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I'm having a big prob where my new pc is silent in xp but loud as f**k in linux.
I got myself a new computer last week, the specs are:
Compaq Presario, P4, 3.06 GHZ processor, 80GB Ultra DMA hd, DVD & a seperate DVD+RW.
It came bundled with, guess what, XP
Anyway, when I boot it up it makes a load noise (ie fans or the HDD is spinning top speed) & then when the XP splash screen comes up the noise goes & the computer is almost silent.
I now have the machine as a dual boot with xp & MDK 9.1 but the noise dosent stop when I boot up Linux, I just hear a constant loud 'whirring' sound & it's that loud it's unbearable, I'm even posting this from xp
I also pulled the case off the computer to see if I could figure out where it's coming from but I cant
Any ideas or suggestions as to what I could try anyone? I'm desperate to fix this as I cant stand using xp, I work from home & use linux 95% of the time.
All suggestions or replies welcome
EDIT: Mods, can you move this to Linux General please.
Yeah Proud is prolly on to something there. I think it's Mandy that has the kernel patch to automount/autoplay removeable media. Funny, but that's one thing I really hate in MS Windows, waiting for the CD/DVD devices to spin up when I want to 'explore' the local filesystem.
I didnt meant the auto/supermount, I meant kflushd or something similar which uses my linux drive every few seconds, constantly. Someone mentioned the correct name once when asking about reducing running processes. You can probably track it down with top.
mcleodnine, thanks for moving the thread, CD/DVD drives, hmmm, I dunno, that's what it sounds like but it still makes the noise when both drives are ejected.
I'll check out the automount/autoplay thing but I dont think it's that.
Proud, it's accessing something more than it should be, I'm just not sure what, I think it's a bit too loud for my HDD though. When Norton scans my disk for drives in xp it dosent make even a 1/4 of the noise as when linux running.
I'm going to try top & see what comes up, if you can think of the name of the daemon let me know.
Just to clarify, the noise is constant from the machine starting to booting up in linux, even after hours of Linux doing nothing it's still loud as f**k.
The noise only stops 'exactly' when the xp splash screen comes on.
i think there was something i read once (never used) about lm_sensors and being able to control the fan speeds on processor fans of that chip (and some others, im sure there are other models soupported), you could control the speed of that fan varrying with the temp of your processor, you would still want to to speed up when the processor gets hot obviously, but other wise hwen you were not using it at 100% it would calm down. also your hard drive if still spun up the whole time (default?) could still be causing some noise, read the man page for hdparm, and you should be able to spin it down and make it go to sleep when your not using it, you could make like a script to slow it all down when your not using it, etc
Thanks apffal, I never even heard of varyfan.
I've just installed it & it works my machine is alot quieter now, I'll have to mess around with the config file to figure out whats acceptable fan speeds & temperatures.
You'll need lm_sensors installed to make it work.
Let me know if youve any problems installing it.
Go into your redhat package manager, I dont use redhat so I cant tell you where or what your package manager is called. When you do that install lm_sensors.
When thats done get the varyfan tarball, do:
tar xzvf varyfan.0.0.3.tar.gz
mv /etc/varyfanconf.suggested /etc/varyfan.conf
You then need to edit /etc/varyfan.conf & change the xxxx to what ever it is in your machine,
PWMcpu = /proc/sys/dev/sensors/xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx/pwm1
PWMcase = /proc/sys/dev/sensors/xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx/pwm2
TempCpu = /proc/sys/dev/sensors/xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx/temp2
TempCase = /proc/sys/dev/sensors/xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx/temp1
ls -l /proc/sys/dev/sensors/
and you'll see what you need to replcae them xxxx's with
You also need to remove the comments from the appropriate lines in /etc/varyfan.conf
Let me know how you get on & if you get errors tell me when & what the error's are.