Re: [PATCH] acpi: video: improve quirk check

From: Aaron Lu
Date: Wed Aug 07 2013 - 00:34:47 EST

On 08/04/2013 10:19 PM, Felipe Contreras wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 4, 2013 at 9:19 AM, Rafael J. Wysocki <rjw@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Sunday, August 04, 2013 01:42:49 AM Felipe Contreras wrote:
>>> Personally I think there are better ways to fix the code for the
>>> synthetic case than what you patch does, which will also make _BQC
>>> work. That can be discussed later though, the one-liner is simple, and
>>> it works.
>> So, let's assume that the one-liner goes into 3.11 and work further with that
>> assumption.
>> How would you address the sythetic case (on top of the one-liner)?
> I would write and read two values instead of one. The code is trying
> to check if _BQC is always returning the maximum, and if you try with

The code is introduced by commit a50188dae3089dcd15a6ae793528c157680891f1
where the broken system will always return a constant value for _BQC,
either 0 or 100. So the commit at that time tries to not test a maximum
value for the quirk.

Then we have the ASUS NV56Z problem and its problem is explained in:
And due to its reverse order of _BCL, testing the minimum value is not
good either.

So if the two values test is going to be adopted, I would suggest avoid
testing edge values. But then I'm not sure if it is still worth to test
two values instead of one.

> two values you can be absolutely certain if that's happening or not;
> it doesn't even matter which values you choose. Even in the synthetic
> case that only has two values the check would work correctly and
> detect that _BQC works correctly (or not).
> In my machine I think the issue is slightly different, I think _BCM is
> failing, at least until enabling the _DOS thing, but at the end of the
> day it's the same thing for the check; _BQC is always returning the
> same value, and the code above will find that out, regardless of which
> values are tested.

If you think _BCM fails before _DOS and that makes acpi_video_bqc_quirk
not correct, I think you can call acpi_video_bus_start_devices before the
acpi_video_bus_get_devices in acpi_video_bus_add to make _BCM work before
we do the quirk test and then add some debug prints in acpi_video_bqc_quirk
and add some test levels to check it out.


> For my particular machine though, I think it's more interesting to
> find out why _BCM is failing before _DOS, and why efaa14c made it
> work. If that is actually the case.
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