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SubjectRe: Geode LX boot fails after x86 microcode revision change
On Tue, Nov 08, 2011 at 01:59:40PM -0600, Daniel Drake wrote:
> Hi,
> Linux-3.1 works fine on OLPC XO-1 (Geode LX) but latest linus master
> fails to boot. It hangs so early on that we don't even receive any
> output over serial.
> git bisect tracked it down to:
> commit bcb80e53877c2045d9e52f4a71372c3fe6501f6f
> Author: Borislav Petkov <>
> Date: Mon Oct 17 16:34:36 2011 +0200
> x86, microcode, AMD: Add microcode revision to /proc/cpuinfo
> Enable microcode revision output for AMD after 506ed6b53e00 ("x86,
> intel: Output microcode revision in /proc/cpuinfo") did it for Intel.
> Signed-off-by: Borislav Petkov <>
> Any thoughts?


it might be that the Geode doesn't have the patch level MSR.., can you
send /proc/cpuinfo from a working kernel please, say 3.1?

Although, I have rdmsr_safe in the patch there so it actually shouldn't
be an issue, theoretically.

Can you also install msr-tools and do

$ rdmsr 0x8b

as root on the working kernel? If it hangs there too, then we know why.

Also, can you boot if you comment out the rdmsr_safe line in
early_init_amd(), line 477:

// rdmsr_safe(MSR_AMD64_PATCH_LEVEL, &c->microcode, &dummy);




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