Re: [PATCH][2.5][Trivial] VIA Rhine Kconfig entry

From: Steve Brueggeman (
Date: Tue Dec 10 2002 - 14:19:33 EST

Is it possible that this may be related to this thread???

To: Linus Torvalds <>
Subject: Re: /proc/pci deprecation?
From: Alan Cox <>
Date: 09 Dec 2002 14:11:07 +0000
Cc: Richard Henderson <>,
        Patrick Mochel <>,
        Willy Tarreau <>,
        Petr Vandrovec <>,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,

On Mon, 2002-12-09 at 01:54, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> - we should _never_ update the PCI_INTERRUPT_LINE register, because it
> destroys boot loader information (the same way we need to not overwrite
> BIOS extended areas and ACPI areas etc in order to be able to reboot
> cleanly)

I wonder if this is why we have all these problems with VIA chipset
interrupt handling. According to VIA docs they _do_ use
PCI_INTERRUPT_LINE on integrated devices to select the IRQ routing
between APIC and PCI/ISA etc, as well as 0 meaning "IRQ disabled"


On Tue, 10 Dec 2002 14:28:14 +0100, you wrote:

>On Sat, 07 Dec 2002 22:15:42 -0500, Jeff Garzik wrote:
>> I agree about IO-APIC -- though I also think the reports that replacing
>> via-rhine with linuxfet, and changing nothing else, helps the situation.
>> It might be something cosmetic like silly dev->tx_timeout handling, or
>> it might be something useful like a chip-specific patch [often happens
>> with on-mobo chips] or even a north/south-bridge-specific fixup.
>There are two different kinds of Rhine problems that are reportedly fixed
>by turning apic support off:
>a) No link, card's dead in the water
>b) Netdev watchdog triggered despite recent Tx abort fix
>No telling whether the cause is the same for both cases. I don't have
>sufficient data on mobos or chip sets involved and where linuxfet helps. As
>I am currently short on APIC hardware myself, I'll focus on clean ups and
>improved diagnostics for now.
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