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Old 05-26-2004, 04:45 PM   #1
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Nvidia drivers causing GPU fan to throttle to full speed.

I've had this problem for a while and have yet to track it down. It's not specific to any distro either as I had the same problem on Fedora Core 1, Debian, Arch, and many other distros that I've tried (now on Slackware). I've never had problem installing the nVidia drivers, but as soon as I start up X using them, the fan on my GPU throttles to full speed. It's very noticable since it makes a high pitched whine. There's no way I'm going to run it like that either because it's annoying and it's unnecessarily hard on my equipment. It's not specific to any certain kernel either. It's happened with multiple versions of 2.4.x and 2.6.x kernels. The only thing I could realy think of that would seem logical to affect it is the agpgart module so I compiled it out and used nVidia's, but it didn't help. Before I go trying random stuff I figured I'd see if anyone else has ran into this problem. I haven't been able to find any similar problems on these forums or anywhere else on the net that I've looked so I might be on my own on this one. I'm guessing it has something to do with my motherboard since I've had some other issues stemming back to my motherboard that I've had to work around in the pass (mouse wheel not working).

Pertinent System Facts:
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-8SRX (SIS645 chipset)
Graphics Card - Gainward GeForce 4 Ti4400
Kernel - 2.6.6
Distro - Slackware
Old 02-06-2005, 12:36 PM   #2
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Same here, dude. fact, I stumbled across your post 'cause it was bugging me, too. Seems you had the prob nearly a year ago but no-one's replied yet.

'Fraid I can't add anything useful to this thread 'cept to say that my rig's nothing like yours and I too have this problem.

Incidentally, my GFX card's a Gainward GeForce 6800 128MB "Golden Sample" and I have the exact same issue under Windoze unless I have the Gainward "Expertool" util loaded and the "Dynamic throttling" option enabled on the performance page. I've yet to find anything similar for Linux.

FWIW, my rig is:
Asus P4C800-E Deluxe mobo
Intel P4HT 3.0GHz
2x 512MB 184-pin Crucial DDR
Gainward GeForce 6800 128MB "Golden Sample" vid card
Maxtor 160GB SATA drive (forget the model number off the top of my head...)
SUSE 9.2 Pro

Old 04-14-2005, 02:48 PM   #3
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Hey has anybody managed to get EXPERTool working (maybe in wine?). I'm thinking about getting the "Gainward PowerPack! Ultra/1960 PCX XP 128MB "Golden Sample" GLH" (That really is it's full name!) and it can't be overclocked without it.


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