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Subjectsata_vsc problem.... Please help me.
Hi,

With kernel 2.6.10 on Intel (Dell Powervault 745N).... When I insert the
sata_vsc module via 'modprobe sata_vsc' from the command line, the module
immediately recognizes the controller card and then enumerates the
attached disks. During this process I am getting errors logged in syslog
for each disk as follows:
Jan 24 13:55:37 linux kernel: irq 3: nobody cared!
Jan 24 13:55:37 linux kernel: [<c0128972>] __report_bad_irq+0x22/0x90
Jan 24 13:55:37 linux kernel: [<c0128a68>] note_interrupt+0x58/0x90
Jan 24 13:55:37 linux kernel: [<c01285f8>] __do_IRQ+0xd8/0xe0
Jan 24 13:55:37 linux kernel: [<c0103a7a>] do_IRQ+0x1a/0x30
Jan 24 13:55:37 linux kernel: [<c010254a>] common_interrupt+0x1a/0x20
Jan 24 13:55:37 linux kernel: [<c0114fc0>] __do_softirq+0x30/0x90
Jan 24 13:55:37 linux kernel: [<c0115055>] do_softirq+0x35/0x40
Jan 24 13:55:37 linux kernel: [<c0103a7f>] do_IRQ+0x1f/0x30
Jan 24 13:55:37 linux kernel: [<c010254a>] common_interrupt+0x1a/0x20
Jan 24 13:55:37 linux kernel: [<c0100590>] default_idle+0x0/0x40
Jan 24 13:55:37 linux kernel: [<c01005b4>] default_idle+0x24/0x40
Jan 24 13:55:37 linux kernel: [<c010063e>] cpu_idle+0x2e/0x40
Jan 24 13:55:37 linux kernel: [<c03d277b>] start_kernel+0x15b/0x190
Jan 24 13:55:37 linux kernel: handlers:
Jan 24 13:55:37 linux kernel: [<c02471e0>] (ide_intr+0x0/0x120)
Jan 24 13:55:37 linux kernel: [<c02471e0>] (ide_intr+0x0/0x120)
Jan 24 13:55:37 linux kernel: [<e08ef250>] (vsc_sata_interrupt+0x0/0xa0
[sata_vsc])
Jan 24 13:55:37 linux kernel: Disabling IRQ #3

and in /proc/interrupts the count for irq3 advances by 500,000 (i.e.,
100,000 for the controller and 100,000 for each attached disk).....

It seems to me that this driver is initializing itself and enabling
interrupts before it is fully loaded and ready to deal with them....
If I insert the module during the boot up process, the machine just
hangs trying to read/identify the first disk...

Is there a way to disable or ignore these interrupts until the driver is
fully loaded, the disks are identified and all of the necessary
housekeeping is finished and the driver is finished loading??

Once the sata_vsc module finishes identifying the attached drives and
the 'modprobe sata_vsc' returns to the command prompt the errors stop
coming and it seems to work just fine.... You can fdisk and format the
disks and all is well... If I could just get it load at boot time I would
be happy....
Any advice would be welcome at this point. ;)

TIA,

Dave Sims


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