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From: James D Strandboge <>
To: Philipp Matthias Hahn <>
Cc: Linux Kernel Mailing List <>
Subject: Re: Polling /proc/apm causes usb hiccups and clock drift
Date: 25 Sep 2002 08:39:04 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <1032957544.18424.5.camel@sirius.strandboge.cxm> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Tue, 2002-09-24 at 12:22, Philipp Matthias Hahn wrote:
> Hi James!
> On Tue, Sep 24, 2002 at 09:12:00AM -0400, James D Strandboge wrote:
> > Disabling the battstat-applet and not touching /proc/apm lets xawtv work
> > fine without the above errors.  Polling /proc/apm also causes clock
> > drift.
> > 
> > I have a Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop (1.6Ghz Pentium 4).  Using kernel
> > 2.4.18-686 from debian.  I read that this happened to people in the 2.2
> > series.  Is this a kernel apm bug or BIOS problem?  Do I just have to
> > live with it?
> This is a known BIOS limitation. Interrupts are disabled during
> APM-BIOS calls and they may take a long time, during which the kernel
> might miss some clock interrupts.
> You can try to enable CONFIG_APM_ALLOW_INTS=y during kernel compile, but
> your BIOS might not like it.
Thanks.  Yes I have this disabled because it has caused problems with
others using the inspiron 8200.  I will play with it though.  This most
definitely is a BIOS bug then, and I have to live with it.  Is ACPI any

Jamie Strandboge

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  parent reply	other threads:[~2002-09-25 12:33 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 3+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2002-09-24 13:12 James D Strandboge
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2002-09-25 12:39   ` James D Strandboge [this message]
2002-09-25  9:48 Thomas Hood

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