Re: Kernel freeze with v3.13 on Avoton CPUs

From: Guenter Roeck
Date: Thu Jan 23 2014 - 17:30:42 EST

On Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 03:44:05PM -0600, Peter Tyser wrote:
> On 01/23/2014 12:50 AM, Guenter Roeck wrote:
> > Hi folks,
> >
> > we are seeing an odd problem with kernel version 3.13 running on Mohan Peak
> > with an Avoton 8-core CPU. The kernel boots to the login prompt and then
> > freezes silently within a few seconds.
> >
> > The problem disappears if we revert patch 8477128fe0 (mfd: lpc_ich: Add support
> > for Intel Avoton SoC).
> >
> > v3.10.27 runs fine. If we cherry-pick 8477128fe0 on top of 3.10.27 we see
> > exactly the same problem.
> >
> > Any idea what might be causing this, and/or what we could do to track this down
> > further ?
> I took a look at the Avoton datasheet, and it looks like its register
> layout is close, but not identical to the other ICH chipsets supported
> by the lpc_ich driver which could be part of the issue.
> Eg the "enable ACPI BAR" bit is in register offset 0x44 of PCI device
> 31, function 0 on most ICH chipsets, while it's in 0x40 on the Avoton.
> So on the Avoton the "enable ACPI BAR" bit isn't being set by the
> lpc_ich driver. If your BIOS didn't set this bit, it could cause
> erratic behavior since Linux assumes the ACPI region has been enabled.
> The driver is also writing to offset 0x44 which is RO/reserved on the
> Avoton. In theory this should be OK, but clearly isn't "correct".
The BIOS is from Intel, as we see the problem on the evaluation board.
No idea what it does.

> The same comment applies to the GPIO register in PCI device 31, function
> 0. The current lpc_ich driver enables the GPIO region in offset 0x4C
> while the Avoton does in 0x48.
> I'm not sure if the above explains the specific behavior you saw, but
> does indicate that the driver shouldn't be used for the Avoton as-is.
> I don't have an Avoton to try and reproduce, but do have access to a Bay
> Trail platform which appears to have the same register layout as the
> Avoton. I can give adding it to the lpc_ich driver a shot in the next
> week and see if I run into the same issues as you did.
> In the short term we could either revert 8477128fe0 or wait a bit until
> more investigation is done in hopes that we can fix it.
Hi Peter,

thanks a lot for the information. Reverting might be one option if we expect
others to hit the same problem. Thast might actually make sense, as it obviously
doesn't work as intended. Otherwise I can just revert the patch locally for
the time being. My problem is that I don't have ready access to the system
(they are kind of scarce), so I can not do much if any testing myself.

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