New I8k fan control version

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New I8k fan control version

  • Hello,

    I've published a new version of the I8k fan control tool today. The following features were added :

    1. Integration into system tray
    2. Automatic setting of fan speed on startup
    3. Automatic fan on/off cycling via timer

    The site has moved and is now here:

    http://www.diefer.de/micha_henze/i8kfangui.html

    Regards,
    Michael


  • What... no mental telepathy interface yet?
    Tremendous thankyou for giving that away. I think you could make some money out of something so in-demand.

    Signed, iKlaatu
    Inspiron 8000A16
    800MHz P3 100MHz FSBDual UltraATA100 IDE
    64MB PC100
    512MB PC133 SDRAM
    32MB ATI M4 AGP 4X14.1" SXGA+ TFT Active Matrix
    10GB HD Hitachi UltraATA66 4200rpm8X|4X|24X CD-RW Sony CRX700E fixed8X DVD Toshiba SD-C2402 modular1.44MB Floppy NEC
    Mini-PCI Combo 56K LT + 10|100 ActionTec
    59WHr Battery
    WinME
    4-Color Kit
    $2326+86Jan. 26, '01 DellTalk: iKlaatu
  • You're a PEACH!!!

    You've added my only desired enhancement... automatic setting on startup!!!

    The others enhancements are purely wonderful!!

    John McLean
    (512) 746-5205

    John McLean
    (512) 746-5205
  • Thank you Michahenze!

    Something I waited for a very very long time... the only true fan fix :) You really belong to the Hall of fame :)

    Could you make some changes to the source code of the command line version so that it could compile under FreeBSD/Linux? The code has to be ANSI C. Please try if you have time, I'll be glad to test it for you.

    Best regards,

    Driad

  • Thanks again. Nice job!

  • Hi:

    It's already been ported to linux
    look in this subject for "i8kfan for linux"



    Thanks again Michael
    this is a super utility

    Frank

  • Michael:
    After upgrading my I8k BIOS to A17, I installed your latest fan control tool. Now the brief automatic fan test on WinME bootup no longer works, and neither fan turns on automatically during operation. I've set the Options to "Enable Autostart/No changge" for both fans, but neither fan turns on automatically, although the inner fan used to do so frequently. I now must enable each fan manually after bootup, and leave them on. How does one get your fan control tool to automatilly turn on and off at the same temperatures set in the BIOS?
    Is it possible that your program has overriden the BIOS's automatic fan control? If so, how do I give the temperature control back to the BIOS or, in the alternative, how do I uninstall your program (it is not listed in Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs)? Am I missing something?
    Thanks for any help.



  • c0ldfusi0n wrote:
    - Michael:
    - After upgrading my I8k BIOS to A17, I installed your
    - latest fan control tool. Now the brief automatic
    - fan test on WinME bootup no longer works, and
    - neither fan turns on automatically during operation.
    - I've set the Options to "Enable Autostart/No
    - changge" for both fans, but neither fan turns on
    - automatically, although the inner fan used to do so
    - frequently.

    "No change" means exactly what it says: No change. The program is just started and put in the tray. Nothing else happens. So the fans will only come up when the BIOS thinks it's time to.

    - I now must enable each fan manually
    - after bootup, and leave them on.

    Yes, of course. You have do so as long as you use "No change" as autostart speed.

    - How does one get
    - your fan control tool to automatilly turn on and off
    - at the same temperatures set in the BIOS?

    When you want the program to act like the BIOS, where is the need for the program ?

    -
    - Is it possible that your program has overriden the
    - BIOS's automatic fan control?

    Maybe. I don't know. Did you read the warnings ?

    - If so, how do I give
    - the temperature control back to the BIOS or, in the
    - alternative, how do I uninstall your program (it is
    - not listed in Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs)?
    - Am I missing something?

    Under WinMe the program is just the executable. Just delete it, then it's uninstalled. The BIOS gets the control back at least at every reboot, or suspend.

    Michael


  • Hmmm. Are you talking about the timer feature being used to start and stop it at a specified rate? Or just the slow/fast/off settings?

    Anyway, I think I've had the same kind of thing happen. I attribute it to how the utility and BIOS interact. Or rather intercept. The fan isn't on at startup here either while the utility is set to run at startup. I've put it at fan 1 no change (inner) and fan 2 slow (outer).
    Not so sure it's really the utility or the new A17 BIOS. Reason I can't imagine it's actually the utility is because that's run under Windows after loading. The fan test should be during POST, I think.

    Signed, iKlaatu
    Inspiron 8000A16
    800MHz P3 100MHz FSBDual UltraATA100 IDE
    64MB PC100
    512MB PC133 SDRAM
    32MB ATI M4 AGP 4X14.1" SXGA+ TFT Active Matrix
    10GB HD Hitachi UltraATA66 4200rpm8X|4X|24X CD-RW Sony CRX700E fixed8X DVD Toshiba SD-C2402 modular1.44MB Floppy NEC
    Mini-PCI Combo 56K LT + 10|100 ActionTec
    59WHr Battery
    WinME
    4-Color Kit
    $2326+86Jan. 26, '01 DellTalk: iKlaatu

  • iKlaatu wrote:
    - Hmmm. Are you talking about the timer feature being
    - used to start and stop it at a specified rate? Or
    - just the slow/fast/off settings?

    I'm talking about the autostart feature and the settings for it in the options dialog.

    -
    - Anyway, I think I've had the same kind of thing
    - happen. I attribute it to how the utility and BIOS
    - interact. Or rather intercept. The fan isn't on at
    - startup here either while the utility is set to run
    - at startup. I've put it at fan 1 no change (inner)
    - and fan 2 slow (outer).

    I've tested exactly this under WinME now and it works for me. The inner fan is left off and the outer fan starts spinning at slow speed on login.

    - Not so sure it's really the utility or the new A17
    - BIOS. Reason I can't imagine it's actually the
    - utility is because that's run under Windows after
    - loading. The fan test should be during POST, I
    - think.
    -

    I'm using the new A17 BIOS, too. And I didn't experience any problems yet (on the I8k and the Latitude CPt). In fact, I tested it over a week during my normal work (with A14 and A17 now). The settings for the autostart feature are stored in the Registry at the key

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\MH\I8KFAN

    The following entries must have the corresponding values for the autostart feature to work with your settings:

    "AutoInnerSpeed" = 0 (DWORD)
    "AutoOuterSpeed" = 2 (DWORD)
    "Autostart" = 1 (DWORD)

    The program itself is started by an entry in the key

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    There must be the entry

    "i8kfangui" = ""

    I verified it and the values in the registry are correct.

    Do you have the same settings in the registry ?
    Does the tray icon appear on startup ?

    Michael


  • - [...]
    -
    - HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre
    - ntVersion\Run
    -
    - There must be the entry
    -
    - "i8kfangui" = ""

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Ooops. Of course I mean this:

    "i8kfangui" = path to i8kfangui.exe (as string)

    Sorry,
    Michael


  • Where can I find giveio driver for IK8000 and W2K? Thanks.

    MaoI8000

    nhmao@home.com

  • Michael! You are my hero!!! It works flawlessly.

    That aside.. .. I really wonder why Dell hasn't developed such a program themselves. Are they scared to release it? Dell should buy the program from you, and include it with every new computer they sell. You could make some serious $$$

    Keep up the excellent work. Your latest enhancements have made the program very easy and convenient to use.

    Ryan



    My computer:
    Inspiron 8000
    Running at 850MHz (an Intel® Pentium® III Processor) on a 15." SXGA+TFT display
    With 192Mb memory (SDRAM,2DIMM )
    8x max variable DVD-ROM
    miniPCI 56K (V.90) + 10/100 Ethernet
    32MB ATI Mobility M4 3D Video 4X AGP
    20GB Ultra ATA/100 Hard Drive
    Microsoft® Windows® Millennium
    Plus other goodies that the I8000 has!
    Also, I have a website with a review of my Inspiron8000 at this address:
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    email me if you wanna know more
  • I can't thank you enough for making my I8000 useful for DV editing - what it was intended for at purchase. you da man!

  • Thank you Michael.

    I was just looking at the source, and noticed it is about 10 lines of assembler, so I thought "goody, lets port it over to linux now". Hah! Didn't need to - thanks dizzy!

    Until today, I didn't even know there was a inner fan!

    Question: If I turn the fan on, then turn it back off, will the BIOS then be able to turn it back on, or does it forever (well, until reboot), reliunquish control to the user? Unfotunately, I never did succeed in getting the linux drivers to read the temperature, and I would rather trust the Dell engineers turn to the fan on at The Right Time.

    TimC.