[svlug] Weird fan sounds

Jesse Monroy jesse650 at gmail.com
Sat Aug 20 16:12:05 PDT 2011


You will certainly be able to tell when you open it. There are no
demons inside. This is the word of BSD guy. LOL.

Jesse

On 8/20/11, Bill Ward <bill at wards.net> wrote:
> I don't know if it's even possible to replace the fan, this is just a cheapo
> E-Machines PC not one I assembled from parts...
>
> On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 3:29 PM, John Sokol <john.sokol at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> I have to go with Jesse on this and think you should make sure it's not a
>> hardware issue before trying to play with the OS and software.
>>
>> I can't even count how many times I've seen fans go weird, running slow,
>> squeaking, buzzing, whirring, speeding up and slowing down. It's always
>> been
>> the hardware.
>>
>> Usually if I deliberately run something cpu intensive for a minute or so,
>> then I will hear the fan kick up. You could do such a test,
>>  There are a number of Windows apps that will show cpu temperatures and
>> allow you to generate loads on the cpu.
>>
>> In your case you can just generate a load and see how the fan reacts,. I
>> know there's a linux module to read fan speeds temps etc. too. forget the
>> name now.
>>
>> John
>>
>>
>> On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 2:57 PM, Bill Ward <bill at wards.net> wrote:
>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 2:38 PM, Don Marti <dmarti at zgp.org> wrote:
>>>
>>>> begin Bill Ward quotation of Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 01:42:30PM -0700:
>>>>
>>>> >  I have an Ubuntu Linux PC in my living room that seems to be running
>>>> just
>>>> > fine, except for one thing - strange fan noises. Every couple of
>>>> seconds it
>>>> > does a little "vroom" noise, then stops immediately, repeating
>>>> regularly.
>>>> > Nothing in the log files indicates anything is awry.
>>>>
>>>> Just a guess, but couple of seconds -- something like
>>>> five seconds?  Or whatever is in
>>>>  /proc/sys/vm/dirty_writeback_centisecs
>>>> ?
>>>>
>>>
>>> My sysadmin-fu halted when I switched to programming for a day job ... I
>>> could administer a SunOS 4.x machine just fine, but /proc is a newer
>>> innovation that I've never really grokked.
>>>
>>> I haven't timed it, but I will check that "file" and time it.
>>>
>>>
>>>>
>>>> Are you running with any encrypted partitions?
>>>> That can make writing out the page cache more
>>>> cpu-intensive.
>>>>
>>>
>>> Nope.
>>>
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