Regression affecting b43 LP-PHY card

Larry Finger Larry.Finger at
Tue May 10 14:31:12 EDT 2011

On 05/09/2011 05:52 PM, Rafał Miłecki wrote:
> Juan owns Lenovo affected by well-known LP-PHY DMA errors. His testing
> procedure is following:
> modprobe wl; connect; download sth small; rmmod wl;
> modprobe b43; download 2GB
> When working on DMA errors we discovered that wireless-testing is not
> working well for him. Even after performing above procedure his
> machine disconnects quickly and he is not able to reconnect. We tested
> 2.6.39-rc6 from tarball and it was working fine. I'd like to highlight
> here, that we were switching between mainline and wireless-testing few
> times. It is not a random issue.
> I suspected this regression could be caused by my recent ssb patches.
> So I reverted all of them but this didn't help.
> In this situation we decided to bisect. I was a little afraid of last
> merges so we took older 2.6.38 as GOOD (we tested this twice) and
> wireless-testing commit before my ssb changes as BAD. Today Juan
> finished bisecting kernel:
> According to his bisection the first bad commit is
> e06383db9ec591696a06654257474b85bac1f8cb [0]:
> hrtimers: extend hrtimer base code to handle more then 2 clockids
> Does it make any sense to you? Could this be some timing issue?
> It was too late to test this today, we (Juan) will work on this
> tomorrow. It's impossible to revert this commit from HEAD of
> wireless-testing, so my idea is to checkout commit, test, revert,
> test.
> Did anyone else experience any similar problems with latest wireless-testing?

I did some testing over the weekend using the LP-PHY device in my HP Mini 110 
netbook. This one does not have any DMA issues, but b43 generates PHY 
transmission errors and dies when I try to copy a file over my LAN. The source 
material is contained on an NFS-mounted volume. The machine that exports the 
volume is connected by wire to the router/switch. When I get a file from the 
Internet, there are no problems. In the latter case, the transfer rate of the 
download is up to 1.2 MB/s. I don't know what the peak rate is for the NFS copy 

I was able to test kernels from the wireless-testing tree back to v2.6.36. All 
behaved the same, thus my problem is not a regression.


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