Re: [PATCH] trim memory not covered by WB MTRRs

From: Pavel Machek
Date: Tue Jun 12 2007 - 10:50:34 EST


> On some machines, buggy BIOSes don't properly setup WB MTRRs to
> cover all available RAM, meaning the last few megs (or even gigs)
> of memory will be marked uncached. Since Linux tends to allocate
> from high memory addresses first, this causes the machine to be
> unusably slow as soon as the kernel starts really using memory
> (i.e. right around init time).

> + if ((highest_addr >> PAGE_SHIFT) != end_pfn) {
> + printk(KERN_WARNING "***************\n");
> + printk(KERN_WARNING "**** WARNING: likely BIOS bug\n");
> + printk(KERN_WARNING "**** MTRRs don't cover all of "
> + "memory, trimmed %ld pages\n", end_pfn -
> + (highest_addr >> PAGE_SHIFT));
> + printk(KERN_WARNING "***************\n");
> + end_pfn = highest_addr >> PAGE_SHIFT;

Missing 4K of memory is not worth 4K of junk in syslog per boot. Can
you drop the stars and stop shouting?

(cesky, pictures)
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