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Date:	Mon, 3 Nov 2008 14:43:14 +0100
From:	"Fabio Comolli" <>
To:	"Matthew Garrett" <>
Cc:	"Grant Grundler" <>,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] Add option to passively listen for PCIE hotplug events


On Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 2:26 PM, Matthew Garrett <> wrote:
> Various pieces of hardware (such as the Acer Aspire One and Asus EEE)
> use PCIE hotplug to change the state of devices in response to events
> such as the removal of SD cards or disabling the wireless radio.
> However, they do not provide firmware support for this. As a consequence
> pciehp will refuse to load and various things break.
> The existing workaround has been to use the pciehp_force option. This is
> undesirable as there is little guarantee that manipulating the power
> file in the slot directory will actually result in anything happening,
> leading to potential user confusion and hardware damage. This patch adds
> a new option, pciehp_passive. In this configuration pciehp will listen
> for events and notify the PCI core appropriately. However, it will not
> provide any user controllable sysfs attributes and so the risk of
> confusion or damage is averted. Any system slots that do have firmware
> support will continue to provide full functionality.
> Signed-off-by: Matthew Garrett <>

On my system (a hp laptop) I have to use pciehp_force=1 to have the
service driver hpdriver loaded and an IRQ (MSI-Edge) assigned.

Does this patch mean that in the future I'd have to use the new
pciehp_passive=1 switch instead?

Sorry if I wasn't clear, I'm not an English native speaker.

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