Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 461384
Toshiba A65 overheats under load
Last modified: 2013-01-10 02:05:57 EST
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Greetings-- I've just installed the current release of Fedora (FC9) for the first time on my dual boot Toshiba laptop, Model A65-S126, which uses an ACPI BIOS. I think the important things for me are working except that fan control intermittently doesn't work (e.g., stuck on or off), which can cause the box to overheat to the point of powerdown. I loaded fnfx from the Fedora software repository to provide some manual control, and it loaded without incident, but won't run. Trying to start fnfxd (e.g., at boot time) complains:
Fatal error: Could [not] open /proc/acpi/toshiba/keys.
Please make sure that your kernel has enabled the Toshiba option in the ACPI section.
The install created a /proc/acpi directory, but no /proc/acpi/toshiba under it. I found the toshiba_acpi module down the /lib/modules tree, but apparently it can't be loaded by the kernel. Trying to do so using "/sbin/modprobe -i toshiba_acpi" complains about "No such device".
So here are my (related) questions: Do I really have to recompile the kernel to get Toshiba support (what's the best way to know what options were used to build the kernel)? Is fnfx supposed to be runnable on FC9? For what it's worth-- XP is able to make this hardware work.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install fnfx and reboot
Boot load of fnfxd complains as described above.
Fnfxd should have loaded successfully.
The A65 doesn't use the same kind of BIOS as most other Toshibas, and so toshiba_acpi and fnfxd will not work on this hardware. Could you install the pmtools package and attach the output of the acpidump command, along with /proc/cpuinfo ?
Created attachment 316759 [details]
output of /usr/sbin/acpidump
**************the contents of /proc/cpuinfo follow:
processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 15
model : 2
model name : Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.80GHz
stepping : 9
cpu MHz : 2800.237
cache size : 128 KB
fdiv_bug : no
hlt_bug : no
f00f_bug : no
coma_bug : no
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 2
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe up pebs bts cid xtpr
bogomips : 5603.77
clflush size : 64
**************the output of acpidump have been attached.
I need to append to this report. I've been loading a bunch of ACPI-related stuff onto the Fedora installation, including some supposedly out-of-date utilities from Toshiba. Somewhere along the way I noticed my fan was actually ramping up and down. Sorry I can't be more specific about when that happened. The dynamic range might not be quite right (it lets the CPU get up to 60 C degrees or so, according to "hddtemp"), but the fan *is* adjusting during use. I still don't have any sort of manual control over the fan or the screen brightness, etc., but I think I can live with this as it is. If a better solution appears, I'd be interested, but if you've got better things to do with your time...
Thanks for looking at this.
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