This article describes the setup of i8k, a kernel module to monitor cpu temperature and control fan speed on Dell laptops.
There is no need to install i8k kernel module as i8k kernel module comes ready in most recent (2014) kernels.
If compiling a customized kernel, you need to activate the following options:
Processor type and features ---> <M> Dell laptop support
When the module is loaded, there is a check. If your laptop is supported, ok. If not, the module will fail to load.
If you want to load the module anyway, put the option
force=1 right after the command as shown below:
modprobe i8k force=1
Loading the driver on an untested laptop can crash the system.
- app-laptop/i8kutils - Fan control for Dell laptops
i8kutils contains the user-space programs needed to handle the data provided by the i8k kernel module.