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SubjectIntel i7/X 980 freezes with CONFIG_INTEL_IDLE and frequency scaling

after upgrading a Fedora 14 based Intel i7/X 980 box to 2.6.39-rc1, the
system freezes when frequency scaling is started. Looks like a complete
CPU halt, since neither SysRq nor anything else can convince the box to
provide any information.

Loading acpi_cpufreq is save, but selecting the performance
scaling_governor immediately freezes the system. Selecting the ondemand
scaling_governor freezes the system when load is generated for the first
time, presumably when the frequency is increased. Fortunately, when the
kernel was built with another config file, the system did not freeze.
After enabling and disabling some suspicious config items (before going
through the hassle and bisect the config using, the culprit
was found to be CONFIG_INTEL_IDLE. Fedora 14 enables it.

CPU info:
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 44
model name : Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU X 980 @ 3.33GHz
stepping : 2

Excluding this CPU model from being initialized helps but is, of course,
no solution. Do you have a real solution?


Index: linux-2.6.39-rc1/drivers/idle/intel_idle.c
--- linux-2.6.39-rc1.orig/drivers/idle/intel_idle.c
+++ linux-2.6.39-rc1/drivers/idle/intel_idle.c
@@ -338,7 +338,9 @@ static int intel_idle_probe(void)
case 0x2E: /* Nehalem-EX Xeon */
case 0x2F: /* Westmere-EX Xeon */
case 0x25: /* Westmere */
case 0x2C: /* Westmere */
cpuidle_state_table = nehalem_cstates;
auto_demotion_disable_flags =

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