Kernel Bug Tracker – Bug 4332
System very slow with >=2.6.11-rc3-bk1
Last modified: 2005-11-04 14:42:42 UTC
Distribution: Gentoo Linux
Hardware Environment: Pentium 4 1.8, Asus P4T-E, 512MB RDRAM
Software Environment: gcc-3.4.3, glibc-220.127.116.1150125
Under newer kernels (e.g. 2.6.11, 2.6.11-mm3) my system is very slow. The
latest normally working kernel is 2.6.11-rc2-bk4. The problem seems to exist
since 2.6.11-rc3. I tried different kernels with and without ACPI. I get no
errors in dmesg. I have no idea what changes in the kernel are causing this.
Created attachment 4711 [details]
kernel .config used with 2.6.11-mm3
Created attachment 4712 [details]
lspci -vvv output
That seems to be a 73,000 line diff. Can you please narrow the problem
down to a particular 2.6.11-rc2-bkX snapshot?
I narrowed the problem down now:
2.6.11-rc3-bk1 does not
and it's only there if I load the modules i2c-i801 + w83781d.
I also noticed that if I load the modules, the CPU temperature is totally
wrong. After the modules are loaded, unloading them does not help.
Your Asus motherboard uses an AS99127F chip for hardware monitoring. Temperature
channels 2 and 3 of this chip were not properly handled up to and including
2.6.11-rc3, in that the value exposed to user-space by the driver was half the
real values. To compensate for this, the default sensors.conf file would
multiply the values by 2.
In 2.6.11-rc3-bk1, the w83781d driver was fixed to expose the correct values for
AS99127F chips. This means that the compensation in sensors.conf needs to be
removed. Edit /etc/sensors/conf, search for the as99127f-* section, then scroll
down to the "compute temp2" and "compute temp3" lines, and discard the now
incorrect multiplication. Alternatively you can just fetch the new default
configuration file from lm_sensors CVS and start from that.
I think the slowdown can be explained by a CPU-throttling mechanism. If the
throttling mechanism thought the temperature was way too high, it must have
throttled as much as possible, waiting for the temperature to lower, but this
never happened, because the temperature wasn't high, just improperly reported.
Once the configuration file is fixed and correct temperatures are reported, I'd
expect the system to be back to full speed.
Ok, I now upgraded to the latest lm_sensors CVS and loaded the 2 modules
afterwards. I seems to work now :)
Could it be that sensors -s did set something in the kernel that telled the
hardware something wrong? Because I don't believe the kernel modules look
You're right, "sensors -s" was most likely reprogramming the temperature limits
incorrectly due to the wrong compute lines, causing alarms to trigger when they
*** Bug 5186 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***