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Old 08-22-2004, 04:34 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Linux cooler than Windows

Ha ha, no not a troll for a flame war...

I used to run a systray app in XP to monitor my CPU/MB temps, because my Athlon XP 1700+ seemed to run close to the upper limit and my MB didn't come with a cooler software.

So, in Windows my CPU would get as hot as 72 C in the summer (I'm in Arizona) and never lower than 64 C, even in the winter.

According to my cool (or is it hot?) cynapses karamba module I usually run around 40 C now.

I was wondering, could it be, that I'm "accidentally" running a cooling module in my custom kernel or is it just that Linux is simply cooler? 8)

How would I find out. I mean, what common cooler modules are enabled in 2.6.7?


Old 08-22-2004, 04:57 PM   #2
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well first, no module is going to make any computer run cooler ...
it comes down to the physicals, no little files ...

i know personally and i'll give a real world example, that the ecs k7s5a mobo actually reports the
temps incorrectly with sensors .. and you have to manually make changes to some config files to
make the proper figures show ...
so maybe you might have the same issue ....
Old 08-22-2004, 06:47 PM   #3
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Well, at least I posted in the newbie forum....

I assigned the wrong sensor to the cynapses CPU temp display, I had it set to temp2, but it is supposed to be temp3. Temp2 is the board temp... How embarrassing.

Anyway, by kernel modules cooling my CPU I meant CPU power saving modules as discussed for instance here:

I didn't see it mentioned in this HOWTO, but the temperature difference running one of these cooler tools is significant. Around 10 C, if I remember right.

Sorry for the silly thread,

Old 08-22-2004, 10:04 PM   #4
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its ok

i have made some worse posts then that in my day

and felt like a bigger moron

we all make mistakes man
Old 09-18-2004, 10:27 PM   #5
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system idle time process in widoze is suppposed to cool but it doesnt functionwell on Athlons

but use windoze software such as CPUIDLE the cpu drops 10 degrees Celcius in under 30 minutes
i have this board K7S5A and the problem
with that proggy is when its operating my onboard sound gets violently scratchy

the same violent scratchy noise occurs under my linux Mandrake 10 because undoubtedly the Idle process handler in LINUX it cools the computer but like my music
so i gotta go buy a new sound card :S
Old 09-30-2004, 07:38 PM   #6
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linux may simply run less kernel code, or more effeciently. Less you/kernel are using the processor, cooler it'll get.


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