The internal fan on Toshiba laptops is designed to cool the machine down
when it gets hot. The fan is linked to a thermocouple and will automatically
turn on to prevent the laptop over heating.
However on older laptops this is overseen by the BIOS and does not work
under a 32bit operating system such as Linux. While it does work on recent
laptops what might be fine for the laptop is often too hot for the user. The
ability to turn the fan on and keep the laptop that little bit cooler is a
relief for many a user.
I have added a number of new options to the fan program. These are a toggle
mode that will turn it on if it is off and vice versa, and automatic mode that
will turn the fan on if the laptop is currently being powered by the mains.
The current version of the fan program will work on all Toshiba Pentium(tm)
laptops that have a cooling fan. If you have previously used a version of the
fan program that did not work on your laptop, please get the update to the
There is now a Microsoft Windows version of the fan program. Unlike the
Linux version it is shareware. So if you want to keep using it beyond verifying
that it works you need to pay. For more information and a download click