Problem with DMA or agpgart on VIA686a-boards consists with kernel 2.4.2?

From: Andreas Hartmann (
Date: Sun Feb 25 2001 - 10:21:20 EST

Used hardware:
AMD Athlon 800
VIA KX133-Chipsatz with AGP

Chipset: ATI 264LT Pro (3D Rage LT Pro) (Port Probed)
Memory: 8192 Kbytes
RAMDAC: ATI Mach64 integrated 15/16/24/32-bit DAC w/clock
                 (with 6-bit wide lookup tables (or in 6-bit mode))
                 (programmable for 6/8-bit wide lookup tables)
Attached graphics coprocessor:
                Chipset: ATI Mach64
                Memory: 8192 Kbytes

used software-versions:
- Kernel 2.3.x until 2.4.2
- Kernel 2.4test
- activated support for VIA82Cxxx and using DMA by default
- X 3.3.6
- agpgart-module
- glx from with DMA and agpgart
- reiserfs
- DMA-mode of the hd (WDC WD205AA) is turned on with hdparm and runs
   in UDMA4-mode.

Hallo all,

I already found in some 2.3-versions or in the 2.4test-versions the following
The X-screen suddenly begins blinking and can't be stabilized without
rebooting the machine (which did not freeze!). A restart of X-Server doesn't
help. The problem persists.
Unfortunately I couldn't find any error-log. A hint maybe the output of the
glx.log when started in "damaged" situation (negative benchmarks):

   119:dma buffer transfer speed:
 13698:DmaBenchmark 0xfde00 bytes, 0.010 sec: 97 mb/s
 15092:DmaBenchmark 0xfde00 bytes, -0.019 sec: -51 mb/s
 13647:DmaBenchmark 0xfde00 bytes, 0.010 sec: 103 mb/s

In not damaged situation, you can find something like this:
   119:dma buffer transfer speed:
 20007:DmaBenchmark 0xfde00 bytes, 0.016 sec: 61 mb/s
 10397:DmaBenchmark 0xfde00 bytes, 0.006 sec: 163 mb/s
 10296:DmaBenchmark 0xfde00 bytes, 0.006 sec: 164 mb/s

Some information to glx:
glx provides 3D-functions under X 3.3.6 with my graphic-chip and uses
therefore DMA and agpgart. glx uses too a "little" file in the
/tmp-directory, which resides on a reiserfs-partition.

There are no problems with kernel 2.2.x and the special IDE-patches from
Andre Hedrick.

Now some interesting information perhaps:
The patches from Alan Cox 2.4.1ac9 or ac17 (I didn't test the others) are
working fine. I couldn't find any problem with these patches.

I would be very appreciated if the related patches of Alan Cox could find
there way in the official kernel!

Kind regards,
Andreas Hartmann
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