26959Re: [linux-dell-laptops] suse 9.3 monitoring fan
- Jul 1, 2005Fixed a typo in previous post.
>Alexandre Tessier wrote:--
>>Are you using APM or ACPI?
>>You can see fan activity with "cat /proc/i8k", you have to load the i8k
>>module (you may have also something in /proc/acpi/fan/).
>>You can monitor fans with this small gnome applet:
>>(I have used it in the past and it works very well, but I think you have
>>to use APM)
>>or you can use command lines from the i8kutils:
>Thanks much for the info.
>I've been running gkrellm and it's a nice application. It shows the
>battery state-- for both batteries if I have the second in the modular
>bay. It also shows the temperature. There's a menu item in the
>configuration window for "Fan", but it doesn't allow me to configure
>settings for reading the fans.
>/proc/i8k doesn't exist until I load the i8k module; moreover, I have to
>use the "force" option on it to get it to load. After doing this, then
>yes /proc/i8k shows up and does have data in it. But no change in
>gkrellm... I still can't configure it.
>This 9.3 Pro system running Gnome also has "powersave", a command for
>reading and setting a lot of power management functions. It has an
>option for reading the fans, but running it just says "no fan devices
>available." Likewise, /proc/acpi/fan/ is empty. Installing the i8k
>module changes neither of these.
>This I600m has an A09 BIOS; this BIOS shows the battery level(s), but
>doesn't show anything at all about fans. I'm thinking this is why I'm
>not getting any information at all about the fans. On the other hand,
>the BIOS doesn't report the temperature, but all of the abovementioned
>apps do nicely report the temp. (???)
>Looking at the README for the I8KUTILS package (from
><http://people.debian.org/~dz/i8k/>) you mentioned says that I have to
>have APM running. I tried running this a month or two ago and it
>screwed up more things than it fixed. So I'm staying with ACPI. (I'm
>not certain anymore, but I believe I can run one or the other, but not
>both APM and ACPI, yes?)
>I downloaded and installed gi8k, but it didn't show up in the panel,
>even after reloading X (gnome). So right-clicked on the panel, clicked
>"Add" on the popup, and selected "gi8k thermal monitor" and got the error:
>The panel encountered a problem while loading "OAFIID:GNOME_gi8kApplet"
>Just to make sure my panel was working okay, I changed some params on it
>and added other panel applets, and all that worked fine.
>Thanks again for the tips.
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