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Changing Nvidia Fan Speed on Arch Linux

Quite some time ago I made a post about the coolbits option as a way to be able to control nvidia cards fan speed manually on Ubuntu. Things are a little bit different on Arch Linux. For starters xorg.conf has been somewhat deprecated and it’s preferable to make a file such as /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-nvidia.conf with just the bit of information we want to change. We’ll edit/create that file and add something like:

Section "Device"
        Identifier "Nvidia Card"
        Driver "nvidia"
        VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
        Option "NoLogo" "true"
        Option "Coolbits" "4"
EndSection

The speed itself can still be configured through the nvidia-settings application under Thermal Settings. Keep in mind you’ll need nvidia’s proprietary driver for this to work and not the open source nouveau driver.

More info on how to configure other aspects of the driver may be found here at Arch’s Wiki.

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Arch Linux

Since I’m not really enjoying the path Canonical is headed with Ubuntu I was somewhat forced to consider moving to another distribution. I considered OpenSUSE since I had it installed inside a VM and I had really enjoyed it and Tumbleweed would probably give me all I need in terms of package freshness. I also considered going back to Gentoo but I don’t think I’d have it in me to sit and wait for the compile times every single time I wanted to install or update something. In the end my curiosity got the best of me and I decided see to what all the fuss about Arch Linux is about.

I’ve been using it for roughly little more than a month now and I couldn’t be happier. It took some time to get used to it, there’s always a learning curve when changing from distribution to distribution but in this case the curve was gentle enough. It’s publicized as being a somewhat non user friendly distribution but in the end all you have to learn will help you later on. You’ll find yourself being able to fix problems instead of just reinstalling everything just because you don’t even know where to begin with a fix.

Pacman is quite probably the best package manager I’ve used and I’m throwing emerge into the equation. I’m yet to need any sort of software installed that I haven’t found on the Arch User Repository (AUR) and though you should really learn to install AUR packages by hand first, tools like Pacaur and Yaourt turn it into an automated process.

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