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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86: provide a DMI based port 0x80 I/O delay override.
Hi!

> 1. It appears to be a real port. SMI traps are not happening in the
> normal outb to 80. Hundreds of them execute perfectly with the expected
> instruction counts. If I can trace the particular event that creates
> the hard freeze (getting really creative, here) and stop before the
> freeze disables the entire computer, I will. That may be an SMI, or
> perhaps any other kind of interrupt or exception. Maybe someone knows
> how to safely trace through an impending SMI while doing printk's or
> something?
>
> 2. It appears to be the standard POST diagnostic port. On a whim, I
> disassembled my DSDT code, and studied it more closely. It turns out
> that there are a bunch of "Store(..., DBUG)" instructions scattered
> throughout, and when you look at what DBUG is defined as, it is defined
> as an IO Port at IO address DBGP, which is a 1-byte value = 0x80. So
> the ACPI BIOS thinks it has something to do with debugging. There's a
> little strangeness here, however, because the value sent to the port
> occasionally has something to do with arguments to the ACPI operations
> relating to sleep and wakeup ... could just be that those arguments are
> distinctive.

Maybe someone just left debugging code in production?

> In thinking about this, I recognize a couple of things. ACPI is telling
> us something when it declares a reference to port 80 in its code. It's
> not telling us the function of this port on this machine, but it is
> telling us that it is being used by the BIOS. This could be a reason
> to put out a printk warning message... 'warning: port 80 is used by
> ACPI BIOS - if you are experiencing problems, you might try an alternate
> means of iodelay.'
>
> Second, it seems likely that there are one of two possible reasons that
> the port 80 writes cause hang/freezes:
>
> 1. buffer overflow in such a device.
>
> 2. there is some "meaning" to certain byte values being written (the
> _PTS and _WAK use of arguments that come from callers to store into port
> 80 makes me suspicious.) That might mean that the freeze happens only
> when certain values are written, or when they are written closely in
> time to some other action - being used to communicate something to the

There's nothing easier than always writing 0 to the 0x80 to check if
it hangs in such case...?
Pavel

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