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Description of problem:
My Athlon XP runs approx 15 degrees C hotter at idle with 2.6.15-1.1830 than with 2.6.14-1.1656 or any previous kernel I've tried. It seems that 2.6.15-1.1830 does not allow the CPU to enter s2k disconnect power saving mode.
Hardware: Athlon XP 2600+ Barton, MSI KM4M-L motherboard (Via KM400).
BIOS provides CPU Disconnect Control:
"The item is to reduce the power consumption of the AMD K7 system. When set to Enabled, the processor is allowed to disconnect the s2k interface when the AMD K7 system is in some power saving states."
CPU temperatures with BIOS CPU Disconnect enabled versus disabled, for 2.6.14-1.1656 versus 2.6.15-1.1830 (I'm using a low-speed CPU fan, so the temp differences are larger than they might be):
Kernel CPU Disconnect CPU idle temp, degrees C
2.6.14 enabled 35.5
2.6.14 disabled 46
2.6.15 enabled 49.5
2.6.15 disabled 49.5
I conclude that the higher temps with 2.6.15 are due to the s2k disconnect not operating with this kernel.
I have tried to track down the culprit by booting into runlevel 1, then removing all unused modules, just leaving those required for lm_sensors so that I can check the CPU temp. This is the smallest set of modules I got down to:
Module Size Used by
w83627hf 24017 0
hwmon_vid 2753 1 w83627hf
hwmon 3269 1 w83627hf
i2c_isa 5185 1 w83627hf
i2c_core 21697 2 w83627hf,i2c_isa
ext3 129993 8
jbd 57941 1 ext3
dm_mod 56665 9
(w83627hf is the module for the Winbond chip queried by lm_sensors).
With just these modules loaded, in runlevel 1 with the system idling, the s2k disconnect still does not occur with 2.6.15 . Whereas in 2.6.14, it occurs quite happily in every runlevel I've tried, even with 50+ kernel modules loaded - the only exception being after attaching a USB storage device, as described in bug 172592.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Enable CPU Disconnect in BIOS.
2. Note CPU idle temperature.
Actual Results: With 2.6.15, idle temperature is the same as with CPU Disconnect disabled in BIOS.
Expected Results: Idle temperature should be significantly lower than with CPU Disconnect disabled in BIOS, i.e. behaviour should be as with 2.6.14 .
Still broken in kernel-2.6.15-1.1833_FC4.
Also broken in kernel-2.6.16-1.2069_FC4.
Remains broken in kernel-2.6.16-1.2096_FC4.
Brokenness persists in kernel-2.6.16-1.2107_FC4 and kernel-2.6.16-1.2108_FC4.
The problem also occurs with kernel.org 126.96.36.199 so it's not specific to Fedora
patches or configuration. In view of this and the silence here, I suppose I'd
better take this upstream.
It turns out that this isn't a bug, it's a bug-fixing from 2.16.14 to 2.16.15
that exposed a misconfiguration on my PC. Briefly, in 2.6.14 ACPI power-saving
was operating when it shouldn't have been. In 2.6.15 this was fixed, exposing
the fact that HLT power-saving was not operating.