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Subject[Regression] Changes to i2c-piix4.c initialisation prevent loading of sp5100_tco watchdog driver on AMD SB800 chipset
Dear Linux folks,

Unfortunately, commit 2fee61d22e (i2c: piix4: Add support for
multiplexed main adapter in SB800) [1] caused a regression. Tim
reported that to the Linux Kernel Bugtracker as bug #170741 last
September [2], but it looks like the affected subsystems don’t use it.

So I just copy his report in here, and put all the people in CC
mentioned in the commit, the bug report, and in the subsystems
mentioned in the file `MAINTAINERS`.

> On the AMD Turion N40L and other related SoCs, the i2c-piix4 driver
> now claims the 0xcd6 ioport, preventing the sp5100_tco watchdog
> driver from loading:
> piix4_smbus 0000:00:14.0: SMBus Host Controller at 0xb00, revision 0
> piix4_smbus 0000:00:14.0: Using register 0x2c for SMBus port selection
> piix4_smbus 0000:00:14.0: Auxiliary SMBus Host Controller at 0xb20
> sp5100_tco: SP5100/SB800 TCO WatchDog Timer Driver v0.05
> sp5100_tco: PCI Vendor ID: 0x1002, Device ID: 0x4385, Revision ID: 0x42
> sp5100_tco: I/O address 0x0cd6 already in use
> This breaks watchdog operation on existing systems on upgrade and new
> deployments unless the i2c-piix4 driver is blacklisted.
> See:
> drivers/watchdog/sp5100_tco.c
> tco_timer_enable(void)
> (SB800_IO_PM_INDEX_REG is defined in drivers/watchdog/sp5100_tco.h)
> This is the commit which prevents the watchdog driver from loading:
> See also AMD docs
> 45483_sb800_bdg_pub_3.03
> Perhaps a fix is to switch both drivers from static to dynamic
> allocation of the IO ports in question, since the watchdog driver
> only accesses the port during initialisation (with backoff/retry
> maybe to avoid races?).

Is there somebody having the resources to implement the dynamic
allocation to solve this regression?



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