[SATLUG] Live CDs can destroy HP Pavilion systems

Don Wright satlug at sbcglobal.net
Thu Aug 13 12:21:35 CDT 2009

To follow up on Howard's presentation last night, I found this while
updating our Computer Show inventory for August 29. (www.pcshows.com)

Certain video cards in HP Pavilion systems have a bug in the firmware
that causes the video fan to run at very high speeds - destroying the
fan if you're not running software (such as HP-Vista) that knows how to
control the speed. Several users of Live CD distros have reported this

Bottom line: If you're running anything not given to you by the
manufacturer, watch out for the "smart" features of your PC that might
not be working. It can be an expensive fix.  --Don

[1] http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=579000

I just realized the USB stick I casually loaned somebody has more capacity
than all the disk drives at my university (and cost less than one textbook.)

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