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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Fix starfire compiler warning on PAE
On Mon, 6 Jan 2003, Martin J. Bligh wrote:

> > Fix the compiler warning, yes; fix the driver for 64-bit dma_addr_t, no.
> > It may work with PAE, by chance, if all addresses returned by pci_map_single
> > and friends are < (1 << 33), but not otherwise.
> Odd. It seems to work with PAE now. pci_map_single just casts an address
> though ... are the things you're passing it always allocated from ZONE_NORMAL?
> I run these all the time on 16Gb machines with 16 processors (ia32 NUMA-Q).

I get them from the network stack, and I supposed they're guaranteed to be
in ZONE_NORMAL as long as the adapter doesn't list NETIF_F_HIGHDMA among
its features. So yes, you're right that it will probably work with PAE,
but it won't work with a real 64-bit box, methinks.

> Cool! Sorry, I've just been seeing that warning for about 1 year, and was
> sick of it.

I was kinda busy and didn't get a chance to do much with the driver over
the last 10 months or so... I also didn't have any boxes which could do
real PAE, so I didn't try very hard -- until recently, that is. :-)

> Sorry, missed that. But in that case, I have another question for you ;-)
> Why do I get wierd errors like this:
> Jan 6 10:09:53 larry kernel: eth0: Increasing Tx FIFO threshold to 80 bytes
> Jan 6 10:09:56 larry kernel: eth0: Increasing Tx FIFO threshold to 96 bytes

A few of these are mostly normal, it's the card signalling the driver that
it is getting a Tx fifo underrun, and the driver responds by increasing
the threshold at which the card starts transmitting the packet.

> Jan 6 10:12:29 larry kernel: eth0: Increasing Tx FIFO threshold to 448 bytes
> Jan 6 10:12:29 larry kernel: eth0: Increasing Tx FIFO threshold to 464 bytes

These are very high, however; it could be that there really is very high
contention on the PCI bus, but otherwise I can't explain them.

If they stop before reaching 1500, then it's probably ok and just
something you're gonna have to live with. Otherwise it's a bug of some

> I also recall getting errors like "Something Wicked happened", but I
> don't seem to be able to find them in the log right now.

Yeah, the interrupt status (printed right after the messages) would have
been helpful...

That said, there is a known race condition in the v1.3.6 of the driver,
which could cause timeouts and erors under certain circumstances. It's all
fixed in 1.3.9 (the full 64-bit support version) and 1.4.0 (NAPI support).
Both of those will do real 64-bit transfers, without the need for double
buffering, so it should help on your 16GB boxes.

I could forward you one of those versions, if you want to test it. In
fact, I'd appreciate some testing! :-)


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