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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/3] i8k: Remove laptop specific config data (fan_mult, fan_max) from driver
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On Saturday 27 December 2014 15:13:28 Gabriele Mazzotta wrote:
> On Thursday 25 December 2014 22:54:34 Gabriele Mazzotta wrote:
> > On Thursday 18 December 2014 12:08:58 Pali Rohár wrote:
> > > On Wednesday 10 December 2014 14:32:16 Gabriele Mazzotta
wrote:
> > > > On Wednesday 10 December 2014 12:51:30 Pali Rohár wrote:
> > > > > On Tuesday 09 December 2014 21:07:01 Pali Rohár wrote:
> > > > > > Now we have autodetection code for fan multiplier
> > > > > > and maximal fan speed so we do not need to have
> > > > > > those constants for each laptop in kernel driver
> > > > > > code.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Signed-off-by: Pali Rohár <pali.rohar@gmail.com>
> > > > > > ---
> > > > > > !!!Please do not apply this patch until all affected
> > > > > > machines will be tested!!!
> > > > > >
> > > > > > I tested autodetection code only on Dell Latitude
> > > > > > E6440 (where it worked). Other machines which needs
> > > > > > to be tested:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Dell Latitude D520
> > > > > > Dell Latitude E6540
> > > > > > Dell Precision WorkStation 490
> > > > > > Dell Studio
> > > > > > Dell XPS M140 (MXC051)
> > > > > > ---
> > > > >
> > > > > Can somebody else with dell laptops test this patch
> > > > > series?
> > > >
> > > > i8k_get_fan_nominal_rpm() returns -22 on my XPS13, so
> > > > nothing changed with this patch series applied.
> > > >
> > > > Gabriele
> > >
> > > So your BIOS cannot report nominal_rpm and because your
> > > machine is not in dmi list, all 3 patches do nothing for
> > > your machine.
> > >
> > > But you need to set multiplier to 1, right?
> > >
> > > What about this patch? (on top of 3/3)
> > >
> > > --- a/drivers/char/i8k.c
> > > +++ b/drivers/char/i8k.c
> > > @@ -850,6 +850,10 @@ static int __init i8k_probe(void)
> > >
> > > */
> > >
> > > for (fan = 0; fan < I8K_FAN_COUNT; ++fan) {
> > >
> > > i8k_fan_mult[fan] = I8K_FAN_DEFAULT_MULT;
> > >
> > > + if (i8k_get_fan_rpm(fan) > I8K_FAN_MAX_RPM) {
> > > + i8k_fan_mult[fan] = 1;
> > > + continue;
> > > + }
> > >
> > > for (val = 0; val < 256; ++val) {
> > >
> > > ret = i8k_get_fan_nominal_rpm(fan, val);
> > > if (ret > I8K_FAN_MAX_RPM) {
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > I'm sorry for replying only now, but I couldn't follow this
> > thread closely and I'm a bit lost now. I haven't tested the
> > suggested change, but I don't think it would work in a
> > reliable way. It's not rare for the fan to be completely
> > stopped, especially on boot. You are right though, 1 is the
> > right multiplier.
>
> I took a better look at the code and my laptop is indeed able
> to report the nominal speed. The problem with the original
> patch was that the first call of i8k_get_fan_nominal_rpm()
> correctly returned -22 (the fan doesn't exist) and the loop
> was terminated because of that. I tested the following patch
> http://www.spinics.net/lists/kernel/msg1892101.html and the
> fan multiplier auto detection worked.
>
> I confirm that the suggested change in case the nominal speed
> can't be retrieved is not OK as its outcome depends on the
> current state of the fans.
>
> > Guenter, while I was trying to catch up, I noticed that the
> > support for the XPS 13 [1] will be added. May I ask you
> > which revision of the laptop was tested? I own the 9333 one
> > and I'm not sure that having i8k automatically loaded is a
> > good idea. The reason is that reading and setting the speed
> > of the right (and only) fan causes a freeze of the laptop
> > of some milliseconds, enough to be annoying and noticeable.
> > I'm worried of the effect this might have in the everyday
> > use, users might start noticing random freezes because of
> > one application that all the sudden is able to read the
> > speed of the fan. I don't if the same happens on all the
> > other Dell systems, this is the first and only Dell laptop
> > I owned.
> >
> > If the tested laptop wasn't the XPS13 9333 and this problem
> > does not exists, would it be possible to make the
> > DMI_PRODUCT_NAME string such that it matches only the
> > tested revision? The string that identifies my laptop is
> > "XPS13 9333".
> >
> > Gabriele
> >
> > [1] http://www.spinics.net/lists/kernel/msg1878801.html
>
> I modified i8k so that it prints the time required to execute
> the assembly code in i8k_smm(). Here what I got:
>
> [ 4697.485130] i8k_smm asm: 1965800 ns #pwm1
> [ 4697.487383] i8k_smm asm: 1375057 ns #temp3_input
> [ 4697.489477] i8k_smm asm: 1112493 ns #temp3_label
> [ 4697.991687] i8k_smm asm: 500796086 ns #fan1_input
> [ 4697.998245] i8k_smm asm: 1957365 ns #fan1_label
> [ 4698.009190] i8k_smm asm: 1770247 ns #temp1_input
> [ 4698.014416] i8k_smm asm: 749734 ns #temp1_label
> [ 4698.019103] i8k_smm asm: 2503962 ns #temp2_input
> [ 4698.023490] i8k_smm asm: 1738982 ns #temp2_label
>
> As you can see, the time required to read the speed of the fan
> is substantially higher than the combined time of all the
> other reads.
>
> Is the difference so big for the other systems that have been
> tested?

It looks like we should not read fan rpm at startup for
multiplier autodetection... and only fan nominal speed.

--
Pali Rohár
pali.rohar@gmail.com
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