Kernel almost hangs when CONFIG_DRM_RADEON=y

Borislav Petkov bp at
Tue Aug 30 00:17:56 PDT 2011

On Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 11:08:28PM -0300, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> On Mon, 29 Aug 2011, Borislav Petkov wrote:
> > So, hypothetically speaking, hpa suggested then that we could pass
> > firmware blobs over the linked list setup_data thing in the real-mode
> > kernel header and parse_setup_data() can look at them and map them
> > somewhere later for the driver to find. This should be doable because
> > you're only gonna need a handful of blobs for CPU ucode, network and GPU
> > if the last is compiled in.
> > 
> > I wanted to take a serious look at that for the ucode loading, maybe I
> > should try to shuffle some time for it...
> It would be very useful, yes.
> Alternatively, you could extend the initrd format to have a firmware
> directory appended after the filesystem image.  ACPI is going to abuse
> the initrd in just that way to override ACPI tables very soon (patches
> have been already submitted to linux-acpi),

.. lemme guess: they didn't put the correct tables in the BIOS in the
first place and now it is too late for a BIOS fix and want to shuffle in
all those "fixes" through initrd ontop of ACPI. Oh boy, do I love all
the ACPI crap stories :).

> so if a more structured and extensible way to piggy-back early-init
> data in the initrd is needed, it would be good to bring that to the
> table NOW.

Yeah, that's not more than an idea right now, I haven't even started
playing with it. If it turns out to be more superior, it could be reused
for other things too but right now it's too early to tell.


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