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Fan doesn't turn off and is driving me crazy!!!!

Erik Frank
Occasional Contributor

Fan doesn't turn off and is driving me crazy!!!!

Hello everybody,

I am a newbie to linux but I am getting better. I installed RH9 on my ze4400 and it works fine. I even managed to patch my Kernel with ACPI and when I check if all modules are loaded I get a psoitive feedback.
I read a HowTo to install ACPID and I even managed that but when I want to edit the event file with the command acpid event (Right now I don't know it by heart but it is definitely the correct command) it says something like file not found or busy. When I browse to the specific folder I see the file but on double clicking it gives me an error (it's not there) I even can't create a new file.
Well anyway, I don't realy care about the power issue and the on/off Button etc. aswell as the suspend mode. What is more important to me is the fan issue. On starting linux it starts running but it never stops. In the beginning I thought: "Who cares?!" But now it is running on my nervs.
Can anybody help me to fix this problem. Thanks in advance,

Erik
4 REPLIES
Bruce Copeland
Trusted Contributor

Re: Fan doesn't turn off and is driving me crazy!!!!

AFAIK, under Linux 2.4 kernels, the fan runs permanently on all ze4000/ze5000 models equiped with AMD processors. (It runs only periodically with Intel processors.) You may be able to decrease the amount of fan noise by running the latest bios, but you won't get rid of it completely.

Bruce
Erik Frank
Occasional Contributor

Re: Fan doesn't turn off and is driving me crazy!!!!

Thanks for your reply...I just wonder why? Do you know if this harms the fan? Otherwise I guess I will have to deinstall Linux again.

Kind regards,
Erik Frank
Steven E. Protter
Exalted Contributor

Re: Fan doesn't turn off and is driving me crazy!!!!

Taking the original reply as fact, you may have more success with a Linux that uses the 2.6 kernel.

Presumably this problem was noted and corrected in the later kernel.

You might check the notes on the kernel.

Releases that I believe come with the 2.6 Kernel.

Fedora Core 2
Suse 9.1 (Pretty sure)
Red Hat 3.0 can be upgraded with support to the 2.6 kernel.

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Bruce Copeland
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Re: Fan doesn't turn off and is driving me crazy!!!!

The throttling and cooling architecture is different for Intel and AMD processors. In principle, several of the things needed to solve this problem should be fixed in 2.6 kernels. In practice, that may not be the case. See

http://lists.debian.org/debian-laptop/2004/01/msg00034.html

On the other hand, it may be possible to fix the problem using a carefully configured cpufreqd. See:

http://lists.debian.org/debian-laptop/2004/01/msg00044.html

With regard to your acpid problems, you can find some additional information about configuring acpid (including scripts) at my ze4100 web site:

http://www.cybersym.com/pages/linux-ze4100.html

Bruce