[kde-linux] Fan runs continuously

Gregg Morris gremorris at gmail.com
Mon Jul 11 04:24:00 UTC 2005

Thanks for the suggestions. There is no "furious" process that I can
see. No process is using more than about 2.5% of the CPU. I'll try to
monitor the CPU temperature and see if I can learn anything.

On 7/10/05, christophe <christophe.dr at free.fr> wrote:
> Le dimanche 10 Juillet 2005 20:51, Gregg Morris a écrit:
> > Hello--
> > I'm running SuSE 9.2 Pro on a Toshiba Satellite 2805-S402 (P-III
> > 850MHz, 256M Ram) laptop. When using KDE as my window manager, the
> > laptop's fan runs continuously. If I use another window manager, like
> > WindowMaker or FVWM, the fan behaves as I expect it to (cycling on and
> > off periodically).
> > Can anyone suggest how I might debug this? I thought about just
> > killing KDE processes one by one, but that seems way too brute force!
> > Can I try something a little more intelligent than that?
> Well, did you try to run a 'top' in a konsole terminal or to run
> 'ksysguard' (ctrl + esc) to check if there is a process eating the whole cpu
> time. This would explain why your cpu is eating and then why your fan is
> running fast to cool it down.
> If find the guilty process eating all ur cpu time, you can then find the
> problem.
> If the fan continuous run is not caused by a 'furious' process there is
> another solution : You can monitor cpu temperature and fan speed by
> installing lm_sensors (run sensors-detect to configure it) and ksensors (or
> gkrellm). if ur sensor chip is able to, you can also use /etc/sensors.conf
> (in lm_sensors package) to set the fan speed according to cpu temperature.
> --
> Christophe
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