So I've been bashing my face into this and getting nowhere. I am NOT ubuntu savvy and I prefer command line solutions if possible.
I installed i8kutils. I try to turn my fan on HIGH:
i8kfan 2 2 -1 2
I have no idea what -1 means for the fans as I can't find it in the documentation (although I may have missed it). One of my fans turns on with this command and it turns on for about 3 seconds.
With TLP I get:
tlp-stat -t CPU temp = 68 [°C] Fan speed (fan2) = 0 [/min]
I tried fan control as well. I get:
sudo pwmconfig /usr/sbin/pwmconfig: There are no pwm-capable sensor modules installed
I don't know where my issue even lies anymore. I just want the fan. Always on is better than never on. I'd be happy to just run the thing at max if need be. Also, I have no idea how to post terminal output properly in the forums, so feel free to toss that out so I can clean up my post.
Edit: Thank you for the editing help gman! Still dunno how you did it :)
Edit: Installed xsensors 0.70 and it has an i8k tab and a coretemp tab. In the i8k tab I see my temperatures and then my rightfan speed says 84,000 RPM even though it isn't running. The core temps seem to be correct though.