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

On Thu, Aug 29, 2002 at 12:11:03PM +1000, Stephen Rothwell wrote:
> Interesting ... Howlong does "cat /proc/apm" take?
> On my Thinkpad T22 I get:
> # time cat /proc/apm
> 1.16 1.2 0x03 0x01 0x00 0x01 99% -1 ?
> real 0m0.009s
> user 0m0.000s
> sys 0m0.010s

On my Thinkpad R32, the timings vary:

real: anything between 15ms and 40ms
user: mostly 0ms, sometimes 10ms
sys: mostly 20ms, sometimes 30ms

To get average values, I did this:

blackmagic:~> time for i in `seq 1 600`; do cat /proc/apm >/dev/null; done

real 0m14.775s
user 0m0.700s
sys 0m12.650s

However, these values are rather bogus; I also measured the time with
my digital wristwatch. Result: 60.60s
To measure the overhead of the shell command itself, I did this:

blackmagic:~> cat /proc/apm >/tmp/apm
blackmagic:~> time for i in `seq 1 600`; do cat /tmp/apm >/dev/null; done

real 0m1.769s
user 0m0.900s
sys 0m0.690s

For the sake of simplicity, this overhead can be neglected. So:
reading /proc/apm 600 times roughly takes 60 real seconds, which
means that reading it once takes about 100ms. This is huge, isn't it?

BTW, I tried this both with apm_allow_ints enabled and disabled.
Didn't make much difference. (And my Thinkpad didn't hang after
the BIOS calls with apm_allow_ints disabled, so maybe IBM has fixed
a bug? By introducing another one ;-)

I think I haven't mentioned yet that I'm using a vanilla 2.4.19 kernel.

> while ...
> # time ./tppow
> Battery 0 present power units mW[h] design capacity 38880 last full charge capacity 29260
> status 0x0 rate 0 cap 29172 voltage 12485
> real 0m0.311s
> user 0m0.100s
> sys 0m0.000s
> tppow is a C implementation of the disassembled APCI method for reading the
> battery status. It does not disable interrupts but does talk to the
> embedded controller in the Thinkpad.

Interesting. Where can I get `tppow'? Would it even be safe to use it
on a different Thinkpad?

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