BCM4312 LP-PHY DMA issues
zajec5 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 24 01:35:23 EST 2011
2011/11/22 Justin Azoff <JAzoff at albany.edu>:
> On Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 05:13:13PM +0100, Dominique Martinet wrote:
>> Is the dmesg output the one without pio=1?
>> It says:
>> [ 28.236344] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 478.104 (2008-07-01
>> [ 33.772580] b43-phy0 ERROR: Fatal DMA error: 0x00000400, 0x00000000,
>> 0x00000000, 0x00000000, 0x00000000, 0x00000000
>> [ 33.778855] b43-phy0 ERROR: This device does not support DMA on your
>> system. It will now be switched to PIO.
>> [ 33.784685] b43-phy0: Controller RESET (DMA error) ...
>> so I would suppose it fell back to pio=1 and missed something during the
>> initialization (assuming it works when you modprobe it with pio=1
> That is correct:
> * with pio=1 it works
> * without pio=0 you get the above message, but then it is never able to connect.
>> That being said, it is supposed to work on linux >= 3.0, so I'd try with
>> a more recent firmware just to see if it helps.
>> (cf. http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43?highlight=%28b43%29#List_of_firmware
> Ah, I didn't even think to upgrade the firmware.. the debian package
> that installs the firmware grabs this url:
> which appears to be a few versions behind. I'm installed
> broadcom-wl-18.104.22.168.3_mipsel.tar.bz2 and am testing kernels now.
> 3.1.0-1-686-pae with the new firmware seems to be working :-)
> It went from
> 2011-11-22 12:24:23 check=DL ok=True download_time=26.44 timeout=False min_speed=544 avg_speed=774 max_speed=888
> 2011-11-22 12:42:16 check=DL ok=True download_time=11.75 timeout=False min_speed=1376 avg_speed=1743 max_speed=1976
> and CPU usage is only 15% now.
Huh, that sound interesting. So updating firmware fixed DMA issues for
you, right? Are you really sure you're using DMA?
I didn't think Broadcom could fix something about DMA errors
(timeouts?) of LP-PHY in the recent firmware.
Is this still working fine for you? After that ~2 days?
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