MACE DMA problem on Powermac 7300

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at
Mon Dec 7 13:03:44 EST 2009

On Mon, 2009-12-07 at 00:36 +0200, Risto Suominen wrote:
> I post this in hope that somebody could shed some light on how should
> the DMA work in conjunction with the MACE ethernet controller. I find
> difficult to understand why it does not work in my case:
> What happens? First two bytes of a received frame are not what they
> should be in more than 50% of frames. This can be avoided by receiving
> the frame on a word boundary, but with the usual skb_reserve(..., 2)
> (to make the IP header land on word boundary), it won't work.
> So, I can make the driver work by receiving at 0 offset, and then
> moving the data 2 bytes up, before handing it over to upper layers.
> This used to work with a 2.4.27 kernel, obviously the Grand Central
> DBDMA controller can receive on non-word boundaries. Now I have
> Any ideas, what could cause this kind of behaviour (and regression)?

Cache coherency bugs in the chipset or HW bugs in DBDMA, we've been
seeing those on/off on those old apple chipsets...

Try forcing a 32 bytes alignment ?


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