Hopefully this is in the right forum. Otherwise, it can be moved to LMDE.
I have been running LMDE on my trusty ThinkPad x200s as my primary workstation. I have been running this laptop almost continuously for five years under various distributions of Linux; It tends to run hot. Very hot and cooling is definitely a requirement. I monitor temperatures and fan RPM via GKrellm out of habit...
2 weeks ago, my fan made some funny noises and the rpm dropped to zero. No cooling. The temperatures shot up and I shutdown gracefully. My conclusion was that the old fan gave up and I replaced it with a new fan. Less than 24 hours after the new fan was installed it, too, dropped to 0 rpm. A quick reboot had the fan spinning again and it is working as normal.
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I'm trying to figure out why LMDE would disable my fan and leave it off, even as the CPU temps climb well above normal. Any ideas? Suggestions?
I would prefer not to keep the fan on 100% of the time a that is wasteful and a kludge, not a fix.