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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] platform: x86: asus-wmi: add fan control
On Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 10:52 AM, Matthew Garrett <> wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 13, 2013 at 09:31:25PM -0500, Felipe Contreras wrote:
>> On Sun, Oct 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM, Matthew Garrett <> wrote:
>> > The spec doesn't seem to constrain it to physical addresses (it just
>> > refers to "Control Methods read and write data to locations in address
>> > spaces (for example, System memory and System I/O)", so I'd lean towards
>> > changing the behaviour of acpica rather than adding virt_to_phys().
>> And I assume you are not going to do that. Isn't acpica code outside
>> of the scope of Linux kernel development? If not, how do I go about
>> adding that capability.
> I wasn't planning on it, no. Just write the code and submit it to
> linux-acpi, and Cc: Bob Moore.

I might give it a try.

>> Also, I find it weird that this the first driver that needs this.
> The normal way to do this would be for the ASL to just define a buffer
> within the argument, rather than assigning it to an operation region. I
> haven't seen anyone take this approach before.
>> Finally, I'm much more interested on what happens next, because I want
>> to link this driver to the thermal framework, so when temperature gets
>> too high, the fan gets an increased speed, because right now it seems
>> it's always on low speed, temperature gets high, and instead the CPU
>> gets throttled, which is not desirable.
> It wouldn't be appropriate to alter the firmware behaviour by default,
> but yeah, that's the kind of thing that the thermal framework exists to
> do.

Well, how do I do that? The driver is up and running, and I can
manually set different fan speeds, however nothing seems to happen
automatically when the temperature increases.

>> Maybe this driver should be added to the staging area.
> I don't think you can easily register multiple drivers for the same WMI
> device.

I don't mean this one, I mean the standalone one. Actually, the first
one I sent doesn't require all this system memory stuff.

Felipe Contreras

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