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SubjectRe: [PATCH] drm/i915/opregion: work around buggy firmware that provides 8+ output devices
On Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 11:08 AM, Chris Wilson <> wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 05:10:25PM +0800, Aaron Lu wrote:
>> On 02/12/2014 06:31 PM, Chris Wilson wrote:
>> > On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 11:05:40AM +0800, Aaron Lu wrote:
>> >> The ACPI table on ASUS UX302LA has more than 8 output devices under the
>> >> graphics controller device node. The problem is, the real active output
>> >> device, the LCD panel, is listed the last. The result is, the LCD's
>> >> device id doesn't get recorded in the active device list CADL array and
>> >> when the _DCS control method for the LCD device is executed, it returns
>> >> 0x1d, meaning it is not active. This affects the hotkey delivery ASL
>> >> code that will not deliver a notification if the output device is not
>> >> active on backlight hotkey press.
>> >>
>> >> I don't see a clean way to solve this problem since the operation region
>> >> spec doesn't allow more than 8 output devices so we have no way of
>> >> storing all these output devices. The fact that output devices that have
>> >> _BCM control method usually means they have a higher possibility of being
>> >> used than those who don't made me choose a simple way to work around
>> >> the buggy firmware by replacing the last entry in CADL array with the one
>> >> that has _BCM control method. There is no specific reason why the last
>> >> entry is picked instead of others.
>> >
>> > Another possibility is that the connector list is in rough priority
>> > order so might be useful for sorting the CADL array.
>> >
>> > Since the CADL should only be a list of currently active devices, we
>> > could just bite the bullet and repopulate it correctly after every
>> > setcrtc.
>> Thanks for the suggestion. As a first step, does the following un-tested
>> patch look OK?
> Yes. Maybe worth putting together the similar routines for blind
> setting the didl and the cadl, or at least for computing the value from
> the connector. For instance, the didl logic disagrees with the value of
> index - is that relevant? I have a suspicion that the CADL entry should
> match the DIDL entry for the connector, but that is not actually
> mentioned in the opregion spec afaict.

I think a problem is that often we have more than one output for a
given type. So we need to somehow match them up to make sure we put
the right ones intot didl/cadl lists. The issue here is that our
connectors don't match up perfectly with the acpi output entries
(since we have separate dp/hdmi outputs). But I think it would be
worthwhile trying to match them up and store a link from struct
intel_connector to the right acpi node acpi node.

Then we could generate the didl/cadl lists by walking all connectors
(only looking at the enabled ones for cadl) and evaluating the _ADR
node of the linked apci node. As long as we ensure that we don't have
duplicated entries we should be fine.

This is a bit more work though ... And I have no idea really how
firmware uses these lists (besides for backlight purposes apparently).
Daniel Vetter
Software Engineer, Intel Corporation
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