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Subject[regression, bisected] fails to boot on Dell Optiplex 760 with VT-d enabled
I am experiencin a bug on an Dell Optiplex 760 with a configuration that
has an Intel Core2 Q9550 CPU and with an up-to-date BIOS, version A03.

When "VT for Direct I/O" is enabled in the BIOS, v2.6.30 boots and works
perfectly, while v2.6.31-rc1..rc6 fail (both of them x86-64).

More specifically, I get an endless loop of printing the following
messages in
the screen:
DMAR: [DMA Read] Request device [ff:1f.7] fault addr
fffffffffffff000
DMAR: [fault reason 255] Unknown
and the boot process doesn't move on from there.
I ran git bisect good v2.6.30/bad v2.6.31-rc1 and I was pointed to the
following commit:
937582382c71b75b29fbb92615629494e1a05ac0
x86, intr-remap: enable interrupt remapping early

I have no idea if VT-d is functioning on v2.6.30; I just had the option
enabled in the BIOS and noticed the problem when I tried to upgrade to
2.6.31-rcX.

I've read a similar bug report against a Mandriva kernel and another
VT-d related bug for the same hardware against Xen and in both threads
they were finger-pointing the BIOS.

I'm not sure if that's the case but, even if it is, I'd expect the
system to boot, like previous versions did, perhaps printing a warning
about VT-d functionality.

Thanks,
Faidon


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