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SubjectRe: PROBLEM: conflict between apm and system clock on Inspiron 8100
Hi Frank,

From your e-mail it seems that the kernel is the
problem, not the bios. Is that your understanding? I
started pestering Dell for a bios without this
problem. Should I be digging through the kernel code


--- wrote:
> Alan Cox wrote:
> > On Mon, 2002-08-26 at 18:00, mike heffner wrote:
> > > Well, isn't that a nice feature. Is there a
> > > workaround for this hardware?
> >
> > A thinkpad ;)
> Unfortunately, that's not true -- I just got an IBM
> Thinkpad R32
> which exhibits the same behaviour as Mike's Dell
> Inspiron 8100,
> it's only a tad worse. When I have the
> battstat_applet running (which
> checks the battery every second), kernel time runs
> about 3% slow
> compared to the RTC (which seems to be half-way
> accurate on my machine).
> The cause seems to be definitely APM. If I shut off
> battstat_applet
> and apmd, kernel time and RTC are in sync. With only
> apmd, I lose about
> 15 seconds per hour. With battstat_applet, I lose 2
> minutes per hour.
> With
> while true; do cat /proc/apm >/dev/null; done
> the system runs at about 1/4 of the right speed.
> Using a kernel with ACPI
> eliminates the problem (of course, you lose almost
> all power management
> functionality too).
> BTW, I have set CONFIG_APM_ALLOW_INT, and on startup
> the kernel even says
> "IBM machine detected. Enabling interrupts during
> APM calls." Doesn't
> seem to help, though.
> Alan Cox continues:
> > In theory you could try writing some code to
> measure the elapsed time by
> > other means and then correct the kernel for the
> number of lost ticks.
> > Not trivial. Or for that matter dont run battstat
> I've hacked together a small daemon that tries to
> adjust the value
> and speed of the kernel clock (via adjtimex) to the
> RTC. An ugly solution,
> I know, but better than nothing. If anyone is
> interested, mail me.
> Regards,
> Frank
> --
> Please CC replies to me since I'm not on the list.

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