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#1 2006-06-02 08:40:05

idjut
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From: Oslo
Registered: 2006-05-15
Posts: 176

My usually quiet centrino laptop wont stop the fan

I used to love how quiet my computer was running arch with fluxbox, but now for no apparent reason the fan just goes off and doesnt stop until I reboot. Quitting x doesnt help and I dont understand from ps aux what it is that should take so much cpu. Cpu is now alternating from 99% to 100% and I run fluxbox, gkrellm, gaim and opera. It wasnt like this in gnome on ubuntu with several more heavy apps up.

Machine is ecs g553, 1,6 ghz, 256 ddrr-ram.

Here is the output of ps aux:

USER       PID %CPU %MEM    VSZ   RSS TTY      STAT START   TIME COMMAND
root         1  0.0  0.2   1476   540 ?        S    04:38   0:00 init [3]
root         2  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S    04:38   0:00 [migration/0]
root         3  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        SN   04:38   0:00 [ksoftirqd/0]
root         4  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S    04:38   0:00 [watchdog/0]
root         5  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   04:38   0:00 [events/0]
root         6  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   04:38   0:00 [khelper]
root         7  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   04:38   0:00 [kthread]
root         9  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   04:38   0:00 [kblockd/0]
root        10  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   04:38   0:00 [kacpid]
root       139  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S    04:38   0:00 [pdflush]
root       140  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S    04:38   0:00 [pdflush]
root       142  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   04:38   0:00 [aio/0]
root       141  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S    04:38   0:00 [kswapd0]
root       217  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   04:38   0:00 [kseriod]
root       262  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   04:38   0:00 [kpsmoused]
root       933  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   04:38   0:00 [ata/0]
root      1102  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S    04:38   0:00 [jfsIO]
root      1103  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S    04:38   0:00 [jfsCommit]
root      1104  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S    04:38   0:00 [jfsSync]
root      1111  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   04:38   0:00 [xfslogd/0]
root      1112  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   04:38   0:00 [xfsdatad/0]
root      1120  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S    04:38   0:00 [kjournald]
root      1172  0.0  0.1   1544   452 ?        S<s  04:38   0:00 /sbin/udevd --d
root      1797  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   04:38   0:00 [khubd]
root      2098  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S    04:38   0:00 [kIrDAd]
root      2121  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   04:38   0:00 [kgameportd]
root      2267  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S    04:38   0:00 [khpsbpkt]
root      2550  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S    04:38   0:00 [pccardd]
root      2551  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S    04:38   0:00 [knodemgrd_0]
root      2983  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S    04:38   0:00 [shpchpd_event]
root      3754  0.0  0.2   1996   688 ?        Ss   04:38   0:00 /usr/sbin/syslo
root      3770  0.0  0.0   1488   208 ?        Ss   04:38   0:00 /sbin/dhcpcd -t
root      3784  0.0  0.2   1508   540 ?        S    04:38   0:00 /usr/sbin/crond
root      3788  0.0  0.4   2136  1064 tty1     Ss   04:38   0:00 /bin/login --
root      3790  0.0  0.2   1468   500 tty3     Ss+  04:38   0:00 /sbin/agetty 38
root      3791  0.0  0.2   1468   500 tty4     Ss+  04:38   0:00 /sbin/agetty 38
root      3792  0.0  0.2   1468   500 tty5     Ss+  04:38   0:00 /sbin/agetty 38
root      3793  0.0  0.2   1472   504 tty6     Ss+  04:38   0:00 /sbin/agetty 38
idjut     3804  0.0  0.7   3548  1760 tty1     S    04:45   0:00 -bash
root      4085  0.0  0.2   1472   504 tty2     Ss+  05:32   0:00 /sbin/agetty 38
idjut     4203 98.9  0.5   3520  1480 ?        Rs   06:05 270:12 alsamixer
idjut     4358  0.0  0.5   3364  1368 tty1     S+   10:29   0:00 /bin/sh /usr/bi
idjut     4374  0.0  0.2   2464   692 tty1     S+   10:29   0:00 xinit /home/idj
root      4375  0.5  9.1  54192 22548 tty7     S<s+ 10:29   0:02 X :0 -auth /hom
idjut     4379  0.0  2.1   8744  5296 tty1     S    10:29   0:00 fluxbox
idjut     4381  0.8 13.3  94116 33072 ?        Ss   10:30   0:04 /usr/lib/opera/
idjut     4393  0.1  6.3  51000 15744 ?        Ss   10:30   0:00 gaim
idjut     4397  0.0  3.5  24056  8796 ?        Ss   10:30   0:00 /usr/lib/scim-1
idjut     4400  0.0  0.3   4140   888 ?        Ss   10:30   0:00 /usr/lib/scim-1
idjut     4401  0.0  1.5  21232  3944 ?        Ssl  10:30   0:00 /usr/lib/scim-1
idjut     4404  0.2  3.7  16868  9288 ?        Ss   10:30   0:01 gkrellm
idjut     4411  0.0  0.6   3608  1516 ?        Ss   10:37   0:00 aterm -name ate
idjut     4412  0.0  0.6   3544  1688 pts/0    Ss+  10:37   0:00 bash
idjut     4415  1.2  0.9   7360  2332 ?        Rs   10:38   0:00 mlterm
idjut     4416  0.3  0.6   3544  1688 pts/1    Ss   10:38   0:00 bash
idjut     4417  0.0  0.3   2576   980 pts/1    R+   10:38   0:00 ps aux

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"Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect." - E. A. Poe from Eleonora

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#2 2006-06-02 08:59:15

JGC
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Re: My usually quiet centrino laptop wont stop the fan

idjut     4203 98.9  0.5   3520  1480 ?        Rs   06:05 270:12 alsamixer

Somehow you have a runaway alsamixer. Kill it tongue

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#3 2006-06-02 09:13:52

idjut
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From: Oslo
Registered: 2006-05-15
Posts: 176

Re: My usually quiet centrino laptop wont stop the fan

Ahh, excellent! The silence, the silence!! Now I noticed the cpu meter in ps aux.. Handy.


Linux user #403491

"Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect." - E. A. Poe from Eleonora

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#4 2006-06-02 12:17:46

codemac
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From: Cliche Tech Place
Registered: 2005-05-13
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Re: My usually quiet centrino laptop wont stop the fan

pacman -S htop

A nice app that .. well, it'll get to the bottom of things faster than grepping ps output and is more usable than top.

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#5 2006-06-04 19:16:52

idjut
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From: Oslo
Registered: 2006-05-15
Posts: 176

Re: My usually quiet centrino laptop wont stop the fan

htop is a great tip! long live cli


Linux user #403491

"Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect." - E. A. Poe from Eleonora

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#6 2006-06-04 21:30:51

elasticdog
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Registered: 2005-05-02
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Re: My usually quiet centrino laptop wont stop the fan

idjut wrote:

htop is a great tip! long live cli

Indeed!  Very cool application...I've never liked top much, but htop makes things much easier.

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