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  • Improved ASUS Motherboard Sensor Monitoring To Arrive With Linux 5.18

    Phoronix: Improved ASUS Motherboard Sensor Monitoring To Arrive With Linux 5.18

    While Linux 5.17 is introducing the ASUS WMI EC Sensors driver for greatly expanding Linux's support for hardware sensor coverage on newer ASUS desktop motherboards, already with Linux 5.18 that driver will be deprecated to make way for a new ASUS EC sensor driver replacement...

    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...ors-Linux-5.18

  • #2
    Wonderful!
    Nice to have this kind of support for at least one motherboard manufacturer.

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    • #3
      *sigh* ... so Roeck did actually pull this. Maybe I should look if I find a nice X570 board from Asus now ... although they didn't do anything for this support apparently.
      Does someone know if there are water blocks for chipset and VRMs available for one of those boards?

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      • #4
        Good news. Hopefully some 400-series boards get added before merge window closes. Would be great to see fan controls included at some point as well.

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        • #5
          Sometimes I don't know whether Linux supports new or old hardware better. It's all very different somehow.

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          • #6
            It doesn't matter if it's old or new... What matters is a programmer with knowledge and time gets the hardware and starts to support it..
            I'm sure certain manufacturers are easier to work with compared to others

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            • #7
              The goal should be to give these hardware developers the newest hardware so they can then in turn support the hardware

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ResponseWriter View Post
                Good news. Hopefully some 400-series boards get added before merge window closes. Would be great to see fan controls included at some point as well.
                If you want your board to be supported, build the driver yourself, with your board added to the supported list it includes, and if it works, ask the developers to add it to the list.
                Luckily the developer of the driver has a github repo that makes it easy to build and test it as an external kernel module, and give feedback (via github issue):
                https://github.com/zeule/asus-ec-sensors

                The list of supported boards I'm talking about: https://github.com/zeule/asus-ec-sen...sensors.c#L169

                BTW, not all ASUS boards that look like they might be supported actually work with it.
                For example, the ROG STRIX B550-I GAMING (and also B550-E) are supported, but my ROG STRIX B550-A GAMING doesn't work as it apparently does *not* have that "PNP0C09" Embedded Controller chip at all, despite being from the same ASUS board series (luckily it works fine with the nct6775 driver, though some voltage readings are wrong because their scaling isn't standardidzed, i.e. wildly different between different boards).

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                • #9
                  ROG STRIX B550-E GAMING
                  Sweet, can’t wait to test it out.

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                  • #10
                    It's a pity it's read-only. All of those cool sensors, and the only things you can do with them are log and notify the user if the fan quits. I would almost rather have write-only fan control, since you can almost always get one temperature from the CPU and another from the disk.

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