[LinuxBIOS] some more tyan/s2881 questions

Ward Vandewege ward at gnu.org
Fri Apr 21 04:56:00 CEST 2006

On Thu, Apr 20, 2006 at 06:25:29PM -0500, Richard Smith wrote:
> On 4/20/06, Ward Vandewege <ward at gnu.org> wrote:
> > On Mon, Apr 10, 2006 at 04:00:27PM -0700, Lu, Yinghai wrote:
> > > 1. need to add acpi support in s2881 LinuxBIOS support to get it.
> > > Anyway 8111 acpi support is already there in Serengeti_leopard, so it
> > > will be easy to get that.
> >
> > So.... if there is no ACPI support yet for this board in LinuxBIOS, does that
> > mean that there is no automatic fan control in hardware? In other words, that
> > the CPUs will cook if they get too hot, because the fans won't start blowing
> > harder automatically?
> If they do then the hardware designers failed miserably.  Generally
> what I find is that when you first power on the machine the fans come
> on full.  Then the bios takes over.
> What happens in the case when the power supply is going flaky and
> machine glitches on startup and doesn't fully boot?
> If you pull the bios chip and then power up the board and the fans
> don't come on full then I would find a different manufacturer since
> that one is just waiting to cook itself in a crash.

So far I'm really happy with Tyan and this board in particular. I'll see if I
can try that tomorrow. I'd be surprised if the fans don't do the right thing.


Ward Vandewege <ward at fsf.org>
Free Software Foundation - Senior System Administrator

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