I cannot go beyond 800MHz on my Dell XPS 13 Ivybridge CPU.

$ cpupower frequency-info
analyzing CPU 0:
  driver: intel_pstate
  CPUs which run at the same hardware frequency: 0
  CPUs which need to have their frequency coordinated by software: 0
  maximum transition latency: 0.97 ms.
  hardware limits: 800 MHz - 2.60 GHz
  available cpufreq governors: performance, powersave
  current policy: frequency should be within 1000 MHz and 2.60 GHz.
                  The governor "performance" may decide which speed to use
                  within this range.
  current CPU frequency is 800 MHz.
  boost state support:
    Supported: yes
    Active: yes
    25500 MHz max turbo 4 active cores
    25500 MHz max turbo 3 active cores
    25500 MHz max turbo 2 active cores
    25500 MHz max turbo 1 active cores

Even if issue sudo cpupower frequency-set -g performance I still get 800MHz. Then I tried

$ sudo cpupower frequency-set -f 2.60GHz
Setting cpu: 0
Error setting new values. Common errors:
- Do you have proper administration rights? (super-user?)
- Is the governor you requested available and modprobed?
- Trying to set an invalid policy?
- Trying to set a specific frequency, but userspace governor is not available,
   for example because of hardware which cannot be set to a specific frequency
   or because the userspace governor isn't loaded?

...no luck. My laptop is slow especially when running on battery. I saw that there was an open bug here which seems to be similar to my experience but it was closed for not enough info. Can someone help me please?


I booted with the intel_pstate=disable option and now I can set frequencies and governors. However my laptop is still slow and unresponsive even in performance mode, so there's something else giving problems.

  • could be that your charger has failed and is no longer recognized as a Dell(tm) charger. When that happens my latitude d630 locks itself to 800mhz, too, and refuses to charge. – Wyatt8740 Feb 8 '16 at 11:53

you need to load the userspace module

modprobe cpufreq_userspace

and set the governor

cpupower frequency-set --governor userspace

The files in /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/ provide information and a means of controlling the frequency scaling subsystem. Seed values are given in Khz. You need to be root to access the /sys filesystem.


Your max speed is at /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/cpuinfo_max_freq.

cat /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/cpuinfo_max_freq

Your min speed is at /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/cpuinfo_min_freq.

cat /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/cpuinfo_min_freq

you can write to /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_setspeed to change the current speed.

echo 700000 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_setspeed

cat /proc/cpuinfo

cpu MHz  : 697.252

echo 900000 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_setspeed
cat /proc/cpuinfo
cpu MHz  : 976.152

To get more informations how to change frequency


To show frequency and more informations try to install i7z

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install i7z

to run i7z type: sudo i7z

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