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SubjectRe: 2.6.32 regression (bisected): Video tearing/glitching with T400 laptops
On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 02:22:52PM -0700, Jesse Barnes wrote:
> On Tue, 13 Oct 2009 12:14:26 -0700
> Jesse Barnes <jbarnes@virtuousgeek.org> wrote:
> > According to the chipset team that form of display corruption is
> > likely related to RAM self-refresh... Sounds like the display plane
> > isn't getting its memory requests serviced fast enough when in
> > self-refresh mode, which might mean we have to program the
> > self-refresh watermarks more aggressively on GM45.
>
> Ok, like any good bug there was more than one thing wrong:
> - we weren't setting up a fence for the object before enabling FBC.
> Chris caught this and posted a patch to
> intel-gfx@lists.freedesktop.org titled "drm/i915: Install a fence
> register for fbc on g4x" (attached for convenience)
> - turns out we *do* need to set watermarks on G4x, despite some hw
> documentation indicating otherwise, patch for that attached
>
> Hopefully with these two you'll have a solid display and some power
> saving!

With these two patches (and none of your prior ones) applied to
2.6.32-rc3, things are definitely better. I'm still seeing a few
glitches (one as mutt was loading my Maildir inbox) and one as I was
typing this message in emacs, but it's at best one minor every 5-10
minutes. It's rare enough to be at most a wee bit distracting (*lots*
better than before), and I can see the power savings.

If I need to live with a display glitch every 5-10 minutes or so to
get better power savings, I'll take it....

- Ted


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