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SubjectRe: [Stable-review] [39/45] OHCI: work around for nVidia shutdown problem
On Sat, 20 Nov 2010, Ben Hutchings wrote:

> On Fri, 2010-11-19 at 13:43 -0800, Greg KH wrote:
> > 2.6.32-stable review patch. If anyone has any objections, please let us know.
> >
> > ------------------
> >
> > From: Alan Stern <stern@rowland.harvard.edu>
> >
> > commit 3df7169e73fc1d71a39cffeacc969f6840cdf52b upstream.
> >
> > This patch (as1417) fixes a problem affecting some (or all) nVidia
> > chipsets. When the computer is shut down, the OHCI controllers
> > continue to power the USB buses and evidently they drive a Reset
> > signal out all their ports. This prevents attached devices from going
> > to low power. Mouse LEDs stay on, for example, which is disconcerting
> > for users and a drain on laptop batteries.
> >
> > The fix involves leaving each OHCI controller in the OPERATIONAL state
> > during system shutdown rather than putting it in the RESET state.
> > Although this nominally means the controller is running, in fact it's
> > not doing very much since all the schedules are all disabled. However
> > there is ongoing DMA to the Host Controller Communications Area, so
> > the patch also disables the bus-master capability of all PCI USB
> > controllers after the shutdown routine runs.
> [...]
>
> This last bit seems like a major change in behaviour, and this commit
> has only just gone into the 2.6.37 cycle. How thoroughly has this been
> tested on other OHCI controllers? Wouldn't it make more sense to use
> the same quirk condition?

Ben is right; let's hold off on putting this patch into any of the
stable kernels. There has been a bug report submitted against it,
Bugzilla #22562.

Alan Stern



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