Linked by Mike on Fri 11th Nov 2011 18:40 UTC
Linux "At long last, it looks like there is an adequate solution to the Active State Power Management (ASPM) problem in the Linux kernel , a.k.a. the well-known and wide-spread power regression in the Linux 2.6.38 kernel, which has been causing many laptops to go through significantly more power than they should. This is not another workaround, but rather a behavioral change in the kernel to better decide when the PCI Express ASPM support should be toggled."
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RE: Gigabyte's response
by bassbeast on Sun 13th Nov 2011 17:29 UTC in reply to "Gigabyte's response"
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If this bothers you friend stick with AMD CPUs. AMD has already announced their future boards will be built around coreboot which is FOSS. For the first time you'll have the possibility of having the entire machine from the BIOS up completely open to modification if that is your desire.

As for TFA? Its an OEM thing and NOT a Windows thing. I have run into plenty of OEM boards with corners cut that certain versions of Windows wouldn't run either without serious hacks or workaround because some PHB thought it would be a great idea to leave critical settings out of the BIOS. Who can forget such classics as the Sony laptops that had Intel chips that support VT but had it turned off in BIOS with NO way to turn it back on, or the lovely eMachines units where you HAD to have perfectly matched RAM or it wouldn't read one slot because it would automatically try to go into dual mode with two chips, again with NO way to change it?

The key is to stick with OEMs that give you plenty of options like ECS and Asus and if you care about openness go AMD with coreboot. Otherwise you are rolling the dice.

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