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SubjectRe: Linux* Processor Microcode Data File
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On Monday 09 March 2009, Sitsofe Wheeler wrote:
>At the risk of being wrong twice in a row...
>
>On Mon, Mar 09, 2009 at 11:58:22AM -0400, Gene Heskett wrote:
>> I'll have to admit it was with some trepidation that I might brick my
>> processor, which is a quad core AMD 9550, stepping 03 running at 2.2 ghz,
>> but
>
>Microcode patching in this particular fashion (i.e. _not_ updating the
>BIOS but "on the fly") is volatile (so it has to be redone at every
>boot) which should mean it is very hard to brick a machine this way as
>rebooting will undo everything. Of course someone is going to tell me
>how they managed to kill a machine stone dead due to some sequence of
>events I hadn't thought of and I disclaim any responsiblity if someone
>tries to update their microcode and harms their machine in any fashion -
>you update at your own risk :).
>
>> the directions didn't note until the end, that it would take a 2.6.29
>> series kernel to do it and I was running 2.6.28.7. But when I got to the
>> modprobe -r microcode, modprobe microcode part, there was no feedback from
>> either command. So did I, or did I not do this as I was and am running
>> 2.6.28.7? The following was reported in my log:
>
>modprobe generally doesn't return much if the module in question loads
>or (as in this case because you were using -r) is removed. That's the
>typical Unix command line behviour - no response/output on "OK".
>
>> Mar 9 07:22:04 coyote kernel: [65725.855365] platform microcode:
>> firmware: requesting amd-ucode/microcode_amd.bin Mar 9 07:22:04 coyote
>> kernel: [65725.863101] microcode: size 1936, total_size 960 Mar 9
>> 07:22:04 coyote kernel: [65725.863107] microcode: CPU3 patch does not
>> match (processor_rev_id: 1020, eqiv_cpu_id: 1022) Mar 9 07:22:04 coyote
>> kernel: [65725.863110] microcode: size 968, total_size 960 Mar 9 07:22:04
>> coyote kernel: [65725.863120] microcode: CPU3 updated from revision
>> 0x1000065 to 0x1000083 Mar 9 07:22:04 coyote kernel: [65725.863122]
>> Microcode Update Driver: v2.00 <tigran@aivazian.fsnet.co.uk>, Peter Oruba
>>
>> Inquiring minds and all that. Comments please?
>
>It looks like the firmware file (amd-ucode/microcode_amd.bin) doesn't
>match your processor. CC'ing Andreas for comment as you have an AMD
>machine...

Thank You. But the text report above also says it did update it, hence the
confusion.

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Cheers, Gene
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