Subject: Re: cool AMD
To: Michal 'hramrach' Suchanek <>
From: Patrick Welche <>
List: port-i386
Date: 07/20/2005 11:25:39
On Wed, Jul 20, 2005 at 12:42:04AM +0200, Michal 'hramrach' Suchanek wrote:
> Athlons do not have the feature that exists in Intel CPUs that just
> halts them when they get too hot. IIRC the newer XP Athlons do have some
> thermal sensors but rely on external circuity present on the mainboard
> to evaluate the readings. So it is not as reliable as the Intel
> solution.

So I do run the risk of frying it if I'm not careful..

> But if you read the temperature with some sensor and it says it is OK,
> it is probably so. Unless the sensor reading is incorrectly interpreted
> in the driver. You can also try to look at the hardware monitoring in
> bios. That could give you some idea what temperatures to expect.
> The sensor itself should not be dead as the Windows program can read it.
> I am using a system where the CPU runs at temperatures around 60C
> and the readings from sensors are similar to what bios shows.

Nice to have a ball park temperature figure..

> Unfortunately I cannot run NetBSD on the system as it cannot access the
> hardrive.

What happens when you try?