[Nouveau] Progress on nv46 vblank bug

Hans de Goede hdegoede at redhat.com
Fri Jun 19 03:25:36 PDT 2015


On 16-06-15 16:02, Ilia Mirkin wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 5:34 AM, Hans de Goede <hdegoede at redhat.com> wrote:
>> So any hints how to mvoe forward with this are appreciated.
> I can only say what I would do... forget about trying to quantify
> which cases work and which don't, just take the case that you can
> reliably reproduce the problem with. Start up a second xterm (or ssh
> in, that might be simpler), and start poking at stuff with
> nvapeek/nvapoke. You can look in the driver for what it does when
> enabling/disabling vblanks, and you can verify the values of various
> registers to see if they're what you expect or not. My bet is the the
> vblanks are somehow masked off. The dispnv04 code is pretty
> convoluted, and probably an odd call sequence causes it to mess things
> up.

Ok, so I've been poking at registers for a couple of hours yesterday
and today, but I've not gotten anywhere.

In the mean time I've learned something about my 2 scenarios, I was
wrong that one works and one does not work, they both work and do
not work some of the time ...

It seems that we're not initializing some register and sometimes this
comes out of reset with a good value and sometimes with a bad value ...

Running nvapeek on interesting register ranges also shows that quite
a few registers contain different values between boots. Some of these
are things seem to be counters for the current line / scanout address,
but others are not. Is this normal for nouveau hardware?

I'm used to most hardware having everything in a consistent state after
a reset.

> Also adding a drm.debug=0xf and comparing the successful and failure
> cases may prove interesting. [and nouveau.debug=debug for good measure
> as well, can't hurt]
>> Possibly related, likely unrelated during nouveau module (re) load I get
>> these 2 errors:
>> [  240.837471] nouveau E[    PBUS][0000:01:00.0] MMIO write of 0x00000000
>> FAULT at 0x6833c8
>> [  240.837945] nouveau E[    PBUS][0000:01:00.0] MMIO write of 0x4f4f5c4e
>> FAULT at 0x6833c8
>> Where by the addresses listed as being written to (0x00000000 and
>> 0x4f4f5c4e) are different
>> each module load, so they seem to be taken from uninitialized memory.
> How different? This example appears to decode to:
> $ ~/src/envytools/rnn/lookup -a 46 6833c8
> Which is definitely video-related. Perhaps it's something executed by
> a VBIOS script? (Or wait, you were thinking that 0x4f4f5c4e is the
> address? no, that is the value being written. And it occurs to me that
> that is 'N\OO' in fourcc. Probably irrelevant.) You may find 'nvbios'
> a useful tool for decoding the bios scripts. Also the 3c8 is
> suspiciously similar to the VGA I/O 0x3c4 (?) register? Probably
> coincidence.

Ah yes I had the 2 value and address swapped. you're right it is writing
to 0x6833c8 usually 2 times, but sometimes it is writing to that register
a lot of times in a row, usually on a nouveau module reload.



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