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Subject[PATCH-2.4] Disable APIC on reboot.

This patch allows my VAIO to reboot with LOCAL_APIC enabled. I too have a
broken BIOS which cannot put hardware into a sane state at boot, and it hangs
on IDE detection if the kernel left LOCAL_APIC enabled. Now with this patch
upon 2.4.22-rc2, it's OK, so I can enable LOCAL_APIC again. Do you find it too
late for 2.4.22 ? Depending on how we see it, it may be considered as a
workaround for broken BIOSes, or as a bugfix for a kernel which didn't restore
hardware into its original state. Or at least, please accept it for 2.4.23-pre1.

I rediffed it against 2.4.22-rc2, and attached the patch at the end of this


On Mon, Aug 11, 2003 at 02:40:24PM +0100, wrote:
> Forward port of a patch from Felix [surname mangled by MTA] <>
> Original mail:-
> when I reboot my laptop the BIOS complains about a keyboard controller
> failure and timer interrupts not working. On the BIOS password screen
> the keyboard doesn't work. If I disable the BIOS password the system
> hangs a bit later on the POST screen. I tried all reboot methods via the
> kernel command line without success. I saw this problem with Debian
> Woody's precompiled 2.4.18 kernel, self compiled Debian 2.4.20 sources
> and Linux 2.4.21-rc1+ACPI patch. This problem only occurs if
> CONFIG_X86_LOCAL_APIC is enabled. With CONFIG_X86_LOCAL_APIC disabled it
> reboots just fine.
> My guess is that it's a BIOS bug as I've never had this problem on other
> machines before. I found a workaround: disable the local APIC before
> rebooting. I don't really know how it works. Just calling
> disable_local_APIC wasn't enough, so I copied a bit more code from
> apic_pm_suspend (arch/i386/kernel/apic.c:465) to machine_restart
> (arch/i386/kernel/process.c:369). I'm pretty sure that this is not the
> proper way to do it but it works here. A patch against 2.4.21-rc1 can be
> found at the end of this email.

--- linux-2.4.22-rc2/arch/i386/kernel/process.c Wed Jul 30 09:18:21 2003
+++ linux-2.4.22-rc2-lapic/arch/i386/kernel/process.c Mon Aug 11 17:18:57 2003
@@ -42,6 +42,7 @@
#include <asm/processor.h>
#include <asm/i387.h>
#include <asm/irq.h>
+#include <asm/apic.h>
#include <asm/desc.h>
#include <asm/mmu_context.h>
@@ -400,6 +401,17 @@
+ {
+ unsigned int l, h;
+ local_irq_disable();
+ disable_local_APIC();
+ rdmsr(MSR_IA32_APICBASE, l, h);
+ wrmsr(MSR_IA32_APICBASE, l, h);
+ local_irq_enable();
+ }

if(!reboot_thru_bios) {
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