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Date:	Wed, 25 Jul 2007 17:22:01 -0400
From:	Chris Snook <>
To:	Chuck Ebbert <>
CC:	Jay Cliburn <>,
	Netdev <>
Subject: Re: atl1 driver corrupting memory?

Chuck Ebbert wrote:
> I have a report of random errors when using the atl1 driver
> with kernel Could that be a problem fixed by the
> recent changes to DMA setup in 2.6.23-rc?

I hope so.  As far as we can tell the driver and the NIC itself are doing the 
right thing, and the pci layer or chipset is screwing up the 64-bit DMA.  This 
only manifests when physical memory addresses cross the 4 GB boundary, and as 
far as I'm aware atl1 is only used on desktop boards, so we don't have a lot of 
testers.  If someone wants to buy me and Jay more RAM so we can test it 
ourselves, I guess we wouldn't object :)

I favor disabling 64-bit DMA in atl1 until Atheros can track this down in the 
lab.  If we don't get confirmation that this bug is fixed by the DMA changes, I 
think we should revert to 32-bit DMA for 2.6.23.  Limiting ourselves to 32-bit 
DMA on desktop systems is a lot less bad than allowing arbitrary memory corruption.

	-- Chris
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