Re: [RFC][PATCH] PCI / PCIe: Ask BIOS for control of all nativeservices simultaneously

From: Matthew Garrett
Date: Wed Jul 28 2010 - 07:56:05 EST

On Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 12:39:15PM +0900, Hidetoshi Seto wrote:
> Hi,
> (2010/07/25 8:05), Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> > It turns out that asking ACPI BIOS, through _OSC, for control of each
> > PCIe port native service individually sometimes confuses the BIOS if
> > one sevice is requested while the others are not (eg. requesting
> > control of the native PCIe PME without requesting control of the
> > native PCIe hot-plug at the same time leads to interrupt storms on
> > some systems).
> Then why not invent quirks or something for such systems?

Because we'll have a quirk table with dozens of entries and it won't be

> IMHO it sounds like a BIOS bug since it should grant PME control to
> OS only when both of PME and pciehp (plus PCIe caps) are requested
> at same time.

We're in the business of writing an operating system that's able to
drive the hardware that exists, not just the hardware that follows the
specs completely. It's implausible that we'll get every broken BIOS
fixed, and it's implausible that we'll be able to work out a list of
every broken computer.

Matthew Garrett | mjg59@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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