I haven’t been taking too many photos last week, and none at all yesterday. Why?
Well first I was busy with the new Debian 7.0, also known as “Wheezy”. I installed it last week Monday, and until now I never looked back. Tho there are still a few things missing (like a working lm-sensors shell extension, more to that one later), and tho my brother Willi had some serious troubles with his older onboard Nvidia 6150 graphic and the new and free ‘nouveau’ video driver, I pretty much liked what I saw. So while I installed it into a separate / (root) partition from my older Debian 6.x (aka “Squeeze”), I never really felt the need to look back. You have to use a system to get to know it, right?
The weather still isn’t that nice, with single-digit Celsius temperatures at times, so we haven’t been out for too long. But whenever we could get out, and if it was only for a few minutes, we did. I posted some of the photos I took, but it wasn’t much.
And yesterday morning, my PC greeted me with the message “CPU Fan Error – press <F1> to resume”. Checking the BIOS showed me that the fan was spinning with some 300 RPM, and even less right after I started the machine. So after some searching and digging around, yesterday evening I installed Mitchie’s old and original “boxed” fan onto my CPU, and when starting it with that one, it showed rotations of over 800 RPM right after the start. Much better, and I was really glad that it actually was the fan only, instead of some mainboard PWM failure, maybe due to some old capacitor or such – that would have been impossible to repair without changing the whole mainboard.
If only Gnome 3.4 had a working lm-sensors shell extension (formerly these were called ‘applets’) to show me the machine health and those rotations while it’s running – see update below – but maybe I can configure ‘conky’ to show me the output of sensord. Later. But to get an idea of what I’m talking writing about, here’s what the sensors-applet (still on Gnome 2) shows me on my Lenovo Thinkpad at work:
While my machine was still running fine this morning, this server and this web page weren’t, so I also had to care for that. Sorry if you’ve tried to access lonien.de or if you sent some mail and got any errors; should be fixed right now.
Ok. On to paid work now. And later, hopefully, I can also take some photos again.
Thanks for reading.
Update from 20:45, same day: Seems I was unfair to xtranophilist. Always read first, complain later. His suggestion to run
worked very well, and now I have a working sensor output again. Looks like this as long as I don’t open it to show much more:
Thanks again for reading, and thanks to xtranophilist as well!