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Date:   Sun, 24 Mar 2019 21:39:16 +0000
From:   Sudip Mukherjee <>
To:     Teddy Wang <>
Cc:     Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz <>,,,,,
        Yifeng Li <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 5/8] fbdev: sm712fb: fix crashes during framebuffer
 writes by correctly mapping VRAM.

Hi Teddy,

On Sun, Mar 17, 2019 at 06:25:01AM +0800, Yifeng Li wrote:
> On a Thinkpad s30 (Pentium III / i440MX, Lynx3DM), running fbtest or X
> will crash the machine instantly, because the VRAM/framebuffer is not
> mapped correctly.
> On SM712, the framebuffer starts at the beginning of address space, but
> SM720's framebuffer starts at the 1 MiB offset from the beginning. However,
> sm712fb fails to take this into account, as a result, writing to the
> framebuffer will destroy all the registers and kill the system immediately.
> Another problem is the driver assumes 8 MiB of VRAM for SM720, but some
> SM720 system, such as this IBM Thinkpad, only has 4 MiB of VRAM.
> Fix this problem by removing the hardcoded VRAM size, adding a function to
> query the amount of VRAM from register MCR76 on SM720, and adding proper
> framebuffer offset.
> Please note that the memory map may have additional problems on Big-Endian
> system, which is not available for testing by myself. But I highly suspect
> that the original code is also broken on Big-Endian machines for SM720, so
> at least we are not making the problem worse. More, the driver also assumed
> SM710/SM712 has 4 MiB of VRAM, but it has a 2 MiB version as well, and used
> in earlier laptops, such as IBM Thinkpad 240X, the driver would probably
> crash on them. I've never seen one of those machines and cannot fix it, but
> I have documented these problems in the comments.

I only have access to SM712 and I am testing this series on it. Can you please
test them on SM710, SM720 and also on big-endian machine, specially the patches
from 5 to 8.


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