PoFxIdleComponent routine

The PoFxIdleComponent routine decrements the activation reference count on the specified component.


VOID PoFxIdleComponent(
  _In_ POHANDLE Handle,
  _In_ ULONG    Component,
  _In_ ULONG    Flags


Handle [in]

A handle that represents the registration of the device with the power management framework (PoFx). The device driver previously received this handle from the PoFxRegisterDevice routine.

Component [in]

The index that identifies the component. This parameter is an index into the Components array in the PO_FX_DEVICE structure that the device driver used to register the device with PoFx. If the Components array contains N elements, component indexes range from 0 to N–1.

Flags [in]

The flags for the idle operation. Set this member to zero or to one of the following flag PO_FX_FLAG_XXX bits:


These two flag bits are mutually exclusive. For more information, see Remarks.

Return value



A device driver calls PoFxIdleComponent to release an activation reference to a component in a device. The driver obtained the activation reference in a previous call to the PoFxActivateComponent routine. The driver should hold an activation reference on a component only while the driver needs to access the component. To hold an activation reference on a component that is not being used prevents the component from entering a low-power Fx state.

If the driver holds no other activation references to the component, PoFxIdleComponent initiates a transition from the active condition to the idle condition. When this transition completes, PoFx calls the driver's ComponentIdleConditionCallback routine to notify the driver. If the driver retains one or more additional activation references on the component, the component stays in the active condition, and the ComponentIdleConditionCallback routine is not called.

PoFx maintains an activation reference count for each component in the device. The PoFxActivateComponent routine increments this count, and PoFxIdleComponent decrements it. The component remains in the active condition while this count is nonzero. When the driver releases its last activation reference to a component, the count decrements to zero and the component enters the idle condition. After the component enters the idle condition, PoFx can potentially switch the component to a low-power Fx state. For more information, see PoFxActivateComponent.

If Flags = PO_FX_FLAG_BLOCKING, the PoFxIdleComponent call is synchronous. In this case, PoFxIdleComponent waits to return until the component completes the transition to the idle condition. PoFxIdleComponent calls the driver's ComponentIdleConditionCallback callback routine to inform the driver that the component is in the idle condition. This callback occurs in the same thread as the call to PoFxIdleComponent, and PoFxIdleComponent returns only after the ComponentIdleConditionCallback callback returns.

If Flags = PO_FX_FLAG_ASYNC_ONLY, the PoFxIdleComponent call is asynchronous. In this case, PoFxIdleComponent schedules the ComponentIdleConditionCallback callback to occur in another thread, and then returns without waiting for the callback to occur. The callback can occur before or after PoFxIdleComponent returns. The driver should rely on the ComponentIdleConditionCallback callback to determine when the component completes the transition to the idle condition. Until this callback occurs, the driver should assume that the component might still be in the active condition.

The driver can set Flags = 0 to indicate that it does not care whether the PoFxIdleComponent call is synchronous or asynchronous. In this case, PoFx decides whether to make the call synchronous or asynchronous.


Target platform



Available starting with Windows 8.









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