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SubjectRe: 2.6.22-rc1 does not boot on VIA C3_2 cause of X86_CMPXCHG64
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On Thursday 17 May 2007 02:42, Dave Jones wrote:
> On Thu, May 17, 2007 at 02:09:16AM +0200, Christian wrote:
> > my small VIA C3_2 box does not boot with 2.6.22-rc1.
> > It even does not uncompress the kernel.
> >
> > The configuration as M386 M486 works. But M586 + MVIAC3_2
> > does not work.
> >
> > solution for me, cahnge arch/i386/Kconfig.cpu
> >
> > --- arch/i386/Kconfig.cpu.before 2007-05-17 01:38:26.000000000 +0200
> > +++ arch/i386/Kconfig.cpu 2007-05-17 00:54:52.000000000 +0200
> > @@ -299,5 +299,5 @@
> >
> > config X86_CMPXCHG64
> > bool
> > - depends on !M386 && !M486
> > + depends on !M386 && !M486 && !MVIAC3_2
> > default y
> >
> >
> > The related #ifdef is in ./include/asm-i386/cmpxchg.h
> > May be cmpxchg8b is not supported by VIAC3_2 ?
> >
> > May be some other non Intel/AMD need to be excluded from X86_CMPXCHG64 ?
> > May be the generic option CONFIG_X86_GENERIC need to switch this off
> > also ?
>
> The C3s all have cx8, but it needs to be enabled in an MSR first.
> (See arch/i386/kernel/cpu/centaur.c , search for CX8)

Sigh. I wonder what genius at VIA came up with that setup.

> Did we add code that uses cmpxchg8b before identify_cpu() gets run ?
> I've not been paying attention to .22rc (busy trying to beat .21 into shape
> for F7) so I may have missed something obvious. Andi?

That would be a bit complicated in pure asm code.
It's probably best to just not require it as in Christian's patch above.
Without SMP support it is not particularly needed anyways; a irq disabling
emulation should work.

-Andi
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