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Re: [Xen-devel] Xen-3.2.1 VT-d Support (NOT SURE WHETHER IT'S A BUGOR...

To: "Han, Weidong" <weidong.han@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Xen-devel] Xen-3.2.1 VT-d Support (NOT SURE WHETHER IT'S A BUGOR...)
From: "Bryan York" <bryan.york@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2008 21:09:54 -0700
Cc: xen-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Cui, Dexuan" <dexuan.cui@xxxxxxxxx>
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Thanks for the information. I'm trying to forward a PCI express SATA/PATA controller with a JMicron chipset. (Info here.) I know there have been problems with graphics cards in general, but I thought it was possible with disk controllers? Is there a list of well supported hardware (disk controllers) that can be used for VT-d?

Also, your RMRR explanation makes sense for the mercurial 3.2-testing, but what about xen-unstable? I didn't see any errors there besides "I/O Virtualisation disabled" with no other reason listed.

Thanks so much for your help on this. I will also try removing the disk controller and see if the mercurial Xen-3.2-testing boots without RMRR errors.



On Tue, Aug 5, 2008 at 6:27 PM, Han, Weidong <weidong.han@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hi Bryan,
I think you are using an add-on graphic card (iGfx disabled), right? We also met this issue before. Obviously it's a BIOS issue (RMRR is incorrect). When parsing apci dmar failed, VT-d will be disabled.
Randy (Weidong)

From: xen-devel-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:xen-devel-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Bryan York
Sent: 2008年8月6日 6:17
To: Cui, Dexuan
Cc: xen-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Subject: RE: [Xen-devel] Xen-3.2.1 VT-d Support (NOT SURE WHETHER IT'S A BUGOR...)


I'm also seeing this exact same problem. I've posted on xen-users, but did not get an answer. Venkat seems to be experiencing the same problem as me. I have the latest BIOS for my motherboard DQ35JO. (BIOS ver 933) I'm running a Q6600 as well. It hangs at "Brought up 4 CPUs." I've tried all sorts of combinations of Xen versions and kernels to get this working. And, yes, VT and VT-d are enabled in my BIOS.

1) CentOS 5.2 SRPMS compiled with Xen 3.2.1. Adding pci=nommconf does not get it to boot.

2) Mercurial Xen-3.2-testing. Here, after adding pci=nommconf, I get:

(XEN) [VT-D]dmar.c:441: RMRR is incorrect.
(XEN) Failed to parse ACPI DMAR.  Disabling VT-d.
(XEN) [VT-D]ACPI DMAR:No DMAR devices found

3) Mercurial Xen-unstable, I get "I/O Virtualisation disabled" I can't find any reason why this is the case. VT-D is not enabled.

I would really like to find the cause for this. I don't know if this is a BIOS bug or what. This board is supposedly supported on Xen per the VT-D wiki. Other people seem to have the same problem as me:


Thanks for any and all help,


The BIOS version I use may be not the exact one as yours. I mean I expect you're
not using a very old BIOS. :-)

How about trying the xen 3.2.2-rc2 and the latest xen-unstable first? There are some VT-d bug fixes between 3.2.1 (you're using it) and 3.2.2-rc2.


-- Dexuan


From: Kumar, Venkat [mailto:Venkat.Kumar@xxxxxxx] Sent: 2008年8月5日 14:37 To: Cui, Dexuan; xen-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: RE: [Xen-devel] Xen-3.2.1 VT-d Support (NOT SURE WHETHER IT'S A BUG

If you don't mind can you send me the BIOS version you are using?




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From: Cui, Dexuan [mailto:dexuan.cui@xxxxxxxxx] Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2008 12:03 PM To: Kumar, Venkat; xen-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: RE: [Xen-devel] Xen-3.2.1 VT-d Support (NOT SURE WHETHER IT'S A BUG

Hi Venkat,

Can you confirm you're using the latest BIOS? Can you try the xen 3.2.2-rc2 and
the latest xen-unstable on the same host?

I have the similar host. Xen 3.2.2-rc2 and the latest xen-unstable both work
well on it.


-- Dexuan


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[mailto:xen-devel-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Kumar, Venkat Sent: 2008年8月5日 12:21 To: xen-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [Xen-devel] Xen-3.2.1 VT-d Support (NOT SURE WHETHER IT'S A BUG OR...)

After building Xen-3.2.1 I could successfully boot into it if I avoid giving
vtd=1 as the boot parameter.

If I pass vtd=1 as the boot parameter to xen, the system hangs while booting.

The system hangs after the following messages


Boot messages


[Xen] Brought up 2 CPUs...


My chipset DQ35 series is having VT-d support and is enabled in the BIOS as

My domain0 is CentOS-5.2(

Is this a possible bug or some thing else??

Any Idea??



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