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    SubjectRe: SiS 746FX AGP 3.0 problem
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    "Hemmann, Volker Armin" <volker.hemmann@heim9.tu-clausthal.de> writes:

    > [1] testgart first run, garbled output
    > [2] testgart second run, immidiatly after the first one, 'repairs' output.
    >
    > After a first run of testgart, X will startup fine too.

    Looks pretty much like the timing problem Oliver Heilmann observed on
    the SiS 648FX and SiS 648 north bridge chips, which caused similar
    problems on my SiS 648 system: modules would fail to initialise or
    wedge the system on first use (see
    <s23oerukbnp.fsf@oschoett.dialin.t-online.de>), but work fine if the
    card had been initialised some other way since boot.

    It appears that the chips are electrically unstable for ca. 5ms after
    switching them to AGP 3.0, and the effects vary depending on what your
    driver does in that interval.

    Try Oliver Heilmann's patch from the linux-kernel post

    Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2004 00:10:08 +0100
    Subject: [PATCH] AGP 648[FX] cleaned+fixed but still have problem. Plz help.
    Message-ID: <1076540358.609.60.camel@cobra>

    adjusting so that the 10ms timeout (see the call to schedule_timeout
    in the patch) is done also in the case of your 746FX chip. It may
    well be that the instability appears in a larger class of SiS chips
    than we know so far.

    Instead of patching the patch, it is perhaps easier for a first test
    to just use the forced timeout shown in the patch below (apply to a
    clean kernel with patch option -p1; patches fine into 2.6.3). That
    already solved the problems on my machine and showed that my SiS 648
    had the timing problem.

    Regards,

    Oliver Schoett


    --- linux-2.6.2/drivers/char/agp/generic.c 2004-02-07 15:05:02.000000000 +0100
    +++ linux-2.6.2-sis648/drivers/char/agp/generic.c 2004-02-07 15:19:16.000000000 +0100
    @@ -524,6 +524,10 @@
    printk(KERN_INFO PFX "Putting AGP V%d device at %s into %dx mode\n",
    agp_v3 ? 3 : 2, pci_name(device), mode);
    pci_write_config_dword(device, agp + PCI_AGP_COMMAND, command);
    +
    + /* work around SIS648 instability by delaying a bit */
    + set_current_state(TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE);
    + schedule_timeout((HZ+99)/100); /* >= 1/100th of a second */
    }
    }
    EXPORT_SYMBOL(agp_device_command);
    -
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