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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/4] rtlwifi: rtl8723ae: Take the FW LPS mode handling out
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On 1/5/19 10:30 AM, Bernd Edlinger wrote:
> On 1/5/19 5:13 PM, Larry Finger wrote:
>>> but this works:
>>>
>>> modprobe rtl8723ae debug_mask=0xFFFFFFFF debug_level=5 swlps=1 fwlps=0
>>
>> Yes, I think that is a better thing to do now. If and when Realtek finds a firmware bug, and when the new firmware is readily available, then there will not be a lot of code to reinstall.
>>
>
> Okay, my assumption of how the firmware bug "works" is this:
>
> Once the firmware enters power save mode, it will deliver exactly one (or maybe two)
> Rx interrupts. If one of those triggers the driver to leave the power save mode again,
> the firmware continues to work.
> If those are only beacons, they won't leave the power save mode. Then the firmware
> will usually not recover.
> Since prior to commit 873ffe154ae0 ("rtlwifi: Fix logic error in enter/exit power-save mode")
> the power save mode was only activated when there _is_ busy traffic, the next
> packet did usually wake the firmware, rarely it did freeze however.
> Other things like changing the cck_packet_detection_threshold or refresh_rate_adaptive_mask
> can also kick the firmware back to life.
>
> Hope this helps to track down the root cause of this bug.

As I know nothing of the firmware, that is outside my expertise, but that
observation should be of great help to PK Shih, and his colleagues at Realtek.

Larry

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