How/why would dev.cpu.0.freq_levels change??!?
david at catwhisker.org
Sun Jun 29 02:16:31 UTC 2008
On Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 05:32:16PM -0700, Kevin Oberman wrote:
> > From: John Baldwin <jhb at freebsd.org>
> > ...
> > Looks like it lowered the temperature. Your BIOS might have decided to change
> > the levels to force the CPU to throttle down to cool the system.
I suppose. :-( But as I noted, it often runs for extended periods at
around 85C, so the rationale (if any) for such a maneuver escapes me.
> Any chance you moved to battery at any time? My ThinkPad BIOS drops my
> CPU's top speed from 2G to 800M when I go onto battery.
In this case, I definitely did not, and I was on AC at the time I
reported the issue. I've noted recurrences since -- one of which was
particularly ntable because dev.cpu.0.freq_levels reported that the
fastest available spedd was 1200 MHz, while dev.cpu.0.freq reported that
the machine was running at 2400 MHz.
Through some experimentation, it appears that I can reduce the
probability of the event -- and possibly avoid it altogether (I can't be
sure yet) by killing off powerd. (I apologize for failing to mention
that I run it, using default settings.)
Also, I've only seen it while running RELENG_6 -- not RELENG_7 or HEAD.
Then again, I generally only run RELENG_7 or HEAD enough to build them.
Thanks for the responses so far.
David H. Wolfskill david at catwhisker.org
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