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statico (5018)

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Wednesday June 01, 2005
11:46 PM

cooling yaks and shaving them

[ #24997 ]

My computer is loud. When I built the machine two years ago, I aimed for reliability, and I didn't want anything to even approach a melting point. Thus, I invested thirty bucks in (at the time) the mother of all CPU coolers, the Thermaltake Volcano 9.

Another component that's made the last couple of years interesting is my ASUS A7N8X Deluxe motherboard. The A7N8X is a fine motherboard for Windows users. The nForce chipset, however, quickly becomes an annoyance to any geek who likes to play with operating systems other than Windows. (Let's not even begin to talk about the trouble I had with FreeBSD, which later developments suggest might have been related to Firewire.)

Yesterday I decided if I could get lm-sensors up and running on Ubuntu to monitor my processor temperature and fan speed. In the past, lm-sensors has given me nothing but trouble, but recent versions seem to find the sensors, with mixed success.

In searching for information regarding my motherboard and the software for the sensors, I stumbled across and interesting post! Let's look at it paragraph-by-paragraph with my reactions inline:

I'm using the ASUS A7N8X deluxe motherboard and Hoary.

No shit! Finally, someone else in the same boat.

Sound works, but I haven't figured out how to do multiple channels and/or set up the mixer correctly. Beep Media Player plays fine using either the Alsa or OSS output plugins, however, nothing will play while BMP is playing. Also, the alsamixer shows a gigantic pile of options and output thingies -- almost overwhelming.

Go read the Dmix HOWTO like everybody else. It takes a whole ten minutes to make sure everything works properly. Plus, you can turn options in the mixer off -- everybody knows that.

No luck with lm-sensors yet. sensors-detect finds a pile of stuff, but nothing seems to actually report anything back.

Eh? lm-sensors mostly works for me. I'm not sure which temperature sensors I should be reading, let alone if those calculations are accurate. The fan speed is multiplied by two, also.

Other than that, everything is fine.

Yeah, Ubuntu is really working well for m...


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