On 26 Oct, Vojtech Pavlik wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 26, 2000 at 04:42:31PM +0200, Yoann Vandoorselaere wrote:
>> > On Thu, Oct 26, 2000 at 04:20:43PM +0200, Yoann Vandoorselaere wrote:
>> > > ...
>> > >
>> > > Have you any idea what is the relation between time and this chip ?
>> > >
>> > > Also, I'm experiencing the problem for several month on my
>> > > workstation and I never could find where it was comming from...
>> > > how did you do ?
>> > Well, it integrates both the i8253 PIT and the vt82c586 IDE controller.
>> > I first located the wrong time was coming from gettimeofday() and not
>> > from the other sources of time the kernel provides. And then I was
>> > tracking the problem (which actually is an underflow - the chip bug
>> > causes some time offset variables go negative - 0xffffffff microseconds
>> > is about 1:20 hours). And this way I got to the spot where the patch
>> > cures the problem.
>> Ok, here is what I experienced :
>> First what is strange is that :
>> - I'm using SCSI
>> - I just have an IDE disk for mp3.
>> The IDE subsystem is never used heavilly...
>> I've experienced the problem after some time of
>> heavy scsi IO, my screen under X was going black (like with dpms)
>> When I was moving the mouse, the image was coming back
>> for < 1 seconds, then black screen...
>> The only fix was to kill X then to reboot.
>> Anyway, thanks for your explaination...
>> I'll do a feedback for this patch ASAP.
> Interesting. If it's caused by SCSI as well (might be), then it's not
> caused by heavy IDE activity but rather than that it could be heavy
> BusMastering activity instead (The IDE chip does BM as well).
> I'm still wondering if it could be a Linux kernel bug (bad/concurrent
> accesses to the i8253 registers), this has to be checked.
How sure are you that the chip is actually buggy? I ran into something
similar a while ago, when I mixed the two arguments to an outb in a driver,
and ended up writing MYPORT into the timer instead of 0x40 into MYPORT.
Bart Hartgers - TUE Eindhoven
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