Phoronix Readers Help With Nouveau Power Management
Written by Michael Larabel in Nouveau on 13 October 2010 at 10:55 AM EDT. 1 Comment
If you thought you had to be an advanced computer programmer to be of significant help with an open-source project, especially when it comes to something very technical like a graphics processor driver, guess again. The Nouveau developers send their regards to those of you that submitted dumps of their video BIOS and strap registers in order to help them with their reverse-engineering of memory timing manipulation for the Nouveau driver.

It turns out after we passed along the notice of Nouveau developers needing this information dumps for a wide variety of NVIDIA hardware to test their theories concerning the memory timing tables, Phoronix readers came through and submitted dozens of dumps, which is more than they needed or were expecting. As said on Nouveau IRC:
btw, phoronix helped us quite a bit, we have 68 vbioses along with timing info and the associated strap register. PM will get a lot faster now that we can check on tons of vbios!

Nouveau power management can now move forward further and faster thanks to all of you and the great work of these free software developers.
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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via Twitter or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.

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