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SubjectRe: i2c_adapter i2c-0: Bus collision!
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Hi,

about a year ago I asked for help with my motherboard, claiming i2c bus
collisions all the time. Now I found the solution, the sensor uses the
isa bus, not the i2c. Funny it sometimes worked with i2c-viapro, but
with i2c-isa it works all the time :)

Sorry for not finding that out earlier.

Best regards,
Stian

lør, 17,.01.2004 kl. 09.48 +0100, skrev Jean Delvare:
> > sorry to bother you again, but this didn't tell you anything about
> > what's going on?
>
> Sorry for the delay. Too much work, not enough time. You know the story
> I guess.
>
> > > I forgot to mention it in my last mail, but I sometime has to
> > > reload the modules before "sensors" finds any sensor.
>
> As we load sensor chip drivers, we make sure that the chip we want to
> handle is what we think it is. Technically, this means reading from a
> few registers and compare the values with what we would expect for this
> chip. So the same read errors that make your hardware monitoring values
> jump make the chip identification fail sometimes.
>
> > > Attached three runs. Seems to be some read errors :( On these three
> > > runs I got first three bus-collisions, then one, and last two.
>
> Not all read errors are detected as bus collisions. Anyway, you got
> loads of 'XX' as I expected, "moving" from run to run, which means that
> your i2c bus is unreliable.
>
> My conclusion would be: bad hardware design generates noise on the i2c
> bus, resulting in read errors.
>
> > > > Did you have to enable any particular option in MBM?
> > >
> > > Nah, it just worked :)

> I asked Alex van Kaam (MBM's brilliant author) about his strategy with
> bus collisions. To make it short, he explained he resets the bus on
> problems. If you confirm that the smbus MBM detected was Via, Alex will
> send me his code so that I can compare with ours, just in case. But I
> doubt it'll change anything (our driver is working, it's just a matter
> of how errors are - or aren't - handled).
>
> Basically we don't handle read errors at all (because it is so rare).
> Handling them correctly would make all chip drivers (and possibly i2c
> core and bus drivers as well) more complex. I'm not sure it's worth it.
>
> That said, a similar problem was reported with W83L785TS-S chips (A7N8X
> motherboards). I think that the cause is different (BIOS trying to
> access the bus at the same time we do) but the consequences are the
> same. I plan to add basic error handling to this specific chip driver
> (don't know when I'll find the time to do so though). If it works and
> could be extended to other drivers as well, we'll consider it.
>
> > > I guess this is unsolvable, but I just wanted to hear what you say.
> > > Kinda weird it works so well with MBM, but that's ok. It's just for
> > > fun I want it to work.
>
> I think it is work-around-able, but doubt it's worth it. Anyway, thanks
> for reporting, as it increased our knowledge of the topic.
>
> > > Thanks for your reply :)
>
> You're welcome. Sorry for the delay again.
>

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