Bug 979764 - Fan do not stay at set speed
Fan do not stay at set speed
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: i8kutils (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Unspecified
unspecified Severity high
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Assigned To: Matthias Saou
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2013-06-30 07:21 EDT by Thiago Macedo
Modified: 2013-07-26 07:36 EDT (History)
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Description Thiago Macedo 2013-06-30 07:21:11 EDT
Setting a value for fan speed doesn't fix the value. After 20 seconds the fan comes back to it initial speed, making i8kfan useless. Also i8kmon suffer from the same issue.

A debian bug comment seems to workaround the problem but it is harder to make on RHEL


How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Setup i8kutils
2. Configure module and startup
3. Lunch i8kmon to monitore changes

Actual results:

Seems like smm program sets the value back. But the main problem is i8k doesn't see the change anymore - even after the fan speed reset to 2 by smm, i8kmon still see the fan speed at the value it sets (1).

Expected results:

i8kmon should detect smm speed change or/else took place over smm action.

Additional info:

I'm on a Dell Inspiron N4030 and bios do not have any configuration. Also I haven't found a way to configure smm in fedora.
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Comment 2 Thiago Macedo 2013-07-14 01:57:29 EDT
The problem continue. How to block BIOS smm from changing fan speed?
I'm running a script daemon to verify the temperature but it keeps fighting with the smm.
Comment 3 Thiago Macedo 2013-07-26 07:36:56 EDT
I have fixed the problem following the instructions on this comment


Download the i8kutils source and compile the smm tool to disable the interference of BIOS.

A good approach would be to have this as default when using i8kmon - but appears it is no longer maintained.

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