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SubjectStradis driver conflicts with all other SAA7146 drivers

[Nathan Laredo is the maintainer of the stradis driver but Jiri Slaby
submitted the PCI probing change that went into 2.6.16 so I'm Cc-ing
him too. I'm not a member of the video4linux mailing list so please
Cc me on any responses.]

The stradis driver in the 2.6.16 kernel only looks at the SAA7146
vendor and product ID and binds to any SAA7146 based device even if it
is not a stradis card. This stops all other SAA7146 drivers from
working, for example my WinTV Nova-T card using the budget-ci driver
doesn't work any longer. A lot of other people have also been bitten
by this.

So could you please modify your driver so that it only binds to real
stradis cards? If stradis cards have a subvendor and subdevice ID you
could just modify the pci_device_id table to look something like this:

static struct pci_device_id stradis_pci_tbl[] = {
.subvendor = 0xdead,
.subdevice = 0xbeef,
{ 0 }

From the code it looks as if some boards don't have a good subsystem
vendor and device ID:

if (!pdev->subsystem_vendor)
dev_info(&pdev->dev, "%d: rev1 decoder\n", saa_num);
dev_info(&pdev->dev, "%d: SDM2xx found\n", saa_num);

Are those rev1 boards out in the real world or are they just
prototypes? If they are prototypes, can you add the subvendor ID
anway and add a module parameter so that your driver only binds to
unspecified vendor IDs if you use that module parameter? Something
like this:

static int bind_to_anything = 0;
module_param(bind_to_anything, int, 0);

int __init stradis_init(void)
if (bind_to_anything) {
stradis_pci_tbl[0].subvendor = PCI_ANY_ID;
stradis_pci_tbl[0].subdevice = PCI_ANY_ID;

For anyone submitting a new SAA7146 driver to the kernel in the
future, please be aware that your card isn't the only one that uses
that chip, so always add a subvendor/subdevice to your drivers.


"Just how much can I get away with and still go to heaven?"

Freelance consultant specializing in device driver programming for Linux
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