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SubjectRe: VIA 686 timer bugfix incomplete
On Wed, 7 Nov 2001, Vojtech Pavlik wrote:

[...]
> On Wed, Nov 07, 2001 at 08:48:00PM +0100, Jonas Diemer wrote:
[...]
> > well, just use the option described above. that way, ppl that need the fix can
> > choose to use it (at a cost of performance), others simply don't need checking.
> >
> > -jonas
> >
> > PS: CC me in your answers plz, I am not subscribed to the list.
>
> The VIA bug isn't a problem: The fix doesn't cause performance problems
> to people unaffected by the bug, it just prints an annoying message to
> people who see it triggered by bug #2 (Neptune).
[snip]

Maybe not performance problems, but my tired-but-otherwise-reliable
AcerNote-950C (which definitely does not have a VIA686a - it's a Pentium)
doesn't seem to like this VIA686a fix (but only sometimes {:-( ).

Prior to 2.2.19, on going to sleep due to low battery, I could reliably
wake it up. with 2.2.19 (being where this fix entered 2.2) this isn't the
case - sometimes I just get the "probable bug" message, sometimes also a
diag re hda (sorry, can't quote right now) and on one occasion serious
file system corruption (OK, maybe it was a co-incidence, or maybe not).

Yes, I probably have a bug in the timer department, but I strongly suspect
that the fix for the 686a is not appropriate for my chipset.

If the current VIA686a "probable bug" fix is going to remain as default,
then I for one would like to see a knob to disable it.

For 2.2, I'm happy to have a go at making and alpha-testing a patch for a
kernel command-line switch to disable this - but I'd very much like to
hear from the custodians of consistency in such matters as to an
appropriate/best attribute=value to use for this. Some sugestions:

chips=novia686a
via_hacks=no686a
via_hacks=none
timer=no686a

Regards,
Neale.

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