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SubjectRe: Playing with 2.5.63: APM blanking and "bio too big"
On 1 Mar 2003 14:14:45 -0000, wrote:
>* I had real problems with APM screen blanking enabled. It reliably
> and repeatedly locked the machine HARD (no keyboard, no SysRq, no ping)
> when the scren blanker kicked in or trying to switch from X. This is
> an Athlon on a KT133 Motherboard. No problems in 2.4. APM can corectly
> power the machine off, however.

Do you have CONFIG_X86_UP_APIC=y?

I used to have problems with 2.5 causing hangs at X shutdown or
when the regular console screen blanker kicked in. Recently I
also got these on a new machine with 2.4.

I traced it down to CONFIG_APM_DISPLAY_BLANK. It invokes the BIOS
without disabling the local APIC first. If one is unlucky, the
local APIC timer may interrupt while the machine is running in BIOS,
which typically causes a complete hang.

This is more likely to happen in 2.5 since it increased the timer
interrupt rate by a factor of 10, but it can happen in 2.4 too.

To verify, hack apic.c and ensure that "dont_enable_local_apic_timer"
is initialised to 1. Also don't enable the NMI watchdog.

Another option, which is what I use now on all my local-APIC capable
machines, is to disable APM_DISPLAY_BLANK.

I really despise BIOS writers.

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