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SubjectRe: PCI parallel card causes erratic timekeeping? (2.4.21)
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On Sun, 2003-08-10 at 00:26, Ryan Underwood wrote:
> In the ISA slot, up until recently, we had a dual parallel port card
> that was attached to the network printers. However, the printers and
> the card were fried in a storm recently; luckily, the server survived.
> We replaced the card with a dual PCI parallel port card (Netmos
> NM9715CV) and the printers are now working fine.
>
> However, a new problem emerged. The software clock of the system is
> crazy! Sometimes it is very fast, other times very slow. NTP
> constantly loses synchronization, and since this machine is also a
> Kerberos KDC, Kerberos tickets are flakey. :( This problem exists
> independently of whether a driver is loaded for the card or not; if it
> is in the system at all, the clock runs screwy. If I remove the card,
> the clock is back to normal as far as I can tell.

[snip]

> Can simply inserting a card generally make a system clock act screwy
> like this? Should I try to find a different card?

Sounds like the card is blocking the timer interrupt from being handled.
This would cause a loss in time as well as time inconsistencies. I'm a
bit curious about time running too fast, though. It could be NTP trying
to compensate for the slowness and then overcompensates if the card
stops misbehaving. Its also possible calibrate_tsc is being confused by
the card's funkyness. It would be interesting to see what Bogomips is
being reported as the system acts up.

Sounds like a bad card to me.

thanks
-john




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