Re: PCI: Fix boot-time hang on G31/G33 PC

From: Greg KH
Date: Fri Sep 28 2007 - 13:16:51 EST

On Thu, Sep 27, 2007 at 11:36:32AM -0700, Kok, Auke wrote:
> Ivan Kokshaysky wrote:
> > On Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 03:20:40PM -0700, Jesse Barnes wrote:
> >> Ivan, your concern is about disabling things like interrupt controllers
> >> and power management chips during probe right? You're right that doing
> >> that could cause problems if we get and interrupt or PMU event at just
> >> the wrong time, but that could just as easily happen if decode was
> >> still enabled but the BAR had a bogus address programmed (as it would
> >> during probing).
> >
> > Yes, nobody is arguing that moving the BAR around is unsafe, but generally
> > it's the less of two evils.
> >
> > The major problem here is that with IO and MEM bits cleared in the command
> > register you disable *all* address decoders on the device, not just ranges
> > that have respective BARs. At least this behaviour is required by PCI spec.
> > Examples:
> > - legacy VGA IO and memory (no corresponding BARs);
> > - base/limit registers of P2P bridge;
> > - PMU and SMBus registers (sort of normal BARs, but hidden elsewhere
> > in the config space);
> > - IDE legacy mode registers;
> > - IO-APIC registers (typically sort of read-only BAR).
> >
> > For all of these address ranges our current BAR probe is effectively
> > a no-op, but disable/re-enable clearly isn't.
> >
> >> Ultimately, I don't care much one way or another as long as we can get
> >> the desktop platforms fixed somehow. I think disabling decode is the
> >> most correct way of doing this, but I'm open to other solutions (this
> >> is the only patch I've seen though that's been tested to solve the
> >> problem).
> >
> > There are two other solutions: one is to disable decode selectively,
> > only on devices or systems where it's necessary and known to be safe.
> > I've posted a patch which introduces "disable_while_probe" pci_dev field
> > for that purpose.
> > Another one is to delay mmconfig probe until after the PCI probe is done,
> > as Matthew suggested, and Robert confirmed that it's feasible.
> for everyone who's using this quirk or has the same boot issue: I just confirmed
> that the new dg33tl bios update v0287 (released 9/20) fixes the boot issue for my
> systems. I encourage everyone to update their BIOS image and see if this works.

Thanks for letting us know. So, another reason to drop this patch :)


greg k-h
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