2.6.27-stable review patch. If anyone has any objections, please let us know.


From: Ingo Molnar

commit fc38151947477596aa27df6c4306ad6008dc6711 upstream.

This bugzilla:


Documents a wide range of systems where the BIOS utilizes the first
64K of physical memory during suspend/resume and other hardware events.

Currently we reserve this memory on all AMI and Phoenix BIOS systems.
Life is too short to hunt subtle memory corruption problems like this,
so we try to be robust by default.

Still, allow this to be overriden: allow users who want that first 64K
of memory to be available to the kernel disable the quirk, via

Also, allow the early reservation to overlap with other
early reservations.

Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman

arch/x86/Kconfig | 20 ++++++++++++++++++++
arch/x86/kernel/setup.c | 4 +++-
2 files changed, 23 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

--- a/arch/x86/Kconfig
+++ b/arch/x86/Kconfig
@@ -1059,6 +1059,26 @@ config HIGHPTE
low memory. Setting this option will put user-space page table
entries in high memory.

+config X86_RESERVE_LOW_64K
+ bool "Reserve low 64K of RAM on AMI/Phoenix BIOSen"
+ default y
+ help
+ Reserve the first 64K of physical RAM on BIOSes that are known
+ to potentially corrupt that memory range. A numbers of BIOSes are
+ known to utilize this area during suspend/resume, so it must not
+ be used by the kernel.
+ Set this to N if you are absolutely sure that you trust the BIOS
+ to get all its memory reservations and usages right.
+ If you have doubts about the BIOS (e.g. suspend/resume does not
+ work or there's kernel crashes after certain hardware hotplug
+ events) and it's not AMI or Phoenix, then you might want to enable
+ X86_CHECK_BIOS_CORRUPTION=y to allow the kernel to check typical
+ corruption patterns.
+ Say Y if unsure.
prompt "Math emulation" if X86_32
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/setup.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/setup.c
@@ -584,13 +584,14 @@ static int __init dmi_low_memory_corrupt
"%s detected: BIOS may corrupt low RAM, working it around.\n",

- reserve_early(0x0, 0x10000, "BIOS quirk");
+ reserve_early_overlap_ok(0x0, 0x10000, "BIOS quirk");

return 0;

/* List of systems that have known low memory corruption BIOS problems */
static struct dmi_system_id __initdata bad_bios_dmi_table[] = {
.callback = dmi_low_memory_corruption,
.ident = "AMI BIOS",
@@ -606,6 +607,7 @@ static struct dmi_system_id __initdata b


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