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SubjectRe: [PATCH] i2c-scmi: Quirk to work on IBM machines with broken BIOSes
On Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 08:57:13AM -0600, Bjorn Helgaas wrote:
> On Tuesday 20 October 2009 08:30:16 pm Crane Cai wrote:
> > Hi Darrick,
> >
> > On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 04:11:49PM -0700, Darrick J. Wong wrote:
> > > On some old IBM workstations and desktop computers, the BIOS presents in
> > > the DSDT an SMBus object that is missing the HID identifier that the
> > > i2c-scmi driver looks for. It also omits the leading "_" in the method
> > > names (it should be _SBR, not SBR_). Modify the ACPI device scan code to
> > > insert the missing HID if it finds an IBM system with such an object, and
> > > modify the i2c-scmi driver to handle the odd method names.
> > I have a suggestion: You can need not to add quirk in acpi part, instead
> > you can add your ACPI device HID in i2c-scmi with your specificied methods
> > set.

The problem is that the BIOS does not provide an HID for the SMBus object at

> Maybe Darrick understands your suggestion, but I don't. The only way
> i2c-scmi ever learns about a device is when acpi_smbus_cmi_add() is
> called, and that's only called when the Linux/ACPI core has found a
> device that matches "SMBUS01".
> Can you elaborate on your suggestion?
> The i2c-scmi driver *could* walk the whole namespace itself, looking
> for devices with the SBI/SBR/SBW methods, but I like Darrick's quirk
> approach better because it allows i2c-scmi to continue to use the
> normal ACPI driver model.

...which is why I need the quirk to stuff one in at the OS level. Were it as
simple as recognizing a different HID, I could have written a less intrusive
patch. :/


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