i8k

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This article describes the setup of i8k, a kernel module to monitor cpu temperature and control fan speed on Dell laptops.

Installation

There is no need to install i8k kernel module as i8k kernel module comes ready in most recent (2014) kernels.

Kernel

If compiling a customized kernel, you need to activate the following options:

KERNEL
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:

root #modprobe i8k force=1
Warning
Loading the driver on an untested laptop can crash the system.

Software

i8kutils contains the user-space programs needed to handle the data provided by the i8k kernel module.

Add-ons

External resources