Re: ACPI broken... again!

From: Disconnect (
Date: Tue Jun 17 2003 - 10:12:08 EST

On Tue, 2003-06-17 at 10:44, Felix von Leitner wrote:
> Linux 2.5.70 and above have broken ACPI. Again. This is my fifth
> machine on which I try ACPI, two notebooks and three desktops, chipsets
> from Intel, VIA and SiS, no matter, ACPI still breaks 'em all.
> Why oh why is ACPI so horrendously broken?

Because its a moderately bad spec that your vendor implemented to deal
with a horrid redmond interpreter. (And, to make things worse, the
linux-acpi team specifically insists on implementing the spec, not the
reality. "We refuse to be bug-for-bug compatible with the other major
implementation." So linux-acpi is "right" but redmond-acpi is tested
and actually works.)

> And more to the point: if it _is_ this broken, why ship it at all? I
> don't recall a single moment where ACPI did anything good for me, only

I'm kinda fond of battery status. And pci interrupt routing (convenient,
that..) and the half-dozen or so important other functions that even a
half-broken ACPI provides on my main machine (laptop, no APM support at
all.) And as a side note, especially on laptops, the DSDT (bios "talk
to acpi-managed hardware like this" bytecode) tends to be dramatically
broken. has info on patching it, some pre-patched tables,

Hate it? Well... that'd be why its a configure option.

Disconnect <>

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