Sometime in the past week, my Framework went from running fine to running like molasses. You know the feeling, Explorer windows paint on
I’ve checked all the usual suspects - CPU and RAM utilization, free HD space, latest drivers, etc. Nothing has helped.
I’m now running Core Temp and am noticing that the CPU is rarely getting about 5.0 watts with the temperatures rarely hitting 50C.
I then ran Fan Control and set the fan speed to various numbers - 30%, 90% and everywhere in between and have not seen any changes.
And then it dawned on me…I don’t here the fan.
Could a dead fan be the cause of this problem? I would have thought that a dead would have allowed the CPU temps to climbs high before the CPU throttled itself down. But maybe the Framework throttles itself when it can’t turn the fan on?
I have ordered a new fan. Hopefully that will fix things. But could there be something that I’m not getting?
So the oddest thing has happened. As I mentioned last week, my CPU was stuck at 0.4 Ghz, which was great for battery life but awful for productivity.
On Saturday, I unplugged the Framework and stuck it in my backpack. I was going away and always pack it in case something come up.
I didn’t use it Saturday.
On Sunday evening, I was back home and pulled the laptop out to start researching how to address this issue. And when I turned on the laptop - unplugged - it was back to normal! The CPU was working normally and the fan was turning on as needed.
It’s Monday afternoon now and the laptop continues to function properly. The only thing I can surmise is that the laptop had been plugged in for at least a week and somehow 36 hours of it being unplugged and in hibernate mode magically unstuck it!
I hope that the Framework team is monitoring this and that it helps them identify what the root cause is.
Just another data point - my Framework Chromebook does this any time it is charging below 80%. So far I have just made sure I am always fully charged and my work schedule doesn’t require me to unplug often. It can be super annoying when you’re pegged at 400 MHz though.
Just ran into this myself. Laptop was running a game at as fast as it could for a few hours, then I started hearing the audio break up with massive frame loss. Checked task manager, 0.4GHz and no audible fan. After a few minutes the fan spooled itself back up, only to come down again some time later. Laptop was at 100% battery, plugged in, and sitting on a flat hard surface.
Seems like it might be a firmware? fan control issue since I don’t have any applications running (that I know of) that can take control of the fan.
If there’s any kind of profiling I can run to help troubleshoot let me know, I’m willing to help where I can to chase it down.