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Subject[PATCH 3.11 17/25] drm/i915/dp: workaround BIOS eDP bpp clamping issue
3.11-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Jani Nikula <>

commit c6cd2ee2d59111a07cd9199564c9bdcb2d11e5cf upstream.

This isn't a real fix to the problem, but rather a stopgap measure while
trying to find a proper solution.

There are several laptops out there that fail to light up the eDP panel
in UEFI boot mode. They seem to be mostly IVB machines, including but
apparently not limited to Dell XPS 13, Asus TX300, Asus UX31A, Asus
UX32VD, Acer Aspire S7. They seem to work in CSM or legacy boot.

The difference between UEFI and CSM is that the BIOS provides a
different VBT to the kernel. The UEFI VBT typically specifies 18 bpp and
1.62 GHz link for eDP, while CSM VBT has 24 bpp and 2.7 GHz link. We end
up clamping to 18 bpp in UEFI mode, which we can fit in the 1.62 Ghz
link, and for reasons yet unknown fail to light up the panel.

Dithering from 24 to 18 bpp itself seems to work; if we use 18 bpp with
2.7 GHz link, the eDP panel lights up. So essentially this is a link
speed issue, and *not* a bpp clamping issue.

The bug raised its head since
commit 657445fe8660100ad174600ebfa61536392b7624
Author: Daniel Vetter <>
Date: Sat May 4 10:09:18 2013 +0200

Revert "drm/i915: revert eDP bpp clamping code changes"

which started clamping bpp *before* computing the link requirements, and
thus affecting the required bandwidth. Clamping after the computations
kept the link at 2.7 GHz.

Even though the BIOS tells us to use 18 bpp through the VBT, it happily
boots up at 24 bpp and 2.7 GHz itself! Use this information to
selectively ignore the VBT provided value.

We can't ignore the VBT eDP bpp altogether, as there are other laptops
that do require the clamping to be used due to EDID reporting higher bpp
than the panel can support.

Tested-by: Ulf Winkelvos <>
Tested-by: jkp <>
Signed-off-by: Jani Nikula <>
Signed-off-by: Daniel Vetter <>
[Jani: stable 3.11 backport]
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
drivers/gpu/drm/i915/intel_dp.c | 20 ++++++++++++++++++++
1 file changed, 20 insertions(+)

--- a/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/intel_dp.c
+++ b/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/intel_dp.c
@@ -1389,6 +1389,26 @@ static void intel_dp_get_config(struct i

pipe_config->adjusted_mode.flags |= flags;
+ if (is_edp(intel_dp) && dev_priv->vbt.edp_bpp &&
+ pipe_config->pipe_bpp > dev_priv->vbt.edp_bpp) {
+ /*
+ * This is a big fat ugly hack.
+ *
+ * Some machines in UEFI boot mode provide us a VBT that has 18
+ * bpp and 1.62 GHz link bandwidth for eDP, which for reasons
+ * unknown we fail to light up. Yet the same BIOS boots up with
+ * 24 bpp and 2.7 GHz link. Use the same bpp as the BIOS uses as
+ * max, not what it tells us to use.
+ *
+ * Note: This will still be broken if the eDP panel is not lit
+ * up by the BIOS, and thus we can't get the mode at module
+ * load.
+ */
+ DRM_DEBUG_KMS("pipe has %d bpp for eDP panel, overriding BIOS-provided max %d bpp\n",
+ pipe_config->pipe_bpp, dev_priv->vbt.edp_bpp);
+ dev_priv->vbt.edp_bpp = pipe_config->pipe_bpp;
+ }

static void intel_disable_dp(struct intel_encoder *encoder)

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