Talk:Problem with high pitch noises
Discussion of "Limit ACPI CPU power states"
- Stefan Baums: I raised this issue on the linux-kernel mailing list, and from there it was forwarded to the acpi-devel mailing list. See the discussion here and here. Results: The
idle=haltkernel parameter disables ACPI C-state switching entirely (i.e., locks the processor in C1). It is preferable to pass to the ACPI processor component the option
max_cstate=2, which only disables the problematic states C3 and C4. The only way to accomplish this that worked for me was to compile the ACPI processor component permanently into the kernel (CONFIG_ACPI_PROCESSOR=y) and then enable it by adding the parameter
processor.max_cstate=2to the boot command line (and of course removing
idle=halt). Now the computer switches back and forth between C1 and C2, but avoids the noise-inducing C3 and C4, and frequency scaling works regardless. (X41)
- Simon Eggert: The
processor.max_cstate=3option worked for me on my T43p thanks.
options processor max_cstate=2in /etc/modprobe.conf (or /etc/modprobe.conf.local on my SuSE 9.3 installation) prevents the CPU permanently from entering into C3 and higher states. (X40, R52)
- Thinker: On one T43, this worked even with
processor.max_cstate=3. That is, C3 was silent and only C4 produced whining (at both HZ=100 and HZ=250).
- Thinker: These options affect power consumption when the CPU is idle. Here are the figures on one ThinkPad T43:
processor.max_cstate=4: 15160mW (default, noisy)
processor.max_cstate=3: 15770mW (660mW higher, silent)
processor.max_cstate=2: 16100mW (2940mW higher, silent)
On a debian system, no modprobe.conf, can use modutils to add max_cstate line. On my t43p the noise only occcurs when on battery power after suspend / resume cycle. It is definitely is still present when hard disk is spun down. Nevertheless there may be multiple sources of this (quite annoying) sound.
Update - if you don't want to use modutils, can manually load it on bootup by adding "processor max_cstate=3" in /etc/modules on a debian system. Noise still present upon resume though on my t43p though :(
on my T43p the noise definitely comes from the harddisk and can be heard both in Windows and Linux. Only at boot time, before the harddisk spins up, or when I manually spin down the harddisk with
# hdparm -y /dev/sda
the system is silent.