working on something like downloading cover art or syncing a device. If BPM detection and Mirage analysis weren't the source of your high CPU usage, I'd look for the throbber. If it's there, you can hover over it to see what Banshee is working on.

    Playback CPU Bug

    For some people (myself included), Banshee's CPU usage during playback is high compared to other gstreamer-based media players. The comments in that bug report seem to suggest that Banshee uses 20-25%, which is more than Totem at <10%. Disabling 'Write metadata to files' in Edit > Preferences might help fix this problem, but 25% CPU shouldn't be enough to cause your laptop to overheat unless it has extremely poor ventilation.

    If none of these things fix the problem, I'd open up Gnome System Monitor and watch the CPU usage of the banshee-1 process to see if it's doing anything crazy. If it seems abnormally high and it isn't one of the issues I listed, you may need to file a new bug report. Good luck, and let us know if anything works!

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