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Date:	Mon, 03 Nov 2008 07:37:10 -0500
From:	Gene Heskett <>
To:	LKML <>
Subject: dmesg excerpt, 2.6.28-rc3

Greetings all;

I have been seeing an ACPI message saying it expected something it didn't get 
while booting, but that message never makes it to any log. I turned on some 
verbosity with the rc3 config, and now see this early in dmesg:

[    0.000000] ------------[ cut here ]------------
[    0.000000] WARNING: at arch/x86/kernel/cpu/mtrr/generic.c:404 
[    0.000000] mtrr: your BIOS has set up an incorrect mask, fixing it up.
[    0.000000] Modules linked in:
[    0.000000] Pid: 0, comm: swapper Not tainted 2.6.28-rc3 #1
[    0.000000] Call Trace:
[    0.000000]  [<c04282e6>] warn_slowpath+0x76/0x90
[    0.000000]  [<c0511657>] vsnprintf+0x2e7/0x680
[    0.000000]  [<c042903b>] printk+0x1b/0x20
[    0.000000]  [<c041b6dc>] pat_init+0x7c/0xa0
[    0.000000]  [<c040fe0c>] post_set+0x1c/0x50
[    0.000000]  [<c0428a8d>] release_console_sem+0x18d/0x1c0
[    0.000000]  [<c041045c>] generic_get_mtrr+0x11c/0x130
[    0.000000]  [<c0728ffa>] mtrr_trim_uncached_memory+0x7a/0x330
[    0.000000]  [<c042903b>] printk+0x1b/0x20
[    0.000000]  [<c0725d45>] e820_end_pfn+0xc5/0xf0
[    0.000000]  [<c0724120>] setup_arch+0x420/0xb60
[    0.000000]  [<c072726b>] reserve_early_overlap_ok+0x4b/0x60
[    0.000000]  [<c071d9c8>] start_kernel+0x58/0x2e0
[    0.000000] ---[ end trace 4eaa2a86a8e2da22 ]---

This is the latest, non-beta bios (1502, as of about a month ago anyway) for 
this ASUS M2N-SLI deluxe mother board, with a slow 4 core phenom in the 
socket.  Is anyone fam enough with the ASUS bios to suggest a fix?

This may have something to do with an extremely slow boot time, with a good 30 
seconds wasted between the last bios message spit out, the time when grub 
should be loading.  Each message from grub, until it finally presents the 
boot choice menu, takes 7 to 15 seconds, and once its presented the menu, 
then booting resumes at a normal speed.

I should make a movie so folks see what I'm talking about I guess.

Ahh, I found the ACPI message too!

[    0.625198] fan PNP0C0B:00: registered as cooling_device0
[    0.625202] ACPI: Fan [FAN] (on)
[    0.625608] processor ACPI0007:00: registered as cooling_device1
[    0.625654] processor ACPI0007:01: registered as cooling_device2
[    0.625703] processor ACPI0007:02: registered as cooling_device3
[    0.625754] processor ACPI0007:03: registered as cooling_device4
[    0.626200] ACPI Warning (nspredef-0858): \_TZ_.THRM._PSL: Return Package 
type mismatch at index 0 - found [NULL Object Descriptor], expected Reference 
[    0.626206] ACPI: Expecting a [Reference] package element, found type 0

What if anything can I do about these?


Cheers, Gene
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 soap, ballot, jury, and ammo. Please use in that order."
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