fan control

Roland Smith rsmith at
Sat Aug 28 07:40:26 UTC 2010

On Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 09:10:10AM +0200, Svein Skogen (Listmail account) wrote:
> On 27.08.2010 20:52, Roland Smith wrote:
> > On Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 12:02:18PM +0200, Matias wrote:
> >> Thanks for replying!
> >>
> >> I've tried everything you mention here with no success:
> >>
> >> The BIOS is pretty basic, just allows to select boot order, set the 
> >> date, and not much more than that. No sysctls also. 
> > 
> > Some desktop machines have a knob that you can turn which controls the fan
> > speed.
> > 
> > In my experience only laptops come with a ACPI thermal subdevice.
> Then, I guess that you've not used to Asus mainboards?

As a matter of fact I'm running a P5KPL-VM right now. No acpi_thermal sysctls
to be found. Of course I am running powerd.

> >> I guess that my only option to check if the hardware has the feature will be
> >> to get windows on it and see what happens.
> > 
> > Reading the manual is also an option. :-)
> Have you ever seen a manual for "consumer gear" that includes the word
> "FreeBSD" except (maybe) in the copyright notices?

It doesn't have to. Even if it just says "Use the windoze program foo to
control the fan speed", you know that it's possible.

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