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Old 05-14-2006, 03:22 PM   #1
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Fedora 5 turning up the heat!


Since i upgraded to fedora 5 last week my hp pavilion (zd7168cl) wont stay cool, or quiet!

It overheats and shuts down in about 15 mins.
Plus the fan is seems to be running flat out.
The hard drive led is on continuosly.

Any suggestions as to the cause???

I'm on the verge of switching back to fedora 4..

Old 05-14-2006, 04:03 PM   #2
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First, check your BIOS settings for your IDE drives. If you don't have "compatibility" mode selected, many HD commands get "lost," and the drive is selected a lot. (At least, that's what was happening on my system after a BIOS upgrade changed the default to "enhanced." It also "killed" my printer by defaulting it to unselected instead of the parallel port. Easy to change, but it took me a while to figure it out.)

Second, when's the last time you cleaned your CPU cooling system? Dust on the heat-sink radiators can cause overheating. But I suspect that the HD problem may be causing a CPU loop waiting for an interrupt response.
Old 05-14-2006, 04:56 PM   #3
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Unfortunately the hp doesn't allow me to fool with the bios.
I can only set the time and passwords.

I'll do a physical check on the fans.

I'm also getting this message from system mail:

WARNING: Kernel Errors Present
ACPI Error (nsxfeval-0242): ...: 10 Time(s)
ACPI Error (psparse-0517): ...: 1 Time(s)

Old 05-15-2006, 08:43 AM   #4
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you could try seeing what happens when turning off acpi support. This is done differently depending on if you are using LILO or GRUB. Check the appopriate documentation for each bootloader. Why cant you get into your bios? Is it password protected...if so just pop the cmos battery off the motherboard.


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