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SubjectC4 strangeness [was Re: [PATCH] i386 No Idle HZ aka dynticks 051221]
On Út 27-12-05 15:03:25, Pavel Machek wrote:
> On Út 27-12-05 00:27:12, Pavel Machek wrote:
> > On Po 26-12-05 17:52:48, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
> > > On Mon, Dec 26, 2005 at 09:38:06PM +0100, Pavel Machek wrote:
> > > > Stupid IBM. I've seen it appearing/disappearing, but did not work out
> > > > when.
> > > >
> > > > No-C4-on-AC is bad -- if you just disconnect AC and walk away, you are
> > > > running without benefits of C4. Bad. Changing benchmarks depending on
> > > > you booting on AC or battery also look nasty.
> > >
> > > The moment you disconnect AC, it C4 automagically appears. When you
> > > reconnect to the AC mains, the C4 state disappears again, at least
> > > from the listing displayed by /proc/acpi/processor/CPU0/power. So the
> > > first issue you brought up isn't a problem.
> >
> > It does not seem to work like that here. I'm not sure what the exact
> > rules are, but I know that I sometimes have C4 and sometimes not. I
> > have C4 now, and it is used, even when I'm on AC power. Thinkpad
> > X32.
>
> Well, today it _does_ behave like Theodore described (slightly
> different kernel, and I'm using power supply, not docking
> station). Strange.

So... I guess I found out what is going on.

When power is unplugged, X32 adds C4 state. When power is plugged, X32
removes C4 state (behaviour Ted seen). When I load ipw2200, this
behaviour stops, and I see everything up-to C4. Strange. I remember
ipw had some problems with C3 and C4, perhaps this is related?

Pavel
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Thanks, Sharp!
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