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Old 09-30-2004, 11:29 AM   #1
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Lower CPU freq

Hi there!

I've a P4 @ 2.4Ghz notebook just for work, view some mail and stuff like that.

My problem is that the CPU overheats too quickly and if i do something "harder for the CPU" for example play a movie the notebook restarts after a while due to the high temp, to prevent damage..
I think that if im able to lower the cpu freq i can solve the problem but there's no way that i can do that through the motherboard config.
So I'm looking for a way to lower the CPU freq (as its a notebook and there's no way of adding a new cooler) some kind of app or workaround, if its possible, so that i can do my normal stuff without having my hands burned.

I'm running as few process as i can and also a light WM (in case fluxbox) to lower the cpu ocupancy but that doesn't seem to work ..

Any tip/advice would be greatly appreciated
Old 09-30-2004, 12:25 PM   #2
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what sort of processor? which kernel?

You'll either want cpufreqd or cpudynd. without know any of your system details, it's hard to know which. should get you started though
Old 10-01-2004, 09:23 AM   #3
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First of all thanks for helping!!

I'm using kernel 2.4.21 (the one who comes with mdk9.1)
and thats' my cpu info

#cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 15
model : 2
model name : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHz
stepping : 4
cpu MHz : 2390.363
cache size : 512 KB
fdiv_bug : no
hlt_bug : no
f00f_bug : no
coma_bug : no
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 2
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm
bogomips : 4771.02

Do you need any more info?

I've found some info about cpufreqd and cpudynd and I think thats what im looking for, but based on my hardware specs wich one fits better?

Thanks in advance!


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