Re: /sys/module/pcie_aspm/parameters/policy not writable?

From: Pavel Machek
Date: Thu Aug 01 2013 - 22:13:16 EST


> >> > But since the problem also occurs with Windows, it's pretty likely
> >> > that there's a BIOS update to fix it. I notice on the X60 support
> >> > page that there are several versions newer than what you're running.
> >>
> >> Do you have any interest in trying a newer BIOS to see if it's fixed
> >> there? If not, I understand; BIOS updates are a hassle at best.
> >> You're running BIOS 2.14, and it looks like the current BIOS for an
> >> X60 1709 7HU is 2.19 (from
> >
> > I'm lost at the lenovo pages :-(. And frankly I'd prefer not to touch
> > the BIOS.
> I tried to provide a complete link, but the web site isn't amenable to
> that. I found it by selecting the "Drivers & Software" section,
> entering "X60" as the machine type, selecting "ThinkPad X60 (1709)"
> and going to the "BIOS" section. I was surprised how easy it was :)

Hmm. So I've update bios using 7buj28uc.iso . Reverted the patches and
yes, ping latencies are still bad:

pavel@amd:~$ ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_req=1 ttl=127 time=1.05 ms
64 bytes from icmp_req=2 ttl=127 time=0.820 ms
64 bytes from icmp_req=3 ttl=127 time=73.5 ms
64 bytes from icmp_req=4 ttl=127 time=7.41 ms
64 bytes from icmp_req=5 ttl=127 time=5.25 ms
64 bytes from icmp_req=6 ttl=127 time=1.16 ms
64 bytes from icmp_req=7 ttl=127 time=36.3 ms
64 bytes from icmp_req=8 ttl=127 time=1.64 ms

> >> Carolyn's patch will likely work, at least most of the time, but I
> >> think there's a small possibility that it could cause a conflict
> >> between the BIOS and the OS over ASPM control, so I'm not 100% in
> >> support of that approach. A conflict may not happen on your
> >> machine,
> >
> > Can we base it on DMI whitelist?
> I don't think we can know a priori whether a machine (even your
> machine) is susceptible to a conflict. But if Carolyn forcibly

We don't apriori now how broken machines are, true. There are 1000
ways BIOS can break things. And yes, it will be us breaking the specs
here. But "useful machine with OS breaking specs" is better than
"machine useless for ssh".

_If_ there's a conflict, we can try something else.

(Has someone really seen a conflict, or is it just theoretical thing?)

(cesky, pictures)
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