Re: Calibration issues with USB disc present.

From: Max Krasnyansky
Date: Wed Nov 16 2005 - 19:04:01 EST

George Anzinger wrote:

Oh well, publicly mock the manufacturer for doing horrible things in
their BIOS and then no one will buy the boxes, and we will not have
problems :)

Long term, maybe, but it will not close the bug report I have in hand...

I suspect the right fix is in-between. We should try to push hardware
makers away from using SMIs recklessly, but we should also do our best
to work around those that don't. The same problems crop up w/
virtualization where time-based calibration may be interrupted.

George, again, there has been some SMI resistant delay calibration code
added recently. You mentioned this problem was seen on 2.4 kernel, so
you could verify that the new code in 2.6.14 works and if so, try
backporting it.

If not we need to see what else we can do about improving delay
calibration (its a similar tick-based problem to what I'm addressing
with the timeofday rework) or reducing the use of delay by using
something else.

I will look at that code, but we also need to address the same problem in the TSC calibration area.

I think in the short term your best bet is to globally disable SMI at early
boot stage (ie before TSC calibration).
Some people might argue that it's not the most graceful solution because it might
brake some BIOS features but it's a very common trick that is used by RT folks
(for example RTAI has configurable option to enable SMI workaround) because
on some chipset/BIOS combinations SMIs introduce horrible latencies. And you
cannot do much about that other than disabling SMI.
I have not seen any reports of negative side effects of disabling SMI yet. But
if you're worried about that you could re-enable it later when you're done with
TSC calibration and stuff.


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