Is there a Linux distro that controls fan spe

November 18, 2010 at 13:44:02
Specs: Macintosh
I have an IBM ThinkPad T43 and installed Ubuntu 10.10 on it. My only problem is that the fan runs non-stop. This is annoying and probably not good for the computer. I don't know whether this is a hardware problem or something going on with Ubuntu. The laptop is not especially hot (slightly warm in the lower lefthand corner) but the fan never shuts off until I turn off the computer. Is there anything that can be done to modify the fan speed or make it more responsive to the actual cpu temperature? Thank you.

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November 18, 2010 at 14:10:00
The fan isn't bad. More cool is better but fan could after a few years burn out.

Does any other disto work correctly? Did it work OK on the live cd?

Most new distro's could support either acpi or apm. The fan also may be part of cpu scaling.

Check for any bios acpi apm maybe.

I guess it could be some issue with temps.

Could be some process's running causing it too.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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November 21, 2010 at 09:52:56
Thanks for your reply. I haven't tried other distros, and the live cd was the same only I would expect that. After all, the disk is churning pretty hard when on live status and the performance on screen is clunky. So I figured it wasn't a fair test of that anyway. BIOS are limited on the T43 since it's essentially set up for Windows. I'm not running any extravagant programs either in the foreground of background that would cause this.

But I like your statement that the fan isn't bad. The IBM T43 is about five years old and at that time I think cooling systems were more audible, no? Thanks again!


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