Commit e4233dec authored by Ingo Molnar's avatar Ingo Molnar Committed by Linus Torvalds
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[PATCH] ACPI: fix cpufreq regression

Recently cpufreq support on my laptop (Lenovo T60) broke completely: when
it's plugged into AC it would never go higher than 1 GHz - neither 1.3 GHz
nor 1.83 GHz is possible - no matter which governor (userspace, speed or
ondemand) is used.

After some cpufreq debugging i tracked the regression back to the following
(totally correct) bug-fix commit:

   commit 0916bd3e

   Author: Dave Jones <>
   Date:   Wed Nov 22 20:42:01 2006 -0500

    [PATCH] Correct bound checking from the value returned from _PPC method.

This bugfix, which makes other laptops work, made a previously hidden
(BIOS) bug visible on my laptop.

The bug is the following: if the _PPC (Performance Present Capabilities)
optional ACPI object is queried /after/ bootup then the BIOS reports an
incorrect value of '2'.

My laptop (Lenovo T60) has the following performance states supported:

   0: 1833000
   1: 1333000
   2: 1000000

Per ACPI specification, a _PPC value of '0' means that all 3 performance
states are usable.  A _PPC value of '1' means states 1 ..  2 are usable, a
value of '2' means only state '2' (slowest) is usable.

now, the _PPC object is optional, and it also comes with notification.
Furthermore, when a CPU object is initialized, the _PPC object is
initialized as well.  So the following evaluation of the _PPC object is

 [<c028ba5f>] acpi_processor_get_platform_limit+0xa1/0xaf
 [<c028c040>] acpi_processor_register_performance+0x3b9/0x3ef
 [<c0111a85>] acpi_cpufreq_cpu_init+0xb7/0x596
 [<c03dab74>] cpufreq_add_dev+0x160/0x4a8
 [<c02bed90>] sysdev_driver_register+0x5a/0xa0
 [<c03d9c4c>] cpufreq_register_driver+0xb4/0x176
 [<c068ac08>] acpi_cpufreq_init+0xe5/0xeb
 [<c010056e>] init+0x14f/0x3dd

And this is the point where my laptop's BIOS returns the incorrect value of
'2'.  Note that it has not sent any notification event, so the value is
probably not really intentional (possibly spurious), and Windows likely
doesnt query it after bootup either.  Maybe the value is kept at '2'
normally, and is only set to the real value when a true asynchronous event
(such as AC plug event, battery switch, etc.) occurs.

So i /think/ this is a grey area of the ACPI spec: per the letter of the
spec the _PPC value only changes when notified, so there's no reason to
query it after the system has booted up.  So in my opinion the best (and
most compatible) strategy would be to do the change below, and to not
evaluate the _PPC object in the acpi_processor_get_performance_info() call,
but only evaluate it if _PPC is present during CPU object init, or if it's
notified during an asynchronous event.  This change is more permissive than
the previous logic, so it definitely shouldnt break any existing system.

This also happens to fix my laptop, which is merrily chugging along at
1.83 GHz now. Yay!
Signed-off-by: default avatarIngo Molnar <>
Cc: Dave Jones <>
Acked-by: default avatarLen Brown <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent 1e9a51dc
......@@ -322,10 +322,6 @@ static int acpi_processor_get_performance_info(struct acpi_processor *pr)
if (result)
return result;
result = acpi_processor_get_platform_limit(pr);
if (result)
return result;
return 0;
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