Re: [PATCH net-next v4 0/4] Fix OdroidC2 Gigabit Tx link issue
From: Russell King - ARM Linux
Date: Fri Jan 06 2017 - 07:00:26 EST
On Fri, Jan 06, 2017 at 06:42:24AM +0100, Yegor Yefremov wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 12:25 AM, Russell King - ARM Linux
> <linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Another concern with this patch is that the existing phylib "set_eee"
> > code is horribly buggy - it just translates the modes from userspace
> > into the register value and writes them directly to the register with
> > no validation. So it's possible to set modes in the register that the
> > hardware doesn't support, and have them advertised to the link partner.
> > I have a patch which fixes that, restricting (as we do elsewhere) the
> > advert according to the EEE supported capabilities retrieved from the
> > PCS - maybe the problem here is that the PCS doesn't support support
> > EEE in 1000baseT mode?
> > Out of interest, which PHY is used on this platform?
> > On the SolidRun boards, they're using AR8035, and have suffered this
> > occasional link drop problem. What has been found is that it seems to
> > be to do with the timing parameters, and it seemed to only be 1000bT
> > that was affected. I don't remember off hand exactly which or what
> > the change was they made to stabilise it though, but I can probabily
> > find out tomorrow.
> I have different boards with am335x and AR8035 and we had occasional
> link drop with both 100 and 1000 speeds.
AR8035 has "Smart EEE", which is a PHY specific thing... it's not
entirely 802.3 compliant as it doesn't involve the MAC.
The Smart EEE control registers are in the PCS MMD - some of this
is from people's memories:
- 0x805b is the TX wakeup timer. Lower 8 bits for 100base-Tx and
upper 8 bits for 1000base-T.
- 0x805c and 0x805d.
The LPI timer is 24 bit, with the lower 16 bits in 0x805c and the
upper 8 in 0x805d. 0x805d bit 8 appears to be the Smart EEE enable bit.
What was found was setting the 1000base-T wakeup timer to the same as
the 100base-Tx avoided the problems we were seeing, which was only
with 1000base-T. (Whether that's because 100base-Tx hasn't been as well
tested, I don't know.) SR ended up with 0x1717 in 0x805b.
I'd suggest playing around with that register to see if extending the
wakeup time has any beneficial effect.
Also, I suspect Smart EEE shouldn't be enabled if you have an EEE
capable MAC (in which case 0x805d bit 8 should be clear.) I think,
however, it defaults to enabled.
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