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SubjectRe: another must-fix: major PS/2 mouse problem
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On Sat, 2003-07-26 at 11:16, Zwane Mwaikambo wrote:
> On Fri, 25 Jul 2003, Andrew Morton wrote:
>
> > But did your instrumentation account for nested interrupts? What happens
> > if a slow i8042 interrupt happens in the middle of a 3c59x interrupt?
>
> Just to verify that, he could remove the local_irq_enable for
> !SA_INTERRUPT.

OK, I did this. Now, in microseconds, I get:

------------------------
IRQ use min max
--- -------- --- -------
0 timer 40 103968
1 i8042 14 1138 (was 389773)
2 cascade - -
3 - - -
4 serial 29 56
5 uhci-hcd - -
6 - 690 690
7 - 40 40
8 - - -
9 - - -
10 - - -
11 eth0 73 31332 (was 1535331)
12 i8042 18 215 (was 102895)
13 - - -
14 ide0 7 43846
15 ide1 7 12
------------------------

boomerang_interrupt itself takes 4 to 59 microseconds.

Then I switched to 2.6.0-test2. Testing more, I get the
problem with or without SMP and with or without
preemption. Here's a chunk of my log file:

Loosing too many ticks!
TSC cannot be used as a timesource. (Are you running with SpeedStep?)
Falling back to a sane timesource.
psmouse.c: Lost synchronization, throwing 3 bytes away.
psmouse.c: Lost synchronization, throwing 1 bytes away.

Arrrrgh! The TSC is my only good time source!

Remember that this is a pretty normal system. I have
a Red Hat 8 install w/ required upgrades, ext3, IDE,
a 1-GHz Pentium III, a boring VIA chipset, etc.

To reproduce, I do some PS/2 mouse movement while
doing one of:

a. Lots of concurrent write() and sync() activity to ext3.
b. Lots of NFSv3 traffic.


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