[SATLUG] Live CDs can destroy HP Pavilion systems

Cheryl Holmes cherylholmes72 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 13 23:22:29 CDT 2009

I've mpticed some Mobo's are embedded with Winodows crap too.  My sister's
Compaq PC has an ASUS mobo embedded with the stuff..cOn Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at
12:21 PM, Don Wright <satlug at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> 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
> problem.[1]
> 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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