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nvidia fan control with cool bits
« on: December 27, 2018, 05:49:15 pm »
Hello Peppermint and nvidia users. I'm not a linux expert or programmer. I do like to tinker and linux is a great platform to tinker. Over the last few years I have taken from the community. I thought that I could give back in some small measure by sharing my results of an issue that I resolved with nvidia fan speed control. My gpu fan never seems to turn on. Temps are never what i would consider to be too high but electronics last longer when they are keep cool. I am a lite gamer. The following is what I did to get a continuous fan speed.

I need to give credit to these two sources.
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/NVIDIA/Tips_and_tricks#nvidia-settings
http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/346.59/README/xconfigoptions.html

1. Installed proprietary nvidia gpu drivers.
2. Added nvidia-xconfig file
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$ sudo nvidia-xconfig
3. Add fan control to nvidia config file.
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$ sudo nvidia-xconfig --cool-bits=4
4. Add a file called "nvidia-fan-speed". Create with the following content with a text editor and put in the hidden directory /home/"YourUserName"/.config/autostart/
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[Desktop Entry]
Exec=nvidia-settings -a "[gpu:0]/GPUFanControlState=1" -a "[fan:0]/GPUTargetFanSpeed=30"
Name=nvidia-fan-speed
5. The example above gives a fan speed of 30%. You can change to any percentage.
6. You can check your result if you check the "Thermal Settings" in the "NVIDIA X Server Settings" application.
7. If you prefer command line.
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$ nvidia-settings
8. There is a warning that cool-bits could cause system damage and void warranties. I'm not overclocking or changing GPU voltages. I'm just applying some cooling. Use at your own risk.

I hope this saves someone some time if you want some control over your GPU fan.

Steve





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Re: nvidia fan control with cool bits
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2018, 06:11:25 pm »
Very nice tutorial kopyguy, and thanks for sharing :)
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Re: nvidia fan control with cool bits
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2018, 06:14:57 pm »
I owe so much more.  :)

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Re: nvidia fan control with cool bits
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2018, 07:58:18 pm »
You owe nothing my friend, but kudos for the community spirit :)
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