On Thu, 2007-08-09 at 18:37 -0300, Gustavo Franco wrote: > On 8/9/07, Ben Hutchings <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > > On Wed, 2007-08-08 at 11:20 -0400, Tim Hull wrote: > > > > > > We already have this on the desktop, from what I can > > > see (there is evidence of a > > > scaling-module-loading-thingummy running on boot) > > > > > > Yes, it loads, but the default scaling governor is set to "userspace". > > > As powernowd isn't included in the desktop task, this effectly means > > > no CPU scaling by default. > > <snip> > > > > laptop-mode sets the CPU frequency, but it only switches based on > > whether you have AC power, not based on how busy the CPU is. "ondemand" > > would be more useful. I don't know whether the correct scaling driver > > is loaded automatically; I fear not. This might be a job for discover. > > Hi Ben, > > laptop-mode-tools conf uses 'ondemand' (1.34-1, but I think it was > already in etch), and my ibook g4 using the default desktop > environment task and laptop task scales well. What's missing for yours > or we've different default configuration for some strange reason? <snip> My information is based on an earlier version when I uninstalled when I realised it was useless. The current version is indeed better. However, it still has some bad defaults, in my opinion: ENABLE_LAPTOP_MODE_ON_AC=0 BATT_CPU_MAXFREQ=medium NOLM_AC_CPU_GOVERNOR=performance This means that when draining the battery we do not allow the CPU to run at full speed, so CPU-bound tasks take longer. This tends to extend battery life but reduces the processing work derived from the battery, since other components then take a higher share of power. And when running on AC, we just waste power, though with a slight performance gain. Ben. -- Ben Hutchings Any smoothly functioning technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.
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