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.

Here’s a roundup of recent tech news on the web.

Keep up to date with the latest headlines by following Liliputing on Twitter and Facebook and follow @LinuxSmartphone on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news on open source mobile phones.

Liliputing’s main sources of income are advertising and affiliate links (if you click on the “Buy” button at the top of the page and buy something on Amazon, for example, we will earn a small commission).

But there are several ways to directly support the site, even if you use an ad blocker* and hate shopping online.

Contribute to our Patreon campaign

Where…

Contribute via PayPal

* If you are using an ad blocker like uBlock Origin and seeing a pop-up message at the bottom of the screen, we have a guide that can help you disable it.

Comments are closed.