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Date:	Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:37:43 +0200
From:	Pavel Machek <>
To:	Jesse Brandeburg <>
Cc:	"Waskiewicz Jr, Peter P" <>,
	"Ronciak, John" <>,
	"Kirsher, Jeffrey T" <>,
	"Allan, Bruce W" <>,
	"Wyborny, Carolyn" <>,
	"Skidmore, Donald C" <>,
	"Rose, Gregory V" <>,
	"Duyck, Alexander H" <>,
	"Dave, Tushar N" <>,
	"" <>
Subject: Re: e1000e on thinkpad x60: interrupt problem


> > Yeah, of course you need to ask e1000e if it generated the
> > interrupt. That part works. The part that actually generates the
> > interrupt does not. Take a look at original mail...
> > 
> > packet comes
> > e1000e sets E1000_ICR_INT_ASSERTED bit
> > e1000e tries to generate an interrupt and fails
> > 50msec passes
> ^^ thats the ASPM timeout length.
> > AHCI generates interrupt
> > all the handlers are called
> >     AHCI processes its interrupt, handles disk read
> >     e1000_intr notices E1000_ICR_INT_ASSERTED bit, delivers the packet.
> > 
> > Network still works, only slowly. Ping goes lower when I use the
> > disk. That matches what I see.
> > 
> > Do you have other explanation?
> Regardless of what others are saying I believe you have an issue with
> ASPM being enabled.  All the discussion about shared interrupts, is
> just a distraction.  This issue would still occur (and just be worse)
> without a shared interrupt.


> You already mentioned that a kernel hack to disable ASPM fixes it, but
> you can just boot with different options to turn off ASPM.
> pcie_aspm=off

Are you sure? AFAICT linux will not turn off aspm if ACPI says
so.. hence the hack. 

# From: Robert Hancock <>
# To: Pavel Machek <>
# CC: Greg KH <>, kernel list
# <>,
# Subject: Re: /sys/module/pcie_aspm/parameters/policy not writable?
# ...
# > pavel@amd:~$ dmesg | grep -i aspm
# > ACPI FADT declares the system doesn't support PCIe ASPM, so disable
# it
# IIRC, this message is somewhat misleading. When that FADT flag is set
# by the BIOS, the kernel doesn't so much disable ASPM as disable the
# kernel's control over ASPM. I believe this was to match Windows
# behavior.

It looks like ASPM needs to be off, but BIOS enables ASPM and tells
kernel it is not supported... and that means that kernel will not
disable it :-(.

I guess there's no way to do ASPM disable for single device from the

(cesky, pictures)
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