I have a 9600GT PCX nvidia graphics card and I'm using the proprietary drivers version 180.29 on a Debian linux desktop.
The problem I have is the following:
Whenever X is not started on my server, the GPU fan speed is at 100%. The reason is that
1) nvidia driver starts adjustung GPU fan speed only when X starts. When X stops, the driver stops adjusting the fan speed.
2) When not adjusted by the driver, default fan speed of the GPU is 100% (I assume it's the defaut from the GPU BIOS)
The noise is terrible and might be quite unhealthy for the fan. You should hear it (I assume you have
So, first, I'm worried about the durability of my fan when it does such a jetplane noise during boot, from power-up to the start of the X server.
Second, the noise is such that it's not practically workable to stop X when I don't need to work in the GUI, even though I would like to.
What are the solutions to this problem?
I guess it comes down to either reduce the default fan speed (preferred), or tell the nvidia driver to keep adjusting the fan speed when X does not run.
Any help appreciated on solving this issue. Thanks by advance.