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    SubjectRe: Make sure we populate the initroot filesystem late enough


    On Mon, 26 Feb 2007, David Woodhouse wrote:
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    > Now I'm starting to wonder if it's something the firmware sets up to DMA
    > to a certain region of memory, which makes it non-deterministic. And the
    > other things we're blaming are only making a difference because they
    > change the layout of what we have in memory.

    USB controller issues? We used to have these really hard-to-debug problems
    with the USB controller being active and having had the BIOS set up the
    command queues etc. Really subtle. It's why we now have PCI quirks for
    shutting up (most) USB controllers very early.

    If there is some USB controller that we miss, or that sets up its command
    chain to some unexpected area (so that USB is active and corrupting memory
    even very early on), that could explain it.

    Linus
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