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SubjectRe: APIC problem report
Christopher Schramm wrote:
> Hi,
> I found a problem with APIC on a desktop PC equipped with Asus' M2N,
> running the manufacturer's AMI BIOS - version 0803.
> I've tried booting Knoppix 5.3.1 (Kernel and GParted live
> (Debian's 2.6.26-13). Both will only boot if noapic parameter is used.
> Otherwise I get "MP-BIOS bug: 8254 timer not connected to IO-APIC"
> resulting in a kernel panic.
> apic=debug gives "ACPI: Core revision 20080321", "Version 80050010"
> (twice), "ID: 0", "LVT0: 700", "LVT1:400" and "ESR value before enabling
> vector: 0x00000004 after: 0x00000000".
> Hope it's of some use (and the best place to report it)
> Christopher

Try booting with acpi_use_timer_override kernel parameter. The problem
is likely the same one that shows up on my Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe with the
latest 1805 BIOS. The kernel ignores ACPI timer overrides on NVIDIA
chipsets since they have historically been broken, however in later BIOS
versions this has been fixed and the override is now apparently required
for the 8254 timer to function properly through the IO-APIC.

That problem is still there in newer kernels, but it's not fatal since
the kernel just routes the timer through the PIC instead..

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