Bug#518382: gnome-applets: CPU Frequency Scaling Is Invisible when added to panel and is therefore unusable!

Deniz Akcal gamingtechnology at yahoo.ca
Wed Mar 18 23:24:15 UTC 2009

That is a good argument however for applications such as folding at home that are running programs that will always assign more workloads to the CPU when it completes the current workload, limiting the clock speed does in fact reduce power consumption, etc. I use folding at home and would like to have it locked at half the clock speed so that the computer doesn't start needing to spin the fan even ocassionally.

--- On Fri, 3/6/09, Josselin Mouette <joss at debian.org> wrote:

From: Josselin Mouette <joss at debian.org>
Subject: Re: Bug#518382: gnome-applets: CPU Frequency Scaling Is Invisible when added to panel and is therefore unusable!
To: "Deniz Akcal" <gamingtechnology at yahoo.ca>, 518382 at bugs.debian.org
Received: Friday, March 6, 2009, 10:39 AM

severity 518382 important

Le jeudi 05 mars 2009 à 14:34 -0500, Deniz Akcal a écrit :
> Package: gnome-applets
> Version: 2.22.3-3
> Severity: grave
> Justification: renders package unusable
> Right clicking on panel and selecting “Add to Panel” and choosing “CPU
> Frequency Scaling Monitor” creates an invisible icon in which you need
> to guess where it is if you want to remove the invisible icon from the
> panel by right clicking everywhere. If you catch its location, you can
> manage to get to the preferences etc but that doesn't help with using
> the applet. I've seen this bug closed but the bug is still very much
> there on 32 and 64 bit Lenny! (I am reporting from 64 bit Lenny
> computer) 

Is cpufrequtils installed?

> This is important since it can allow students like myself to lock our
> CPU's multipliers at 6x (Core 2 Duo or Pentium Dual-Core for example)
> and save battery power; it can also be (slightly) useful for
> over-clockers that don't always need the extra speed! And of course,
> it can be used by those who just want to be environmentally friendly.

It is a common mistake to think you will save power by locking down the
frequency. By doing so, you are actually increasing the power
consumption. The only thing you should do to save power is to set the
CPU frequency governor to “ondemand” – something that cpufrequtils will
do for you.

For more information, see http://mjg59.livejournal.com/88608.html

(And please don’t bring up “environmentally friendly” arguments, we’re
all using computers that imply huge pollution for both fabricating and
destructing them.)

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