Hacking Speedstep

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by kensenjiha, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Older MacBook/MBP/MBA's run very hot. I'm trying to underclock them. already figure out a hardware method (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=13279309#post13279309). Reduced the FSB from 200MHz to 100/133/166MHz. Now i'm trying to undervoltage. It's not so practical hard way.

    look into /S/L/Ex, there is a IOPlatformPluginFamily.kext/Contents/PlugIns/ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin.kext/Contents/Resources, some plist like "MacBookPro5_1.plist" seems contain speedstep policy inside. I did mod the GPU part. This can reduce GPU heating and loss some performance.

    Code:
    <key>GPUThresholdDict</key>
    <dict>
            <key>MacBookPro3,1</key>
            <string>TA2</string>
            <key>TA2</key>
            <array>
                    <dict>
                            <key>high-threshold</key>
                            <integer>90</integer>
                            <key>low-threshold</key>
                            <integer>0</integer>
                            <key>threshold-method</key>
                            <integer>1</integer>
                    </dict>
                    <dict>
                            <key>high-threshold</key>
                            <integer>93</integer>
                            <key>low-threshold</key>
                            <integer>91</integer>
                    </dict>
                    <dict>
                            <key>high-threshold</key>
                            <integer>96</integer>
                            <key>low-threshold</key>
                            <integer>94</integer>
                    </dict>
                    <dict>
                            <key>high-threshold</key>
                            <integer>100</integer>
                            <key>history-length</key>
                            <integer>1</integer>
                            <key>low-threshold</key>
                            <integer>97</integer>
                    </dict>
            </array>
    </dict>

    Now, I'm trying to hack StepDataDict under CtrlLoopArray, IE
    Code:
    <key>MacBookPro3,1</key>
    <string>SP1</string>
    <key>SP1</key>
    <data>xgYAAAAAAQIEAAACAgAAVQBuAHMAcABlAGMAaQBmAGkAZQBkDAAH/....(this binary value can be decoded by xcode or other plist tool)
    Can any one help me to parse the structure of this binary data? I already found a unicode string "Unspecified", and 2 table like structure. one of them has 10 bytes in group,
    Code:
    03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00
    the other looks not very alligned, with "05 ff" pattern. 14 or 28 bytes in group.

    here is whole data of MacBookPro3_1.plist
    Code:
    c6 06 00 00 00 00 01 02 04 00 00 02 02 00 00 55 00 6e 00 73 00 70 00 65 00 63 00 69 00 66 00 69 00 65 00 64 0c 00 07 ff 07 00 00 21 00 00 00 02 00 00 01 ff ff 00 ff 00 ff 00 ff 00 ff 00 ff 00 06 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 00 00 ff 01 00 03 ff 00 0b 0f 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00 00 00 01 00 00 00 f5 00 01 05 00 00 1f 00 00 05 ff 00 0d 00 00 00 02 00 00 00 1f 06 00 00 02 00 00 00 04 00 00 00 a0 00 0f 05 00 00 20 04 00 00 20 00 00 00 0d 00 00 00 03 00 00 00 20 06 00 00 08 0a 00 00 1d 00 00 05ff
    maybe we can hack these to change CPU/GPU Frequency / Voltage settings.
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    #2

    Very cool. Did you ever get any success with this?
     

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