Alienware fan control in Linux notes

Helpful links

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Fan_Speed_Control#Dell_laptops
https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=248106
https://www.reddit.com/r/Dell/comments/9pdgid/configuring_the_xps_to_play_nice_with_linux

You can use the following commands to “initilize” the fans so the fancontrol can read them.

 sudo modprobe dell-smm-hwmon ignore_dmi=1
sudo sensors-detect

After that is done you should be able to setup a fancontrol config with

sudo pwmconfig

After it is set up you can launch fancontrol to control the fans

sudo fancontrol

If you want to tweak the setting, modify the fancontrol config under

/etc/fancontrol

or run pwmconfig again and replace config.

Sounds like you should be able to add the following to “etc/modprobe.d/dell.conf” to get it to run on boot.

options dell-smm-hwmon ignore_dmi=1

CPU stuck at 800Mhz or (.78Ghz)

Problem: CPU frequency is stuck at about 780 or 800mhz after waking up from sleep.

What causes the issue? Not sure what causes the issue, but seems to have something to do with unplugging the power adapter while putting to sleep or waking the system when it is pluged in after it was put to sleep on battery. Issue is random.

It appears that this issue can be temporarily resolved by disabling BD PROCHOT using ThrottleStop. Make sure the box is unchecked.

Download ThrottleStop from here

Things to try

Restart computer
Unplug and plug the power adapter in while computer is on
Put to sleep, plug or unplug power adapter, rewake up
Some other combination of the above.

More Info

https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/laptop-i5-6300hq-cpu-suddenly-underclocking-stuck-at-0-78-ghz.2949019/
https://www.reddit.com/r/Dell/comments/6jecqd/thermal_throttling_idle/