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SubjectRe: [linux-usb-devel] [PATCH] USB BIOS early handoff only when the we the driver is configured

Alan Stern schrieb:
> On Wed, 1 Aug 2007, David Engraf wrote:
>> At the moment I have a Jetway/VIA Mainboard which seems to have a problem
>> with the handoff. Even
>> when I wait about 20 seconds the EHCI_USBLEGSUP_BIOS flag is not cleared.
>> I think this is a BIOS
>> bug and I will have to talk to Jetway/VIA.
> I have the same problem on my Intel motherboard. Which is surprising,
> considering that Intel invented the BIOS-handoff technique.
Ok, so even Intel has problems with the handoff.
>> On the other hand, I don't need the EHCI controller in my kernel, so I
>> think the kernel shouldn't take the
>> handover for the EHCI controller like other OS which do not have an usb
>> driver and so don't know that
>> there is a EHCI_USBLEGSUP_BIOS flag which should be cleared.
> There ought to be a solution to satisfy everybody. For instance, you
> could add a Kconfig flag for enabling USB handoff, and make it be
> selected automatically if any of the PCI USB drivers are configured.
> Alan Stern
This would be solution too, but what if someone uses the uhci controller
and don't want the
ehci. So a single Kconfig flag wouldn't be enough, we have to add 3
flags for uchi, ohci and
ehci. I think this maybe a little bit difficult when configuring the kernel.
The best solution would be when we could use the CONFIG_USB_xxxx_HCD
flag, but it
seems that some hardware has problems when we disable the handoff and
let the BIOS
control the usb controller. Do you know any of this hardware?


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