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Date:	Mon, 3 Nov 2008 11:33:06 -0200
From:	Eduardo Habkost <>
To:	Avi Kivity <>
Cc:	Ingo Molnar <>, Andrey Borzenkov <>,
	Avi Kivity <>,,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	"Rafael J. Wysocki" <>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,
	"Eric W. Biederman" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Use BIOS reboot on Toshiba Portege 4000

On Mon, Nov 03, 2008 at 12:02:53PM +0200, Avi Kivity wrote:
> Ingo Molnar wrote:
>>> Subject: [PATCH] Use BIOS reboot on Toshiba Portege 4000
>>> From: Andrey Borzenkov <>
>>> After commit c7ffa6c26277b403920e2255d10df849bd613380 which defaults
>>> to reboot via ACPI keyboard is dead on Toshiba Portege 4000 upon reboot.
>>> Power off is required to revive it again. Add DMI entry to force BIOS
>>> reboot method as it was before.
>>> Signed-off-by: Andrey Borzenkov <>
>> Avi, i expect more boxes to be affected by this bug, and the DMI  
>> solution just does not scale.
>> So could we please disable VMX from the emergency-shutdown code  
>> instead of twiddling with the reboot method?
>> Something like this might work as well: iff VMX is enabled, we just do  
>> smp_send_stop() (instead of skipping it) which should take care of  
>> this.
> There is already some code being worked on for kdump (which suffers from  
> the same symptoms), only kdump uses NMI IPIs for increased stopping  
> power.  Eduardo, can you take a look at porting it to emergency reboot?

We probably need to disable vmx on all CPUs, but emergency reboot skips
native_smp_send_stop() (where we could hook a virt_disable call in).

As relying on IPIs defeats the whole point of emergency_restart, a proper
fix will need to use NMIs like the kdump code does.

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