Re: [PATCH] x86: Reserve legacy VGA MMIO area for x86_64 as wellas x86_32

From: Yinghai
Date: Wed Apr 07 2010 - 19:27:24 EST

On 04/07/2010 04:05 PM, Bjorn Helgaas wrote:
> On Wednesday 07 April 2010 04:45:30 pm Yinghai wrote:
>> On 04/07/2010 02:06 PM, Bjorn Helgaas wrote:
>>> Currently, we only reserve the legacy VGA area [mem 0xa0000-0xbffff] on
>>> x86_32. But this legacy area is also used on x86_64, so this patch
>>> reserves it there, too.
>>> If we don't reserve it, we may mistakenly move a PCI device to that area,
>>> as we did here:
>>> pci_root PNP0A03:00: host bridge window [mem 0xff980800-0xff980bff]
>>> pci_root PNP0A03:00: host bridge window [mem 0xff97c000-0xff97ffff]
>>> pci 0000:00:1f.2: no compatible bridge window for [mem 0xff970000-0xff9707ff]
>>> pci 0000:00:1f.2: BAR 5: assigned [mem 0x000a0000-0x000a07ff]
>>> as reported by Andy Isaacson at
>>> I think the fact that the BAR is not within a host bridge window is a
>>> BIOS defect, and it's now more visible because we have "pci=use_crs" as
>>> the default. Using "pci=nocrs" is a workaround, because then we won't
>>> attempt to move the device.
>> that doesn't look right.
>> It seem another thread, erission has one model without VGA, and they use that area for other device MMIO.
>> current for 64bit, We remove [0xa0000, 0x100000) from e820 map if those area is E820_RAM.
>> in e820_reserve_resources(), kernel will reserve range < 1M according to e820 map.
>> that is before pci BAR is claimed.
>> or you can add
>> boot_params.screen_info.orig_video_isVGA == 1
>> or double check scan pci tree to see if video is there or not
> I'm sorry, I can't understand what you're saying.

for 64 bit, you may check boot_params.screen_info.orig_video_isVGA to see if you need to reserve that VGA range.
not sure if every bootloader fill that...

> It seems like you're saying we already have a mechanism to keep us
> from assigning that VGA range to another device, but obviously it's
> not working.
> Maybe it will be clearer if you propose a different patch that prevents
> us from assigning 0xa0000 to the USB controller.

when the system only have one peer root bus, can you skip the _CRS for it?

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