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SubjectRe: only a single core (out of 8) initialized
david@lang.hm wrote:
> On Thu, 4 Jun 2009, Andrew Morton wrote:
>
>> Subject: Re: only a single core (out of 8) initialized
>>
>> On Thu, 4 Jun 2009 19:52:36 -0700 (PDT) david@lang.hm wrote:
>>
>>> this is 2.6.30-rc7
>>
>> Were any earlier kernels OK?
>>
>>> with a patch added to debug a nv sata driver
>>> incompatibility with the Intel SSDs on a tyan motherboard
>>>
>>> on one system it sees all 8 cores, on the other system it only
>>> initializes
>>> one core.
>>>
>>> can anyone help me spot what's going wrong in the one that's only
>>> seeing a
>>> single core? If I'm reading things correctly it's seeing both sockets
>>> for
>>> the NUMA setup, but then only initializing one core on the first socket.
>>
>> good:
>> SMP: Allowing 8 CPUs, 4 hotplug CPUs
>>
>> bad:
>> SMP: Allowing 1 CPUs, 0 hotplug CPUs
>>
>> perhaps due to
>> ACPI: No APIC-table, disabling MPS
>>
>> You could have a poke around in arch/x86/kernel/smpboot.c() and find
>> out what happened here. I'd be suspecting this code triggered:
>>
>> /* no processor from mptable or madt */
>> if (!num_processors)
>> num_processors = 1;
>>
>> because ACPI doesn't like that board.
>>
>> Did you look into updating the BIOS?
>
> this is actually the newer of the two systems. I've already escalated up
> to Tyan about the fact that this board won't see the Intel SSD drives
> (unless you hotplug the drive). I've forwarded this to them as well.
> their website does show a newer bios than what was shipped to me.

Yeah, it seems like a BIOS problem on that system. It's missing a bunch
of the ACPI tables that the other system has.


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