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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] b44: power down PHY when interface down
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    On Saturday 30 June 2007 13:47:35 Török Edvin wrote:
    > When the interface is down (or driver removed), the BroadCom 44xx card remains
    > powered on, and both its MAC and PHY is using up power.
    > This patch makes the driver issue a MAC_CTRL_PHY_PDOWN when the interface
    > is halted, and does a partial chip reset turns off the activity LEDs too.
    >
    > Applies to 2.6.22-rc6, or current git head.
    >
    > Tested on a Broadcom BCM4401-B0 card, it saves ~0.5W (measured using powertop).

    Hm, I was going to measure the real power advantage with a
    PCI-extender card. But my B44B0 card doesn't seem to work in
    that extender card. It works perfectly fine sticked directly into
    the motherboard, though, and other cards like a BCM4318 work in
    the extender, too.
    Not sure what this is.
    The extender has an application note about nonworking cards in the
    extender and a too big resistor on the board IDSEL pin being the
    cause of this.
    Maybe I can try with another machine tomorrow.

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    Greetings Michael.
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