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Re: [linux-dell-laptops] suse 9.3 monitoring fan

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  • ken
    Fixed a typo in previous post. ... -- A lot of us are working harder than we want, at things we don t like to do. Why? ...In order to afford the sort of
    Message 1 of 27 , Jul 1, 2005
      Fixed a typo in previous post.

      ken wrote:

      >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.
      >Dead end?
      >Thanks again for the tips.

      A lot of us are working harder than we want, at things we don't like to
      do. Why? ...In order to afford the sort of existence we don't care to live.
      -- Bradford Angier
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