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SubjectRe: Regression on VIA C3 motherboard, commit: 66f2173e2
Ben Greear wrote:
> I have a via motherboard with C3 processor and some real-tek NICs. I
> noticed
> when using the top-of-tree that performance on it sucked (30Mbps v/s 54Mbps
> network throughput in one pertinent test).
> After several hours of bisecting, I see this as the culprit:
> 7b37b5fd9ba32c0c5afc3537eed7e7466f2173e2 is first bad commit
> commit 7b37b5fd9ba32c0c5afc3537eed7e7466f2173e2
> Author: Len Brown <>
> Date: Tue Dec 23 01:47:42 2008 -0500
> ACPI: disable MPS when NO APIC-table found
> When ACPI is asked to find an MADT (APIC table)
> and fails, then ACPI expects to run in PIC mode.
> However, if an MP Table is was found, IRQs will be
> registered as if an IOAPIC is being used, even
> though ACPI is configuring interrupt links links for PIC mode.
> In this scenario, disable MPS so that IRQs
> are registered in PIC mode, consistent with ACPI.
> Signed-off-by: Len Brown <>
> :040000 040000 86ce74daee3a9fe6ff21ef7f8fb364af23ec0c1e
> 364933dfec0df34e63b1aeff6aff4092d421886b M arch
> In addition, I see this warning in my logs, which is likely the symptom:
> ACPI Exception (tbxface-0627): AE_NO_ACPI_TABLES, While loading
> namespace from ACPI tables ]
> ACPI: Unable to load the System Description Tables

You're getting this on boot:

ACPI Error (tbxfroot-0218): A valid RSDP was not found [20080926]

That essentially means ACPI isn't working at all, I think. Did previous
kernels produce this error? Do you have ACPI disabled in the BIOS or

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