Using the force option for i8k, this works:
modprobe i8k force=1
This is unusual, because the driver force option is only for non-inspiron machines and I have an inspiron.
This might explain the dmesg errors. What some have suggested is I add the command to the profile and ignore the errors. I'm not sure I agree with this. Temporarily, I've added this command to the end of my /etc/profile, but of course, there should be a better place, where the modules are loaded, and should add the force option there. Where? Help please!