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Manual Reference Pages  -  ACPI (4)


acpi - Advanced Configuration and Power Management support


Sysctl Variables
Loader Tunables
Disabling Acpi
Debugging Output
Overriding Your Bios Bytecode
See Also


.Cd device acpi

.Cd options ACPI_DEBUG
.Cd options DDB


The acpi driver provides support for the Intel/Microsoft/Compaq/Toshiba ACPI standard. This support includes platform hardware discovery (superseding the PnP and PCI BIOS), as well as power management (superseding APM) and other features. ACPI core support is provided by the ACPI CA reference implementation from Intel.

Note that the acpi driver is automatically loaded by the loader(8), and should only be compiled into the kernel on platforms where ACPI is mandatory.


The acpi driver is intended to provide power management without user intervention. If the default settings are not optimal, the following sysctls can be used to modify or monitor acpi behavior.
  Enable dumping Debug objects without
.Cd options ACPI_DEBUG . Default is 0, ignore Debug objects.
  AC line state (1 means online, 0 means on battery power).
  Debugging information listing the percent of total usage for each sleep state. The values are reset when hw.acpi.cpu.cx_lowest is modified.
  Lowest Cx state to use for idling the CPU. A scheduling algorithm will select states between C1 and this setting as system load dictates. To enable ACPI CPU idling control, machdep.idle should be set to acpi if it is listed in machdep.idle_available
  List of supported CPU idle states and their transition latency in microseconds. Each state has a type (e.g., C2). C1 is equivalent to the ia32 HLT instruction, C2 provides a deeper sleep with the same semantics, and C3 provides the deepest sleep but additionally requires bus mastering to be disabled. States greater than C3 provide even more power savings with the same semantics as the C3 state. Deeper sleeps provide more power savings but increased transition latency when an interrupt occurs.
  Disable ACPI during the reboot process. Most systems reboot fine with ACPI still enabled, but some require exiting to legacy mode first. Default is 0, leave ACPI enabled.
  Use the ACPI Reset Register capability to reboot the system. Some newer systems require use of this register, while some only work with legacy rebooting support.
  Suspend state (S1 [en] S5) to enter when the lid switch (i.e., a notebook screen) is closed. Default is "NONE" (do nothing).
  Suspend state (S1 [en] S5) to enter when the power button is pressed. Default is S5 (power-off nicely).
  Reset the video adapter from real mode during the resume path. Some systems need this help, others have display problems if it is enabled. Default is 0 (disabled).
  Indicate whether the system supports S4BIOS. This means that the BIOS can handle all the functions of suspending the system to disk. Otherwise, the OS is responsible for suspending to disk (S4OS). Most current systems do not support S4BIOS.
  Suspend state (S1 [en] S5) to enter when the sleep button is pressed. This is usually a special function button on the keyboard. Default is S3 (suspend-to-RAM).
  Wait this number of seconds between preparing the system to suspend and actually entering the suspend state. Default is 1 second.
  Suspend states (S1 [en] S5) supported by the BIOS.
S1 Quick suspend to RAM. The CPU enters a lower power state, but most peripherals are left running.
S2 Lower power state than S1, but with the same basic characteristics. Not supported by many systems.
S3 Suspend to RAM. Most devices are powered off, and the system stops running except for memory refresh.
S4 Suspend to disk. All devices are powered off, and the system stops running. When resuming, the system starts as if from a cold power on. Not yet supported by
.Fx unless S4BIOS is available.
S5 System shuts down cleanly and powers off.
  Enable verbose printing from the various ACPI subsystems.


Tunables can be set at the loader(8) prompt before booting the kernel or stored in /boot/loader.conf. Many of these tunables also have a matching sysctl(8) entry for access after boot.
  Enables loading of a custom ACPI DSDT.
  Name of the DSDT table to load, if loading is enabled.
  Do not use the MADT to match ACPI Processor objects to CPUs. This is needed on a few systems with a buggy BIOS that does not use consistent processor IDs. Default is 0 (disabled).
  Selectively disables portions of ACPI for debugging purposes.
  Enable less strict ACPI implementations. Default is 1, ignore common BIOS mistakes.
  Specify the number of task threads that are started on boot. Limiting this to 1 may help work around various BIOSes that cannot handle parallel requests. The default value is 3.
  Override any automatic quirks completely.
  Beep the PC speaker on resume. This can help diagnose suspend/resume problems. Default is 0 (disabled).
  Set this to 1 to disable all of ACPI. If ACPI has been disabled on your system due to a blacklist entry for your BIOS, you can set this to 0 to re-enable ACPI for testing.
  Delay in milliseconds to wait for the EC to respond. Try increasing this number if you get the error "AE_NO_HARDWARE_RESPONSE".
  Override the assumed memory starting address for PCI host bridges.
hw.acpi.install_interface, hw.acpi.remove_interface
  Install or remove OS interface(s) to control return value of _OSI’ query method. When an OS interface is specified in hw.acpi.install_interface, _OSI query for the interface returns it is supported. Conversely, when an OS interface is specified in hw.acpi.remove_interface, _OSI query returns it is not supported. Multiple interfaces can be specified in a comma-separated list and any leading white spaces will be ignored. For example, "FreeBSD, Linux" is a valid list of two interfaces "FreeBSD" and "Linux".
  Enables calling the VESA reset BIOS vector on the resume path. This can fix some graphics cards that have problems such as LCD white-out after resume. Default is 0 (disabled).
  Allow override of whether methods execute in parallel or not. Enable this for serial behavior, which fixes "AE_ALREADY_EXISTS" errors for AML that really cannot handle parallel method execution. It is off by default since this breaks recursive methods and some IBMs use such code.
  Turn on verbose debugging information about what ACPI is doing.
  Override the interrupt to use for this link and index. This capability should be used carefully, and only if a device is not working with acpi enabled. "%s" is the name of the link (e.g., LNKA). "%d" is the resource index when the link supports multiple IRQs. Most PCI links only have one IRQ resource, so the below form should be used.
  Override the interrupt to use. This capability should be used carefully, and only if a device is not working with acpi enabled. "%s" is the name of the link (e.g., LNKA).


Since ACPI support on different platforms varies greatly, there are many debugging and tuning options available.

For machines known not to work with acpi enabled, there is a BIOS blacklist. Currently, the blacklist only controls whether acpi should be disabled or not. In the future, it will have more granularity to control features (the infrastructure for that is already there).

To enable acpi (for debugging purposes, etc.) on machines that are on the blacklist, set the kernel environment variable hint.acpi.0.disabled to 0. Before trying this, consider updating your BIOS to a more recent version that may be compatible with ACPI.

To disable the acpi driver completely, set the kernel environment variable hint.acpi.0.disabled to 1.

Some i386 machines totally fail to operate with some or all of ACPI disabled. Other i386 machines fail with ACPI enabled. Disabling all or part of ACPI on non-i386 platforms (i.e., platforms where ACPI support is mandatory) may result in a non-functional system.

The acpi driver comprises a set of drivers, which may be selectively disabled in case of problems. To disable a sub-driver, list it in the kernel environment variable debug.acpi.disabled. Multiple entries can be listed, separated by a space.

ACPI sub-devices and features that can be disabled:
all Disable all ACPI features and devices.
acad (Vt device) Supports AC adapter.
bus (Vt feature) Probes and attaches subdevices. Disabling will avoid scanning the ACPI namespace entirely.
children (Vt feature) Attaches standard ACPI sub-drivers and devices enumerated in the ACPI namespace. Disabling this has a similar effect to disabling "bus", except that the ACPI namespace will still be scanned.
button (Vt device) Supports ACPI button devices (typically power and sleep buttons).
cmbat (Vt device) Control-method batteries device.
cpu (Vt device) Supports CPU power-saving and speed-setting functions.
ec (Vt device) Supports the ACPI Embedded Controller interface, used to communicate with embedded platform controllers.
isa (Vt device) Supports an ISA bus bridge defined in the ACPI namespace, typically as a child of a PCI bus.
lid (Vt device) Supports an ACPI laptop lid switch, which typically puts a system to sleep.
quirks (Vt feature) Do not honor quirks. Quirks automatically disable ACPI functionality based on the XSDT table’s OEM vendor name and revision date.
pci (Vt device) Supports Host to PCI bridges.
pci_link (Vt feature) Performs PCI interrupt routing.
  (Vt device) Pseudo-devices containing resources which ACPI claims.
thermal (Vt device) Supports system cooling and heat management.
timer (Vt device) Implements a timecounter using the ACPI fixed-frequency timer.
video (Vt device) Supports acpi_video(4) which may conflict with agp(4) device.

It is also possible to avoid portions of the ACPI namespace which may be causing problems, by listing the full path of the root of the region to be avoided in the kernel environment variable debug.acpi.avoid. The object and all of its children will be ignored during the bus/children scan of the namespace. The ACPI CA code will still know about the avoided region.


To enable debugging output, acpi must be compiled with
.Cd options ACPI_DEBUG . Debugging output is separated between layers and levels, where a layer is a component of the ACPI subsystem, and a level is a particular kind of debugging output.

Both layers and levels are specified as a whitespace-separated list of tokens, with layers listed in debug.acpi.layer and levels in debug.acpi.level.

The first set of layers is for ACPI-CA components, and the second is for
.Fx drivers. The ACPI-CA layer descriptions include the prefix for the files they refer to. The supported layers are:

ACPI_UTILITIES Utility ("ut") functions
ACPI_HARDWARE Hardware access ("hw")
ACPI_EVENTS Event and GPE ("ev")
ACPI_TABLES Table access ("tb")
ACPI_NAMESPACE Namespace evaluation ("ns")
ACPI_PARSER AML parser ("ps")
ACPI_DISPATCHER Internal representation of interpreter state ("ds")
ACPI_EXECUTER Execute AML methods ("ex")
ACPI_RESOURCES Resource parsing ("rs")
ACPI_CA_DEBUGGER Debugger implementation ("db", "dm")
ACPI_OS_SERVICES Usermode support routines ("os")
ACPI_CA_DISASSEMBLER Disassembler implementation (unused)
ACPI_ALL_COMPONENTS All the above ACPI-CA components
ACPI_AC_ADAPTER AC adapter driver
ACPI_BATTERY Control-method battery driver
ACPI_BUS ACPI, ISA, and PCI bus drivers
ACPI_BUTTON Power and sleep button driver
ACPI_EC Embedded controller driver
ACPI_FAN Fan driver
ACPI_OEM Platform-specific driver for hotkeys, LED, etc.
ACPI_POWER Power resource driver
ACPI_THERMAL Thermal zone driver
ACPI_TIMER Timer driver
ACPI_ALL_DRIVERS All the above
.Fx ACPI drivers

The supported levels are:

ACPI_LV_INIT Initialization progress
ACPI_LV_DEBUG_OBJECT Stores to objects
ACPI_LV_INFO General information and progress
ACPI_LV_REPAIR Repair a common problem with predefined methods
ACPI_LV_ALL_EXCEPTIONS All the previous levels
  All the previous levels
  All the previous levels
  All the previous levels
  All levels after "ACPI_LV_VERBOSITY3"

Selection of the appropriate layer and level values is important to avoid massive amounts of debugging output. For example, the following configuration is a good way to gather initial information. It enables debug output for both ACPI-CA and the acpi driver, printing basic information about errors, warnings, and progress.


Debugging output by the ACPI CA subsystem is prefixed with the module name in lowercase, followed by a source line number. Output from the
.Fx Ns -local code follows the same format, but the module name is uppercased.


ACPI interprets bytecode named AML (ACPI Machine Language) provided by the BIOS vendor as a memory image at boot time. Sometimes, the AML code contains a bug that does not appear when parsed by the Microsoft implementation.
.Fx provides a way to override it with your own AML code to work around or debug such problems. Note that all AML in your DSDT and any SSDT tables is overridden.

In order to load your AML code, you must edit /boot/loader.conf and include the following lines.

acpi_dsdt_name="/boot/acpi_dsdt.aml" # You may change this name.

In order to prepare your AML code, you will need the acpidump(8) and iasl(8) utilities and some ACPI knowledge.


ACPI is only found and supported on i386/ia32, ia64, and amd64.


kenv(1), acpi_thermal(4), device.hints(5), loader.conf(5), acpiconf(8), acpidump(8), config(8), iasl(8)
.Rs Advanced Configuration and Power Interface Specification


.An -nosplit The ACPI CA subsystem is developed and maintained by Intel Architecture Labs.

The following people made notable contributions to the ACPI subsystem in
.Fx :
.An Michael Smith ,
.An Takanori Watanabe Aq ,
.An Mitsuru IWASAKI Aq ,
.An Munehiro Matsuda ,
.An Nate Lawson , the ACPI-jp mailing list at <>, and many other contributors.

This manual page was written by
.An Michael Smith Aq .


Many BIOS versions have serious bugs that may cause system instability, break suspend/resume, or prevent devices from operating properly due to IRQ routing problems. Upgrade your BIOS to the latest version available from the vendor before deciding it is a problem with acpi.
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