Re: Turning off camera also kills card reader on EeePC 900

From: Alan Jenkins
Date: Mon Sep 15 2008 - 15:40:28 EST

Sitsofe Wheeler wrote:

Alan Jenkins wrote:
Ok. So the platform driver settings do match those in the BIOS. My
guess would be the platform driver is fine and the BIOS screws up.

I was afraid you were going to say that.

The "HC died" message is interesting. Sounds like the controller for
these two USB devices stops working. Maybe try unloading and reloading
the ehci module? I don't think I can help any more though.

I compiled the kernel without module support so unless there's some sysfs trick that can be done...

Well, since you ask :-P. Here's an equivalent incantation. I hope it's not too brittle. Don't forget to unmount the SD card first.

cd /sys/module/ehci_hcd/drivers/pci:ehci_hcd
echo -n 0000:00:1d.7 | sudo tee unbind; echo -n 0000:00:1d.7 | sudo tee bind

The magic number is the PCI ID for the USB Host Controller, taken from your error message.

If the manual "bind" works you should then see a symlink, "0000:00:1d.7" in that directory.
- Are any BIOS upgrades available? None of them mention this problem,
but the descriptions often miss out details. [1][2]

For some reason I thought I had once seen an 804 BIOS but I only see 802 on the EeePC 900 page (link below) and the even older 704 BIOS on .

- It might be necessary to compare with the pre-installed OS
- Is the pre-installed kernel any better (files might be under
/proc/acpi/asus instead)? I guess you might not have the time or
resources to test that though.

The Xandros install has the following files in /proc/acpi/asus/
brn camera cardr cpufv disp hdps init type wlan

I have no idea what cpufv, disp, hdps, init or type are. Doing echo 1 > camera && echo 0 > camera under this setup does NOT disappear the SD card.
Rats. So there is some secret the mainline driver is missing :-(.
Additionally brn seems to really represent the current LCD brightness (whereas it does not on a stock kernel and seems to always be set to -19)
It might have bitrotted on stock kernels? The newer interface is under /sys/class/backlight.
and the hotkeys (e.g. for brightness) seem to respond far more quickly than the stock kernel too.
Heh heh. I know all too much about that. It's a problem with the ACPI Embedded Controller driver, a hardware bug which triggered a regression in 2.6.25.

I'm currently running... it claims to be 2.6.27-rc4 but it might be 2.6.27-rc5 or something in between... which includes a fix. I'm not confident that they haven't broken it again since then. The problem is there are just so many different types of buggy EC's. "Fixes" for some buggy hardware break other buggy hardware. Very nasty.
- The source code is... a 2Gb+ rar file someone would have to download
and pick apart.

2.6Gbytes of multipart RAR. Joy.

> [1] Asus downloads <>

This link seems to be for the 701 only.

Does anyone know if the archives on (release dates appear to be 5th September 2008) are actually any different?

Why do you say that? Are the filesizes suspiciously identical?

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