|The tp_smapi kernel module exposes some features of the SMAPI interface found on recent ThinkPads via a sysfs interface. Currently, the implemented functionality is control of battery charging, extended battery status and control of CD/DVD speed (disabled by default).
For old ThinkPad models, see also tpctl.
For testing, you can simply compile and load the driver within the current working directory:
# tar xzvf tp_smapi-0.15.tgz
# cd tp_smapi-0.15
# make load
To compile and install into the kernel's module path:
# make install
If you use the HDAPS driver, add HDAPS=1 to also patch the hdaps for compatibility with tp_smapi (this requires a kernel source tree):
# make load HDAPS=1or
# make install HDAPS=1
To prepare a stand-alone patch against the current kernel tree (including a compatibility fixes to hdaps and Kconfig entries):
# make patch
To delete all autogenerated files:
# make clean
The original kernel tree is never modified by any these commands.
The /lib/modules directory is modified only by
# make install.
Battery charge control features
To set the thresholds for starting and stopping battery charging (in percent of current full charge capacity):
# echo 40 > /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/start_charge_thresh
# echo 70 > /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/stop_charge_thresh
# cat /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/*_charge_thresh
To unconditionally inhibit charging for 17 minutes:
# echo 17 > /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/inhibit_charge_minutes
To cancel charge inhibiting:
# echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/inhibit_charge_minutes
To force battery discharging even if connected to AC, use one of these:
# echo 1 > /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/force_discharge1
To cancel forced discharge, use one of these:
# echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/force_discharge1
# echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/force_discharge2
Battery status features
To view extended battery status such as charging state, voltage, current, capacity, cycle count and model information:
# cat /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/installed # cat /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/state # idle/charging/discharging # cat /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/cycle_count # cat /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/current_now # instantaneous current # cat /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/current_avg # last minute average # cat /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/power_now # instantaneous power # cat /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/power_avg # last minute average # cat /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/last_full_capacity # cat /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/remaining_capacity # cat /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/design_capacity # cat /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/voltage # cat /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/design_voltage # cat /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/manufacturer # cat /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/model # cat /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/serial # cat /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/barcoding # cat /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/chemistry # cat /sys/devices/platform/smapi/ac_connected
The raw status data is also available, including some fields not listed above (in case you can figure them out):
# cat /sys/devices/platform/smapi/BAT0/dump
In all of the above, replace BAT0 with BAT1 to address the 2nd battery.
Optical drive control features
To control the speed of the optical drive:
# echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/smapi/cd_speed # slow
# echo 1 > /sys/devices/platform/smapi/cd_speed # medium
# echo 2 > /sys/devices/platform/smapi/cd_speed # fast
# cat /sys/devices/platform/smapi/cd_speed
Enabling this feature
Changing the drive speed when a disc is being accessed will hang your computer. This feature is thus disabled by default, but can be enabled using by adding #define PROVIDE_CD_SPEED at the top of tp_smapi.c. The safe way to set the drive speed is using hdparm -E num or eject -x num for CD-ROM, and speedcontrol -x num (sourcecode here) for DVD. For kernels older than 2.6.15, this may require the libata pass-through patch.
Other things that can be controlled through SMAPI, but are not supported in this version of the driver, include forcing battery discharge, PCI bus power saving, CPU power saving control and fan control. See the included README file for more information.
Conflict with hdaps
The extended battery status function conflicts with the hdaps kernel module (they use the same IO ports).
You can use HDAPS=1 (see Installation) to get a patched version of hdaps which is compatible with tp_smapi.
If you load hdaps first, tp_smapi will disable its battery status functions (and log a message in the kernel log). If you load tp_smapi first, hdaps will refuse to load. To switch between the two, rmmod both and then load one you need.
Some of the battery status is also visible through ACPI (/proc/acpi/battery/*).
The charging control files (*_charge_thresh, inhibit_charge_minutes and force_discharge*) don't have this problem.
(see [[#Enabling_this_feature|note] above)
| battery status files|
(see note about hdaps above)
Please update the above and report your experience on the discussion page. If the module loads but gives a "not supported" or "not implementeded" when you try to use some specific file in /sys/devices/platform/smapi/, please report the dmesg output and whether the corresponding functionality is available under Windows - maybe your ThinkPad just can't do that.