Re: [git pull] agp patches for 2.6.28-rc1.

From: Andres Freund
Date: Sun Oct 19 2008 - 21:59:13 EST


On Monday 20 October 2008 03:35:21 Keith Packard wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-10-20 at 03:00 +0200, Andres Freund wrote:
> > Hm. But still, there is at least one distribution (ubuntu intrepid) which
> > will propably will ship 2.4.1 in its stable version soon (it seems
> > unlikely that they will update to an unstable version just before an
> > release).
> We can backport the fix (it's tiny) to the 2.4 2D driver.
Its basically only this, right?

diff --git a/src/i830_driver.c b/src/i830_driver.c
index c1d61f4..eaf5d27 100644
--- a/src/i830_driver.c
+++ b/src/i830_driver.c
@@ -502,8 +502,8 @@ I830DetectMemory(ScrnInfoPtr pScrn)
range = gtt_size + 4;

/* new 4 series hardware has seperate GTT stolen with GFX stolen */
- if (IS_G4X(pI830))
- range = 0;
+ if (IS_G4X(pI830) || IS_GM45(pI830))
+ range = 4;

if (IS_I85X(pI830) || IS_I865G(pI830) || IS_I9XX(pI830)) {
switch (gmch_ctrl & I855_GMCH_GMS_MASK) {

Barring that I have absolutely idea about the code and all related stuff, do I
see it correct, that this also will result in problems if the kernel doesn't
have the related fix?

> > Which means, that this driver will get quite some spread...
> > Is it accepted that the kernel abi breaks that radically/fast?
> We tested a pile of hardware and didn't find any GM45s that worked, so
> we assumed they were all broken and that fixing the bug wouldn't cause
> any working configurations to stop working.
Seems sensible from your side.

> We can hack up the kernel so the old X server just gets a WARN_ON
> instead of breaking. This is a bit worrying though; the "fix" would let
> user space continue to mis-program the hardware.
If its really only a that small portion of hardware... At least the T500/T400
series, containing the same hw as mine, from Lenovo propably is not yet really
wide spread (Laptop is 4weeks old or so and wasn't available before).

> My concern here is that a common failure mode with this bug was to lock
> up the graphics hardware and require a reboot. Having the X server fail
> to start and leave the system in text mode where new packages can be
> installed seems like a better mode than making the system hang during
> boot.

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