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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86 ACPI: Blacklist two HP machines with buggy BIOSes (Re: 2.6.27-rc8+ - first impressions)
On Mon, Oct 06, 2008 at 10:39:25PM +0100, Maciej W. Rozycki wrote:
> On Mon, 6 Oct 2008, Andi Kleen wrote:
>
> > The real reason is actually a workaround in the BIOS for problems
> > in the older Linux code that caused duplicated timer interrupts. The
> > old Linux would fall into "enable both IO-APIC and 8259" fallback mode
> > and the resulted in duplicated timer events, which made everything unhappy.
> > They instead configured the northbridge in a way that one of the inputs
> > is ignored.
>
> Hmm, working around Linux problems in the BIOS is a new and truly odd
> concept to me.

Except perhaps for the cheapest consumer parts and many laptops Linux is
definitely on the radar now for many BIOS developers.

> It's not that we are unresponsive or do not take
> responsibility for our bugs, is it?

These workarounds are not for mainline kernels but for specific
distribution releases (as in "fixes SLES/RHEL x.y" instead of
"fixes 2.6.xy")

Even when the distributors update their kernels the old releases
do not go away are still used and the workarounds get in.

> > You won't be able to DMI list it, that workaround is widely used
> > in lots of different systems.
>
> Well, perhaps, but the thermal trip point phenomenon seems unique to this
> family of systems. The other aspects of the problem do not really matter
> anymore as we seem to have addressed them robustly enough now.

When you need DMI entries you clearly haven't.

-Andi



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