HOT Roddy heating up
Sit down and
read carefully. This is one of those posts important enough for me to put on
the blog. I hasten to add that I am only reporting my own results, but, as I joked
earlier, I’m among very few M1530 users advanced enough to care to monitor
internal temperatures. If Roddy sneezes, I start feeding her Zi-Cam! J
Ok, I reloaded
the A05 BIOS rev, and the difference is just as startling as I expected. How startling?
I am watching DLTV in the background as I type this. CPU = 132F/50%, GPU = 123F,
Memory = 130F(unchanged from A08). Yes, the GPU is 40F cooler, and the CPU load
is down at Lilly-class levels.
As a long-time Dell
user, my advice to Dell is to send A08 to the same oblivion A07 went to at Warp
12. Seriously. As a system programmer, I can pretty much gather what the problem
is. Something in A08 puts the graphics unit into a “busy loop.” That
in turn creates a flood of interrupt requests that the CPU has to constantly answer.
It’s the digital equivalent of constipation, and the side-effects are
just as far-reaching. System performance and power consumption go into the crapper.
Worse, the systems are doing a slow bake, and most users won’t associate
that with the BIOS rev. A08 must die.
Of course, if I
ran the department, whoever begot A08 would receive daily floggings until they
got A09 right. (Can you tell I’m really into the Aubrey/Maturin book series—e.g.,
Master and Commander?)
My family still
thinks I should be paid for debugging Dell toys.