Lilbits: Steam Deck software update, beginning of the end for the Pixel 3a, and Audacity in the Microsoft Store

Valve’s latest beta software update for the Steam Deck brings experimental support for controlling screen refresh rate in games and allows the Linux-based operating system to control fan speed as well as timing. where the fan first activates, which can reduce unwanted noise in some circumstances.

Unfortunately, there is also a hardware issue affecting some Steam Deck units that causes a whining noise when the fan is running and software updates will never fix this problem. Some users have taken matters into their own hands with a DIY fix, but Valve advises against taking this approach as it’s unclear what long-term impact it might have on cooling performance. It’s possible that one day you’ll be able to buy a replacement fan that doesn’t whine.

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