CPU fan isn't working [solved]

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CPU fan isn't working [solved]

Postby poch » 2010-04-03 15:15

Hi,

I have an Acer Aspire 7720Z, and running Debian Squeeze/Sid.
My problem is the cpu fan is not working, and I don't have a clue how to solve the problem.
When the CPU temperature becomes too high, the laptop stops, so it's very annoying. I can't compile anything, or run an "heavy" software.

The fan is working, just after the boot before grub menu or under Windows Vista there is no problem so that is not a hardware problem.

I've installed lm-sensors, the output is
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acpitz-virtual-0
Adapter: Virtual device
temp1:       +40.0°C  (crit = +100.0°C)                 

coretemp-isa-0000
Adapter: ISA adapter
Core 0:      +68.0°C  (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C) 

coretemp-isa-0001
Adapter: ISA adapter
Core 1:      +68.0°C  (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C) 

, as you can see nothing related to the fan.

The pwmconfig is not working, output is
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/usr/sbin/pwmconfig: There are no pwm-capable sensor modules installed


The temperature in /proc/acpi/thermal_zone/TZ01/temperature is always 0 or 40°C.

Do you have any possible solution?

Thanks in advance

P.
Last edited by poch on 2010-04-03 17:07, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: CPU fan isn't working

Postby Bulkley » 2010-04-03 16:09

poch wrote:The fan is working, just after the boot before grub menu or under Windows Vista there is no problem so that is not a hardware problem.

Don't bet on it. A sticking fan can drive you nuts. It stops - you turn the machine over to look at it and it works, etc. I would start this with a new fan. It is cheaper than some of the alternatives.
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Re: CPU fan isn't working

Postby hameau » 2010-04-03 16:48

Acer Aspires seem to suffer from many fan control issues, even with Windows. On machines that I have first-hand experience of, the fan control is handled by an additional Acer utility; installing a different version of Windows breaks fan control there, too.

Check for availability of a BIOS update first.

There is a script for fixing this on Acers running 64-bit Linux (originally submitted on the kernel bug tracker, I think). Try Googling for "acer_fancontrol" (with quotes) – there may be something in the various forum posts to point you in the right direction.

If you do get it working, check for proper fan operation after resuming from sleep or hibernate – that caught me out on one machine.
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Re: CPU fan isn't working

Postby poch » 2010-04-03 17:06

hameau wrote:Acer Aspires seem to suffer from many fan control issues, even with Windows. On machines that I have first-hand experience of, the fan control is handled by an additional Acer utility; installing a different version of Windows breaks fan control there, too.

Check for availability of a BIOS update first.

There is a script for fixing this on Acers running 64-bit Linux (originally submitted on the kernel bug tracker, I think). Try Googling for "acer_fancontrol" (with quotes) – there may be something in the various forum posts to point you in the right direction.

If you do get it working, check for proper fan operation after resuming from sleep or hibernate – that caught me out on one machine.


Ok it seems to work... Actually, I found the thread about fan issue in the kernel bug tracker this morning, but didn't see the script attached :oops:

So the script appears to work as well for 32 bits Linux, I can see the temperature going down when the fan starts...

Thanks for the response.

P.
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