Re: [PATCH] powernow-k8: On load failure, remind the user toenable support in BIOS setup

From: Marti Raudsepp
Date: Wed Jan 20 2010 - 12:19:47 EST

On Wed, 2010-01-20 at 16:56 +0100, Thomas Renninger wrote:
> But most often this happens if people upgrade their CPU and do not
> update their BIOS.
> Or the vendor does not recognise the new CPU even if the BIOS got
> updated.

Maybe some of those people just didn't realize it was disabled in BIOS?
If you tell users that it's a firmware bug then they'll probably just
give up.

> The itself message might be an enhancment, IMO it's not worth a patch.

Why do you think so? I spent an hour on hunting down the BIOS upgrade,
only to find that it didn't improve anything. It was a day later that I
realized that it might be a BIOS option; and the option was literally
the _last_ option in the whole BIOS setup. :)

This message would have saved the day.

> But do not revert the FW_BUG part!

Sure, you have a point here.

How about this patch?

powernow-k8: On load failure, tell user to update BIOS and enable in BIOS setup

Signed-off-by: Marti Raudsepp <marti@xxxxxxxxx>

diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/cpufreq/powernow-k8.c b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/cpufreq/powernow-k8.c
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/cpufreq/powernow-k8.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/cpufreq/powernow-k8.c
@@ -800,6 +800,8 @@
printk(KERN_ERR FW_BUG PFX "No PSB or ACPI _PSS objects\n");
+ printk(KERN_ERR PFX "Make sure that your BIOS is up to date"
+ " and Cool'N'Quiet support is enabled in BIOS setup\n");
return -ENODEV;

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