Tuesday 3 August 2004

Installing the i8k Kernel module at boot in Suse 9.1

I've been trying to get the i8k kernel module to install automatically on my Dell Inspiron 5100 for a while. Managed it at last! What I had to do was:
1. Create /etc/modprobe.d/i8k containing line "options i8k force=1"
2. Edit /etc/sysconfig/kernel and edit line to read "MODULES_LOADED_ON_BOOT=i8k"

I've also installed i8kutils.1.21-1.rpm sp that I can manually control the fan.
"i8kmon" is a little graphical tool to manage the fan
"i8kfan -1 1" Switches the fan to medium speed
"i8kfan -1 2" Swuches the fan to high speed
"cat /proc/i8k" Allows me to read the temperature
Output looks like "1.0 A29 J9F0V0J 50 -22 1 -22 92430 -1 2"
50 is the temperature

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