Athlon Powersaving HOWTO

Daniel Nofftz


Revision History
Revision 1.1.82004-12-12Revised by: dn
new rtsensors link added
Revision 1.1.72004-12-10Revised by: dn
Kernel Patch for Kernel 2.6.9 added, translation index updated, minor other changes
Revision 1.1.62004-11-28Revised by: dn
SIS746/748 and KT880 added. recommanded solutions are now the commandline-hack and athcool
Revision 1.1.52004-05-09Revised by: dn
Hungarian Translation added
Revision 1.1.42004-04-24Revised by: dn
sis chipset commandline hack changed, new sound fix added, new patch for the 2.6.5 kernel

How to enable the power-saving functionality of the Athlon/Duron/AthlonXP processor on some motherboards/chipsets. This is usefull for saving Power and lowering the Temperature of the CPU and the System. (It also will reduce noise if you use temperature controlled fans in your case/on your cpu heatsink).

Table of Contents
1. Introduction
1.1. Basics on the Athlon Power Saving Mode
1.2. Copyright and License
1.3. Disclaimer
1.4. Feedback/Questions/Support
1.5. New Versions of this Document
2. The Different Approaches
2.1. The Command-line Hack
2.2. The Athcool Program
2.3. BIOS updates
2.4. Kernel Patches
2.5. The LVCool Solution
2.6. The FVCool Program
2.7. AMD 760MP Powersaving
3. What Else?
3.1. How to test whether it works
3.2. Known Bugs/Problems
3.3. Fix for sound skips and other problems
3.4. Another Fix for sound skips and other problems (on some Via-Chipsets)
3.5. ToDo
3.6. Translations