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SubjectMTRR initialization
Hi, was wondering if anyone else has been tripped up by this... I've got 4GB of 
RAM in my Asus A8V Deluxe and memory hole mapping enabled in the BIOS. By
default, my system boots up with these MTRR settings:

reg00: base=0x00000000 ( 0MB), size=4096MB: write-back, count=1
reg01: base=0x100000000 (4096MB), size=1024MB: write-back, count=1
reg02: base=0xc0000000 (3072MB), size=1024MB: uncachable, count=1
reg03: base=0xc0000000 (3072MB), size= 256MB: write-combining, count=1

The X server and various other programs try to add a mapping for my video
card's buffer, at 0xd0000000, size=256MB, type=write-combining, and this always
fails with a type mismatch error (old type is write-back). Apparently it's
conflicting with mapping register 0. I can't just disable the existing settings
and re-add them; the system hangs soon after disabling reg01.

I guess the kernel must be getting the initial setup from the BIOS. I've hacked
around this in mtrr/generic.c by explicitly changing the MTRR state in
get_mtrr_state to split the first mapping into two; one at base 0 size 2048M
and one at base 2048M size 1024M. So now I have this, which is pretty much what
I wanted:

reg00: base=0x00000000 ( 0MB), size=2048MB: write-back, count=1
reg01: base=0x80000000 (2048MB), size=1024MB: write-back, count=1
reg02: base=0x100000000 (4096MB), size=1024MB: write-back, count=1
reg03: base=0xc0000000 (3072MB), size=1024MB: uncachable, count=1
reg04: base=0xc0000000 (3072MB), size= 256MB: write-combining, count=1
reg05: base=0xd0000000 (3328MB), size= 256MB: write-combining, count=1

So the question is - was there an easier/correct way to do this?

It might have been nice if the MTRR ioctls allowed the register number to be
specified on the Set commands, though I'm not sure that would have helped in
this case.
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