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SubjectDMA problem with kernel >2.6.10
Hi all,
I'm trying to figure out the reason of my laptop problem.
I beg your help to find the right way to debug it (I mean,
I don't want to flood the mailing list with useless details,
and so on).
Well, let's try...

Hardware: Toshiba Satellite P20 (P4-3200 MHz, 512MB RAM) [1]
Software: Debian Unstable
GCC: 3.4.5 [2]
Memtest86+: v.1.60 (stress tools, CPU/RAM and so on, are all happy)
Problem: with kernel <=2.6.10 everything is all right...
but with any kernel released after 2.6.10 (pre, rc, stable, mm, and
so on), I've got this:

hda: dma_timer_expiry: dma status == 0x21
hda: DMA timeout error
hda: dma timeout error: status=0xd0 { Busy }
ide: failed opcode was: unknown
hda: DMA disabled
ide0: reset: success
Losing too many ticks!
TSC cannot be used as a timesource.
Possible reasons for this are:
You're running with Speedstep,
You don't have DMA enabled for your hard disk (see hdparm),
Incorrect TSC synchronization on an SMP system (see dmesg).
Falling back to a sane timesource now.
hda: dma_timer_expiry: dma status == 0x21
hda: DMA timeout error
hda: dma timeout error: status=0xd0 { Busy }
ide: failed opcode was: unknown
hda: DMA disabled
ide0: reset: success

after a stress activity of the hd (I can achieve this by unrar big
files, or using 'iozone -A').
I wanna make it clear: with 2.6.10, HD can work for days without
rest/poweroff/reboot.
It's enough to switch to another kernel >2.6.10 to have the
problem.
With some kernel, system simply freeze, with other it survive and
gives the DMA notice. Anyway, when it happens, I've got a big filesystem
corruption (I tried both ext2 and ext3).
It happen quickly if I do also something like this:

cd /proc/sys/vm
echo 100 > dirty_background_ratio
echo 1000000 > dirty_expire_centisecs
echo 100 > dirty_ratio
echo 1000000 > dirty_writeback_centisecs
It could be useful to apply all 2.6.11 patch to 2.6.10 *but* the
IDE layer?

Or, which are really useful information about it?

Thanks a lot for your time and work,
Andrea

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[1] Sorry, I didn't find an official homepage. anyway:
(lspci)
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 82865G/PE/P DRAM Controller/Host-Hub Interface (rev 02)
0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82865G/PE/P PCI to AGP Controller (rev 02)
0000:00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI #1 (rev 02)
0000:00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI #2 (rev 02)
0000:00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI #3 (rev 02)
0000:00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI #4 (rev 02)
0000:00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
0000:00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801 PCI Bridge (rev c2)
0000:00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) LPC Bridge (rev 02)
0000:00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) Ultra ATA 100 Storage Controller (rev 02)
0000:00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
0000:00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 02)
0000:00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corp. 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 02)
0000:01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV34M [GeForce FX Go 5200] (rev a1)
0000:02:00.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB21 IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)
0000:02:01.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
0000:02:04.0 CardBus bridge: Toshiba America Info Systems ToPIC95 PCI to Cardbus Bridge with ZV Support (rev 32)
0000:02:04.1 CardBus bridge: Toshiba America Info Systems ToPIC95 PCI to Cardbus Bridge with ZV Support (rev 32)
0000:02:06.0 System peripheral: Toshiba America Info Systems SD TypA Controller (rev 03)
(dmidecode)
Vendor: TOSHIBA
Version: V1.20
Release Date: 06/24/2003
Address: 0xE4DF0
Runtime Size: 111120 bytes
ROM Size: 512 kB
Handle 0x0001
DMI type 1, 25 bytes.
System Information
Manufacturer: TOSHIBA
Product Name: Satellite P20
Processor Information
Socket Designation: NWD
Type: Central Processor
Family: Pentium 4
Manufacturer: Intel
ID: 29 0F 00 00 FF FB EB BF
Signature: Type 0, Family 15, Model 2, Stepping 9
DMI type 6, 12 bytes.
Memory Module Information
Socket Designation: M1
Bank Connections: 0 1
Current Speed: Unknown
Type: DIMM SDRAM
Installed Size: 256 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Enabled Size: 256 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Error Status: OK
DMI type 6, 12 bytes.
Memory Module Information
Socket Designation: M2
Bank Connections: 4 5
Current Speed: Unknown
Type: DIMM SDRAM
Installed Size: 256 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Enabled Size: 256 MB (Double-bank Connection)
Error Status: OK
[2]
Reading specs from /usr/lib/gcc/i486-linux-gnu/3.4.5/specs
Configured with: ../src/configure -v --enable-languages=c,c++,java,f77,pascal,objc,ada,treelang --prefix=/usr --libexecdir=/usr/lib --with-gxx-include-dir=/usr/include/c++/3.4 --enable-shared --with-system-zlib --enable-nls --without-included-gettext --program-suffix=-3.4 --enable-__cxa_atexit --enable-libstdcxx-allocator=mt --enable-clocale=gnu --enable-libstdcxx-debug --enable-java-gc=boehm --enable-java-awt=gtk --disable-werror i486-linux-gnu
Thread model: posix
gcc version 3.4.5 20050706 (prerelease) (Debian 3.4.4-5)

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