Re: [patch] 2.4.0, 2.4.0-ac12: APIC lock-ups

From: Manfred Spraul (
Date: Sat Feb 03 2001 - 07:14:37 EST

Manfred Spraul wrote:
> But I think we can change the bug description:
> If an io apic io redirection entry is unmasked while the irq pin is
> active, then the io apic sends out the interrupt as edge triggered, but
> nevertheless sets the IRR bit.

I found another workaround:
8390.c currently calls

        outb_p(ENISR_ALL, e8390_base + EN0_IMR);

and locks up after ~ 100 packets flood ping.

If I reorder these calls to

        outb_p(ENISR_ALL, e8390_base + EN0_IMR);
        (and the correct spin_lock()'s)

the lockup disappears.

But I have no idea how io_apic.c could prevent lockups.

Playing with the trigger mode is not 100% reliable - I assume it kicks
the io apic only after several changes of the trigger mode bit. Maciej's
patch switches that bit twice during every start_tx operation and thus
doesn't lock up, my patch touches the redirection entry exactly once and
reliably locks up - even if I change trigger mode, polarity, delivery
mode and vector during enable_level_irq().

Any ideas?

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