[Intel-gfx] 4.3.3 / skylake / dual graphics: multiple CSR errors at boot from i915 driver

Marc MERLIN marc_xorg at merlins.org
Tue Feb 16 02:59:53 UTC 2016

On Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 11:07:23PM +0100, Daniel Vetter wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 02:11:24PM +0800, Zhi Wang wrote:
> > From SKL, i915 will try to load DMC firmware when system is starting up. You
> > can find it from 01.org. Personally, it looks without the firmware, the
> > system is also able to work, except a lot warnings. :)
> We pretty much require dmc, since supporting a non-dmc path would double
> the amount of testing we'd have to do. And right now we can do barely
> enough to keep that one configuration working. This is the same with all
> the various pm features that are disabled by default - if you touch any of
> those we taint the kernel.

I think the problem was that because I was loading from initrd and i915 was
built in the kernel, it couldn't load the firmware.
Apparently the solution is to build with 
CONFIG_EXTRA_FIRMWARE="i915/skl_dmc_ver1.bin i915/skl_guc_ver4.bin"

This allowed things to work, but it's not exactly an obvious step if you
have i915 built in the kernel.
On the plus side, my system would hang 1mn while i915 was trying to do
things without its firmware, but the boot continued and X was usable without
the firmware loaded.

Actually outside of the 1mn hang at boot, I'm not sure if my system is
running X better with the firmware than without :)

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