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Paper Tape
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Thinkpad X1 using Ubuntu 12.04: Terrible fan noise

I think the title says it all. I'm using the Thinkpad X1 with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS installed, and the fan noise is just horrible. Without thinkfan enabled, it stays at 4000 rpm all the time. I have now enabled thinkfan and am using the standard settings. With these, the fan will go off even during browsing, when opening Thunderbird etc.

 

Can a Lenovo person tell me what Thinkfan thresholds are safe to use with the Thinkpad X1? Or even better, provide me with a principled solution?

 

I've really liked this notebook, but the fan just totally destroys my positive opinion.

 

Thanks.

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Location: vienna
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Betreff: Thinkpad X1 using Ubuntu 12.04: Terrible fan noise

same problem here a solution would be nice

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Re: Thinkpad X1 using Ubuntu 12.04: Terrible fan noise

Hi there

Which BIOS version does your system have? I use 12.04 on my X1 and I didnt face any issues as yours.
Paper Tape
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Re: Thinkpad X1 using Ubuntu 12.04: Terrible fan noise

Hi,
I'm using the current release of the BIOS, so that can't be the reason (or are you using an older version which might be less buggy for some reason?).

Thanks!
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Re: Thinkpad X1 using Ubuntu 12.04: Terrible fan noise

Nope using the latest version.
Paper Tape
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Re: Thinkpad X1 using Ubuntu 12.04: Terrible fan noise

Do you know if Lenovo people are reading/participating in discussions here?
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Re: Thinkpad X1 using Ubuntu 12.04: Terrible fan noise

People from lenovo participate from time to time but,since your notebook came pre-installed with Windows,I cannot guarantee that you will get an official answer.
Paper Tape
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Re: Thinkpad X1 using Ubuntu 12.04: Terrible fan noise

I have an x1 with current BIOS and an SSD drive and my fans run quiet. I run only Ubuntu on this machine.
Paper Tape
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Re: Thinkpad X1 using Ubuntu 12.04: Terrible fan noise

A daemon which regulates fan has to be installed. Thinkfan comes with the Ubuntu 12.04 repositories. Once installed you have to set it up following these instructions http://thinkwiki.de/Thinkfan or some similar (as those are in German).

It works nice for my X1.

 

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Re: Thinkpad X1 using Ubuntu 12.04: Terrible fan noise

What thresholds are you using? I don't want to ruin my device just because Lenovo is not willing to help us.

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