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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Timer bug fix ported to 2.4.20
On Thu, 16 Jan 2003, Robert Wruck wrote:

> I recently upgraded from 2.2.19 to 2.4.20 and noted that the via timer
> bugfix has disappeared.
> I'm not sure if this is a VIA problem, because it happens on my PIII
> i440BX-based board, Gigabyte GA-6BXE, which does not seem to have any
> chips made by VIA. (82443BX, 32371EB PIIX4, ITE 8671 SuperIO)

Different people have reported this check triggered on various hardware
which doesn't have VIA686-anything. In my case on both an old AcerNote
and a Toshiba-1800.

> However, whenever i start X, the system clock slows down significantly
> (it takes about 10 real seconds for 1 system second to elapse).

Ouch! Interesting to see that your system triggers the "VIA bug really
present.", whereas mine doesn't and I haven't found any gross time-keeping
problems. Also, while we both report "read" and "re-read" values over a
narrow range they are quite different ranges.

I wonder if we are seeing different bugs which exhibit similar symptoms?

> The only patch I could find for this was the one by Neale Banks:

OK, just to set the record straight, my involvement has been merely to
port Vojtech's patch (for the original see: ), add
the ''disable with "timer=no-via686a"'' bit (which people more
knowledgeable than I say is quite unnecessary) and to report some
"interesting" results (see: ).

> I ported this to 2.4.20 and it works (at least for me..)
> It can still be disabled with "timer=no-via686a" (from the original patch)
> Any comments? (I'm not subscribed to linux-kernel)


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