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 May 17, 2005 - 01:00 PM - by Michael
* Socket 939 thermal diode hacks

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DON'T try this at home. Unless you're feeling brave, and have cash to spare.

It's possible to hack the thermal diode on a Socket 939 processor. The purpose is to hook the diode up to an external reader for on-the-fly temperature analysis.

Again: Do NOT try this at home.

I want to close this article by saying that, for most readers, this modification is a really bad idea. The BIOS will not read a diode temperature afterwards (unconnected diode will always read -128C) so PWM fan control will no longer work. You run the risk of overheating your system because there's no thermal throttling or protection if the diode is always reporting such a ridiculously low temperature.


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