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Power saving functions for Sony Vaio

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Power saving functions for Sony Vaio


Post by erikj »


I recently installed NAS4free on my old Sony Vaio notebook. I'm still working on the user configuration, but already now I think the cooler is running far too much, as I'm basically only configuring the system and trying the access with a few file transfers. The CPU speed switches from high to low from time to time, so does the radiator. The harddisk seems to keep spinning at full speed, even with the standby time set to 5 minutes.

Are there any power saving features or a way to reduce the ventilator speed while still keeping it active?

The Vaio is a VPCEB4X1E i5 CPU, ATI Radeon graphics, BD player, full HD, embedded NAS4free on a USB stick with 4GB, for now only the internal HD is used (ZFS formatted).

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Re: Power saving functions for Sony Vaio


Post by kenZ71 »

Using a laptop as a NAS is not ideal. Fine to get a feel for the system & menus but it won't give the best experience.

As for reducing fan speed that should be based on temp readings and only run as needed. You can try to limit the drive power under disks -> management
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Re: Power saving functions for Sony Vaio


Post by erikj »

Thanks for the feedback. I know it's not ideal, but I won't let it on all the time for now. It's more a way to backup data from phones and computers and make them available to all devices on some occasions.

Once I get used to it I might buy specific hardware and keep it running for a real personal cloud ;)

To the issue:
- CPU frequency to minimum and the drive (Disk Management -> HDD Management) is set to Power Management Level 1.

- I still can't find a way to reduce the radiator speed. The Vaio one is very noisy and the temperatures are fine, so it could spin down but it doesn't.

Any ideas?

After reading a post in the FreeBSD forum it might actually be my ATi Radeon fan and not the CPU/ mainboard fan. I'm not sure about that. Maybe anyone can read that https://forums.freebsd.org/threads/42830/ and try to help me with the Vaio / Radeon fan settings?

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Re: Power saving functions for Sony Vaio


Post by erikj »

I still have the issue with the cooler fan. CPU is running at 149Mhz.

How can I set the Radeon fan speed? Or reduce the graphics settings maybe?

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 nas4erik: etc# dmesg
Copyright (c) 1992-2015 The FreeBSD Project.
Copyright (c) 1979, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
        The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
FreeBSD is a registered trademark of The FreeBSD Foundation.
FreeBSD 10.2-RELEASE-p14 #0 r297897M: Wed Apr 13 02:57:40 CEST 2016
    root@dev.nas4free.org:/usr/obj/nas4free/usr/src/sys/NAS4FREE-amd64 amd64
FreeBSD clang version 3.4.1 (tags/RELEASE_34/dot1-final 208032) 20140512
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU       M 480  @ 2.67GHz (2660.22-MHz K8-class CPU)
  Origin="GenuineIntel"  Id=0x20655  Family=0x6  Model=0x25  Stepping=5
  AMD Features=0x28100800<SYSCALL,NX,RDTSCP,LM>
  AMD Features2=0x1<LAHF>
  TSC: P-state invariant, performance statistics
real memory  = 8589934592 (8192 MB)
avail memory = 8096288768 (7721 MB)
Event timer "LAPIC" quality 600
ACPI APIC Table: <Sony VAIO>
FreeBSD/SMP: Multiprocessor System Detected: 4 CPUs
FreeBSD/SMP: 1 package(s) x 2 core(s) x 2 SMT threads
 cpu0 (BSP): APIC ID:  0
 cpu1 (AP): APIC ID:  1
 cpu2 (AP): APIC ID:  4
 cpu3 (AP): APIC ID:  5
WARNING: VIMAGE (virtualized network stack) is a highly experimental feature.
ACPI BIOS Warning (bug): 32/64X FACS address mismatch in FADT: 0xDEF2DF40/0x00000000DEF30D40, using 64-bit address (20150515/tbfadt-305)
ioapic0 <Version 2.0> irqs 0-23 on motherboard
kbd1 at kbdmux0
random: <Software, Yarrow> initialized
cryptosoft0: <software crypto> on motherboard
acpi0: <Sony> on motherboard
cpu0: <ACPI CPU> on acpi0
cpu1: <ACPI CPU> on acpi0
cpu2: <ACPI CPU> on acpi0
cpu3: <ACPI CPU> on acpi0
hpet0: <High Precision Event Timer> iomem 0xfed00000-0xfed003ff on acpi0
Timecounter "HPET" frequency 14318180 Hz quality 950
Event timer "HPET" frequency 14318180 Hz quality 550
Event timer "HPET1" frequency 14318180 Hz quality 440
Event timer "HPET2" frequency 14318180 Hz quality 440
Event timer "HPET3" frequency 14318180 Hz quality 440
Event timer "HPET4" frequency 14318180 Hz quality 440
atrtc0: <AT realtime clock> port 0x70-0x77 irq 8 on acpi0
atrtc0: Warning: Couldn't map I/O.
Event timer "RTC" frequency 32768 Hz quality 0
attimer0: <AT timer> port 0x40-0x43,0x50-0x53 irq 0 on acpi0
Timecounter "i8254" frequency 1193182 Hz quality 0
Event timer "i8254" frequency 1193182 Hz quality 100
Timecounter "ACPI-fast" frequency 3579545 Hz quality 900
acpi_timer0: <24-bit timer at 3.579545MHz> port 0x408-0x40b on acpi0
acpi_ec0: <Embedded Controller: GPE 0x17> port 0x62,0x66 on acpi0
pcib0: <ACPI Host-PCI bridge> port 0xcf8-0xcff on acpi0
pci0: <ACPI PCI bus> on pcib0
pcib1: <ACPI PCI-PCI bridge> irq 16 at device 1.0 on pci0
pci1: <ACPI PCI bus> on pcib1
vgapci0: <VGA-compatible display> port 0xd000-0xd0ff mem 0xe0000000-0xefffffff,0xf0020000-0xf003ffff irq 16 at device 0.0 on pci1
vgapci0: Boot video device
hdac0: <ATI RV830 HDA Controller> mem 0xf0040000-0xf0043fff irq 17 at device 0.1 on pci1
pci0: <simple comms> at device 22.0 (no driver attached)
ehci0: <Intel PCH USB 2.0 controller USB-B> mem 0xf5e08000-0xf5e083ff irq 16 at device 26.0 on pci0
usbus0: waiting for BIOS to give up control
usbus0: timed out waiting for BIOS
usbus0: EHCI version 1.0
usbus0 on ehci0
hdac1: <Intel 5 Series/3400 Series HDA Controller> mem 0xf5e00000-0xf5e03fff irq 22 at device 27.0 on pci0
pcib2: <ACPI PCI-PCI bridge> irq 16 at device 28.0 on pci0
pci2: <ACPI PCI bus> on pcib2
ath0: <Atheros 9285> mem 0xf4a00000-0xf4a0ffff irq 16 at device 0.0 on pci2
[ath] AR9285 Main LNA config: LNA2
[ath] AR9285 Alt LNA config: LNA1
[ath] LNA diversity enabled, Diversity enabled
[ath] Enabling diversity for Kite
ath0: [HT] enabling HT modes
ath0: [HT] 1 stream STBC receive enabled
ath0: [HT] 1 RX streams; 1 TX streams
ath0: AR9285 mac 192.2 RF5133 phy 14.0
ath0: 2GHz radio: 0x0000; 5GHz radio: 0x00c0
pcib3: <ACPI PCI-PCI bridge> irq 17 at device 28.1 on pci0
pci3: <ACPI PCI bus> on pcib3
sdhci_pci0: <RICOH R5CE822 SD> mem 0xf3602000-0xf36020ff irq 17 at device 0.0 on pci3
sdhci_pci0: 1 slot(s) allocated
sdhci_pci1: <RICOH R5CE822 SD> mem 0xf3600000-0xf36000ff irq 19 at device 0.4 on pci3
sdhci_pci1: 1 slot(s) allocated
pcib4: <ACPI PCI-PCI bridge> irq 18 at device 28.2 on pci0
pci4: <ACPI PCI bus> on pcib4
mskc0: <Marvell Yukon 88E8059 Gigabit Ethernet> port 0xa000-0xa0ff mem 0xf2220000-0xf2223fff irq 18 at device 0.0 on pci4
msk0: <Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Yukon Optima Id 0xbc Rev 0x01> on mskc0
msk0: Using defaults for TSO: 65518/35/2048
msk0: Ethernet address: 78:84:3c:03:2e:d7
miibus0: <MII bus> on msk0
e1000phy0: <Marvell PHYG65G Gigabit PHY> PHY 0 on miibus0
e1000phy0:  none, 10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, 1000baseT, 1000baseT-master, 1000baseT-FDX, 1000baseT-FDX-master, auto, auto-flow
pcib5: <ACPI PCI-PCI bridge> irq 17 at device 28.5 on pci0
pci5: <ACPI PCI bus> on pcib5
ehci1: <Intel PCH USB 2.0 controller USB-A> mem 0xf5e07000-0xf5e073ff irq 23 at device 29.0 on pci0
usbus1: waiting for BIOS to give up control
usbus1: timed out waiting for BIOS
usbus1: EHCI version 1.0
usbus1 on ehci1
pcib6: <ACPI PCI-PCI bridge> at device 30.0 on pci0
pci13: <ACPI PCI bus> on pcib6
isab0: <PCI-ISA bridge> at device 31.0 on pci0
isa0: <ISA bus> on isab0
ahci0: <Intel 5 Series/3400 Series AHCI SATA controller> port 0xe070-0xe077,0xe060-0xe063,0xe050-0xe057,0xe040-0xe043,0xe020-0xe03f mem 0xf5e06000-0xf5e067ff irq 19 at device 31.2 on pci0
ahci0: AHCI v1.30 with 4 3Gbps ports, Port Multiplier not supported
ahcich0: <AHCI channel> at channel 0 on ahci0
ahcich1: <AHCI channel> at channel 1 on ahci0
ahcich5: <AHCI channel> at channel 5 on ahci0
pcib7: <ACPI Host-PCI bridge> on acpi0
pci63: <ACPI PCI bus> on pcib7
battery0: <ACPI Control Method Battery> on acpi0
acpi_acad0: <AC Adapter> on acpi0
acpi_lid0: <Control Method Lid Switch> on acpi0
acpi_button0: <Power Button> on acpi0
acpi_tz0: <Thermal Zone> on acpi0
acpi_tz1: <Thermal Zone> on acpi0
atkbdc0: <Keyboard controller (i8042)> port 0x60,0x64 irq 1 on acpi0
atkbd0: <AT Keyboard> irq 1 on atkbdc0
kbd0 at atkbd0
atkbd0: [GIANT-LOCKED]
psm0: <PS/2 Mouse> irq 12 on atkbdc0
psm0: model IntelliMouse, device ID 3
sc0: <System console> at flags 0x100 on isa0
sc0: VGA <16 virtual consoles, flags=0x300>
vga0: <Generic ISA VGA> at port 0x3c0-0x3df iomem 0xa0000-0xbffff on isa0
ppc0: cannot reserve I/O port range
coretemp0: <CPU On-Die Thermal Sensors> on cpu0
est0: <Enhanced SpeedStep Frequency Control> on cpu0
p4tcc0: <CPU Frequency Thermal Control> on cpu0
coretemp1: <CPU On-Die Thermal Sensors> on cpu1
est1: <Enhanced SpeedStep Frequency Control> on cpu1
p4tcc1: <CPU Frequency Thermal Control> on cpu1
coretemp2: <CPU On-Die Thermal Sensors> on cpu2
est2: <Enhanced SpeedStep Frequency Control> on cpu2
p4tcc2: <CPU Frequency Thermal Control> on cpu2
coretemp3: <CPU On-Die Thermal Sensors> on cpu3
est3: <Enhanced SpeedStep Frequency Control> on cpu3
p4tcc3: <CPU Frequency Thermal Control> on cpu3
ZFS filesystem version: 5
ZFS storage pool version: features support (5000)
Timecounters tick every 1.000 msec
iSCSI boot driver version 0.2.13
hdacc0: <ATI R6xx HDA CODEC> at cad 0 on hdac0
hdaa0: <ATI R6xx Audio Function Group> at nid 1 on hdacc0
pcm0: <ATI R6xx (HDMI)> at nid 3 on hdaa0
hdacc1: <Realtek ALC269 HDA CODEC> at cad 0 on hdac1
hdaa1: <Realtek ALC269 Audio Function Group> at nid 1 on hdacc1
pcm1: <Realtek ALC269 (Analog 2.0+HP/2.0)> at nid 20,21 and 18 on hdaa1
pcm2: <Realtek ALC269 (Front Analog Mic)> at nid 24 on hdaa1
xmd version 0.5 by NAS4Free Project
xmd: default blocklen 32KB, compression LZ4/LZ4HC, level 6
xmd0: Loaded preload cloop image </mfsroot.uzip> 21732352 bytes at 0xffffffff8211ac60 (128MB disk w/LZ4)
random: unblocking device.
usbus0: 480Mbps High Speed USB v2.0
usbus1: 480Mbps High Speed USB v2.0
ugen1.1: <Intel> at usbus1
uhub0: <Intel EHCI root HUB, class 9/0, rev 2.00/1.00, addr 1> on usbus1
ugen0.1: <Intel> at usbus0
uhub1: <Intel EHCI root HUB, class 9/0, rev 2.00/1.00, addr 1> on usbus0
uhub1: 2 ports with 2 removable, self powered
uhub0: 2 ports with 2 removable, self powered
ugen0.2: <vendor 0x8087> at usbus0
uhub2: <vendor 0x8087 product 0x0020, class 9/0, rev 2.00/0.00, addr 2> on usbus0
ugen1.2: <vendor 0x8087> at usbus1
uhub3: <vendor 0x8087 product 0x0020, class 9/0, rev 2.00/0.00, addr 2> on usbus1
uhub2: 6 ports with 6 removable, self powered
uhub3: 8 ports with 8 removable, self powered
ugen0.3: <USB 2.0 Camera> at usbus0
ugen1.3: <General> at usbus1
umass0: <General UDisk, class 0/0, rev 2.00/1.00, addr 3> on usbus1
umass0:  SCSI over Bulk-Only; quirks = 0x4100
umass0:3:0:-1: Attached to scbus3
da0 at umass-sim0 bus 0 scbus3 target 0 lun 0
da0: <General UDisk 5.00> Removable Direct Access SCSI-2 device
da0: 40.000MB/s transfers
da0: 3840MB (7864320 512 byte sectors: 255H 63S/T 489C)
da0: quirks=0x2<NO_6_BYTE>
ada0 at ahcich0 bus 0 scbus0 target 0 lun 0
ada0: <ST9500325AS 0006SDM2> ATA8-ACS SATA 1.x device
ada0: Serial Number 5VEEVP6P
ada0: 150.000MB/s transfers (SATA 1.x, UDMA6, PIO 8192bytes)
ada0: Command Queueing enabled
ada0: 476940MB (976773168 512 byte sectors: 16H 63S/T 16383C)
cd0 at ahcich1 bus 0 scbus1 target 0 lun 0
cd0: <PIONEER BD-ROM  BDC-TD03 1.00> Removable CD-ROM SCSI device
cd0: 150.000MB/s transfers (SATA 1.x, UDMA5, ATAPI 12bytes, PIO 8192bytes)
cd0: Attempt to query device size failed: NOT READY, Medium not present - tray closed
SMP: AP CPU #1 Launched!
SMP: AP CPU #2 Launched!
SMP: AP CPU #3 Launched!
Timecounter "TSC-low" frequency 1330108589 Hz quality 1000
Trying to mount root from ufs:/dev/xmd0 []...
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