Atari VCS 800 Fan Noise Issue Fix

Atari VCS 800

If you own an Atari VCS 800 gaming console, you probably don’t like the fact that the fan ramps up and generates an unpleasant noise before ramping down again. This subtracts from a pleasant gaming experience. There is actually an easy fix for this issue.

All you need to do is disable the core boost option in BIOS. After that, there won’t be any fan ramp up / ramp down which creates the unwanted noise. The reason it does this is because the CPU overlocks over 2600Mhz and needs the extra power to make sure the processor doesn’t overheat. When you disable this option, the CPU will never go over 2600Mhz, but you won’t really notice any significant performance loss.

To do this in the Linux terminal:
echo “0” > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpufreq/boost
to disable core boost, or

echo “1” > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpufreq/boost
to enable it.

This will surely make Atari VCS 800 system more enjoyable!