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From the links to the nvidia forums I think it’s clear that this is nvidia messing with fan speeds to take care of their failing hardware. To post a comment you must log in. Personally, I prefer having a low-noise laptop, with better battery life, even if I run a small risk of overheating. Nominated for Intrepid by Adam Porter. On the other hand, maybe my chipset was never broken and the driver may detect the faulty chips in a smarter way now – it’s possible that people with other NVidia chipsets will still have problems. Dell XPS, after upgrading to Ibex, sounded like trying to take off the desk using its fan.

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nVidia 177.80 Released!

Searching for answers I found http: My problem is not fixed yet. In any case you should be able to regress a BIOS using the Linux tool, I did this to convert from A10 back to A09, so it may work if you find the noise to be a bit much Though I doubt this will be the case Temperature reduced to 46 Celsius by reverting to driver This was right from startup after the computer had been off for a while.

Phoronix Test Suite OpenBenchmarking. The fan was hvidia noisy, starting and stopping very often. Not sure which model laptop you are having a problem with, but for the XPS M it seems that updating the BIOS to at least version A12 A13 is the latest version at this time cures the intermittent fan problem.


Over the course of the past few months we have seen several NVIDIA Linux drivers that have all been marked as beta with the last official release nvvidia in April. Loki diego-fernandez-fernandez wrote on And by slow do you mean laggy?

If you haven’t already, please include in the bug: Yes, the fan still spins all the time, but it’s slower and quiet now at normal temperatures. GBR – United Kingdom.

I’ve been watching the system with i8kmon and it seems to be behaving reasonably with the fan off most of the time. Nominated for Intrepid by Mvidia Porter.

I noticed some others have updated their 177.08 but from what I can tell they say it didnt really solve the issue? Previously, GPU core was idling at 41 Celsius but following a recent update, it began idling at 59 Celsius with the fan coming on loudly.

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I have to downgrade to v but the nasty side-effect is that alt-tabbing and Compiz is sluggish which makes it unusable. But in all fairness I don’t know the severity of the changes as a result of A12 and if I would really notice much. Upgrading the BIOS only and keeping nVidia driver version did not solve the issue for me as it looks like it did for some in the posts above.


I’m having the same issue. Federico Ramallo framallo wrote on Last week I decided to upgrade the Vista nvidia driver from the Dell website in the hopes of correcting a resolution changing problem.

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Most notably, these improvements fix the 2D performance problems that have been plaguing newer GeForce series and commonly with the KDE 4. Kernel driver in use: My name is Jason ‘vanRijn’ Kasper.

This bug affects 9 people. Tristan Rivoallan tristan-rivoallan wrote on I did have the same problem on my Dell M running Jaunty with nvidia Ben upcroft wrote on I started monitoring temperature as the fan started running a lot more than with Intrepid.

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With Dell replacing it in the next business day if anything happens. I’ve just updated to bios A14, and things are better now. Bernhard Bock bernhard-bock wrote on James james-ellis-gmail wrote on I would hazard a guess that the nvidia driver is continually increasing the fan speed to full, whilst another driver is correcting the 177.0 speed, thus causing the intermittent changes.