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Old 08-26-2004, 01:03 AM   #1
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Location: Newmarket, Ontario
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Suse 9.1 and Laptop fan


I notice that my laptop's fan is always running at a high speed under Suse. I have APCI enabled but the fan never slows down. Under Windows, it would pick up and slow down when needed. Is this a problem with the Linux ACPI?

My CPU is an Athlon XP-M 2400+.
Old 08-27-2004, 08:40 AM   #2
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I have the opposite problem . I have a dual boot XP/SuSE 9.1(which is really awesome btw) and in SuSE the fan only starts up when starting YaST or if my laptop is on for quite a while, but i feel that my laptop warms up more than in windows. In XP, the fan runs almost all the time, but he keeps the temperature stable during the whole time, in suse he let's it warm up and when necessary, he activates...

But I can understand your problem, especially with an AMD processor. I have about the same one myself on my laptop, Athlon XP-M 2600+ and it gives a better performance than an intel processor, but warms up a lot more and faster.

Really hope someone can find what the cause is and how to solve it

Old 08-28-2004, 10:45 AM   #3
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When I installed Suse 9.1 first on my Compaq Armada 3500 (Pentium II 366) it also warmed up very much. Sometimes it was so hot, that i feard, that it will burn (the keyboard was extremely hot!!). Because the version is a bit too much for this old Laptop I installled Suse 8.2 on it. This is the version with the older kernel 2.4.20, wher the ACPI function wouldnt work well. I installed Suse with the ACPI function. Afterward I deactivated this funktion in the BIOS and everything works very well with APM (automaticaly). Suse would not worm up the notebook anymore or much mor than XP before.


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