at91: input overruns question

Aras Vaichas arasv at
Wed Oct 27 23:14:19 EDT 2010

On 26 October 2010 17:19, Aras Vaichas <arasv at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm updating our production kernel to for an at91rm9200.
> This is the newest version supported by RT.
> I've noticed that the age-old debug serial input overrun(s) issue has
> gotten far worse and I can no longer use the cursor keys at all. i.e.
> no history on serial console or vi.
> As the kernel version numbers have gone up, the problem seems to have
> gotten worse.
> Is there anything that I can do to make it a bit more usable?
> Any .config changes?

Configuration settings CONFIG_NO_HZ and CONFIG_HIGH_RES_TIMERS cause
the overrun(s) problems to get worse.

If I disable these two settings I still get overrun(s) but not quite
as frequent.

Can someone explain why these settings would cause the CPU to be
unable to process 2 serial characters in a row?

Something must be causing the DBGU serial receive interrupt to stall
for more than 86us in order to miss a complete 115200 baud serial


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