So im trying ubuntu again after being off it for awhile in win7 i can set gpu fan to 10-30% and its barly reaching 52c , however with ubuntu nvidia set it to 55% wich is really loud on my msi 460gtx.

This is the only thing that keeps me from using ubuntu is there really no program or way to set manually like msi afterburner / evga precision , temperature curve & fan speed?.

Default fan is way to loud and its barly 3 c diffrence from 25% gpu fan speed to 55% but the noise is alot more.


In the terminal run:

sudo nvidia-xconfig
sudo nvidia-xconfig --cool-bits=4

restart your computer and search for NVIDIA X Server Settings in the Dash. There should be an option to change fan speed under Thermal Settings.

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    To provide some more explanations: This will generate a completely new xorg.conf and also adds Option "Coolbits" "4" to Section "Screen". And the application called NVIDIA X Server Settings is nvidia-settings. – scai Nov 18 '15 at 14:43

Try sudo apt-get install nvclock

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    it says, Unable to locate this package. – Kongsea Dec 1 '17 at 12:20
  1. Install nvclock as someone above pointed out
  2. Open terminal
  3. nvclock -f -F 80 (in this case, fan would run @ 80%)
  • I have Sony Vaio with Geforce 310m. The same issue. When I use nvclock I am getting the reply: $ sudo nvclock -f -F 80 Unable to shadow the video bios Error: Your card doesn't support fanspeed adjustments! – Oleksa Sep 1 '13 at 8:20

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