Commit 3b02d332 authored by Hans de Goede's avatar Hans de Goede Committed by Jean Delvare
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hwmon: (f71882fg) Add documentation

Add some documentation about the f71882fg driver, and update the Kconfig
documentation to report the new supported models.
Signed-off-by: default avatarHans de Goede <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarJean Delvare <>
parent 30453018
Kernel driver f71882fg
Supported chips:
* Fintek F71882FG and F71883FG
Prefix: 'f71882fg'
Addresses scanned: none, address read from Super I/O config space
Datasheet: Available from the Fintek website
* Fintek F71862FG and F71863FG
Prefix: 'f71862fg'
Addresses scanned: none, address read from Super I/O config space
Datasheet: Available from the Fintek website
* Fintek F8000
Prefix: 'f8000'
Addresses scanned: none, address read from Super I/O config space
Datasheet: Not public
Author: Hans de Goede <>
Fintek F718xxFG/F8000 Super I/O chips include complete hardware monitoring
capabilities. They can monitor up to 9 voltages (3 for the F8000), 4 fans and
3 temperature sensors.
These chips also have fan controlling features, using either DC or PWM, in
three different modes (one manual, two automatic).
The driver assumes that no more than one chip is present, which seems
The Voltage, Fan and Temperature Monitoring uses the standard sysfs
interface as documented in sysfs-interface, without any exceptions.
Fan Control
Both PWM (pulse-width modulation) and DC fan speed control methods are
supported. The right one to use depends on external circuitry on the
motherboard, so the driver assumes that the BIOS set the method
There are 2 modes to specify the speed of the fan, PWM duty cycle (or DC
voltage) mode, where 0-100% duty cycle (0-100% of 12V) is specified. And RPM
mode where the actual RPM of the fan (as measured) is controlled and the speed
gets specified as 0-100% of the fan#_full_speed file.
Since both modes work in a 0-100% (mapped to 0-255) scale, there isn't a
whole lot of a difference when modifying fan control settings. The only
important difference is that in RPM mode the 0-100% controls the fan speed
between 0-100% of fan#_full_speed. It is assumed that if the BIOS programs
RPM mode, it will also set fan#_full_speed properly, if it does not then
fan control will not work properly, unless you set a sane fan#_full_speed
value yourself.
Switching between these modes requires re-initializing a whole bunch of
registers, so the mode which the BIOS has set is kept. The mode is
printed when loading the driver.
Three different fan control modes are supported; the mode number is written
to the pwm#_enable file. Note that not all modes are supported on all
chips, and some modes may only be available in RPM / PWM mode on the F8000.
Writing an unsupported mode will result in an invalid parameter error.
* 1: Manual mode
You ask for a specific PWM duty cycle / DC voltage or a specific % of
fan#_full_speed by writing to the pwm# file. This mode is only
available on the F8000 if the fan channel is in RPM mode.
* 2: Normal auto mode
You can define a number of temperature/fan speed trip points, which % the
fan should run at at this temp and which temp a fan should follow using the
standard sysfs interface. The number and type of trip points is chip
depended, see which files are available in sysfs.
Fan/PWM channel 3 of the F8000 is always in this mode!
* 3: Thermostat mode (Only available on the F8000 when in duty cycle mode)
The fan speed is regulated to keep the temp the fan is mapped to between
temp#_auto_point2_temp and temp#_auto_point3_temp.
Both of the automatic modes require that pwm1 corresponds to fan1, pwm2 to
fan2 and pwm3 to fan3.
......@@ -284,11 +284,12 @@ config SENSORS_F71805F
will be called f71805f.
config SENSORS_F71882FG
tristate "Fintek F71882FG and F71883FG"
tristate "Fintek F71862FG, F71882FG and F8000"
If you say yes here you get support for hardware monitoring
features of the Fintek F71882FG and F71883FG Super-I/O chips.
features of the Fintek F71882FG/F71883FG, F71862FG/71863FG
and F8000 Super-I/O chips.
This driver can also be built as a module. If so, the module
will be called f71882fg.
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