From: Maxim Levitsky on
On Sat, 2010-06-19 at 16:02 +0300, Maxim Levitsky wrote:
> On Sat, 2010-06-19 at 08:38 -0400, Bob Copeland wrote:
> > On Sat, Jun 19, 2010 at 10:49:34AM +0300, Maxim Levitsky wrote:
> > > How this patch?
> >
> > Looks fine to me. Some nitpicking below but feel free to add my
> >
> > Acked-by: Bob Copeland <me(a)>
> >

Best regards,
Maxim Levitsky


commit 616afa397b3e843f2aba06be12a30e72dfff7740
Author: Maxim Levitsky <maximlevitsky(a)>
Date: Thu Jun 17 23:21:42 2010 +0300

ath5k: disable ASPM

Atheros card on Acer Aspire One (AOA150, Atheros Communications Inc. AR5001
Wireless Network Adapter [168c:001c] (rev 01)) doesn't work well with ASPM
enabled. With ASPM ath5k will eventually stall on heavy traffic with often
'unsupported jumbo' warnings appearing. Disabling ASPM L0s in ath5k fixes
these problems.
Also card sends a storm of RXORN interrupts even though medium is idle.

Reproduced with pcie_aspm=force and by using 'nc < /dev/zero > /dev/null' at
both ends (usually stalls within seconds).

Unfortunately BIOS enables ASPM on this card by default on these machines
This means that, problem shows up (less often) without pcie_aspm=force too.
Therefore to benefit from this fix you need to _enable_ CONFIG_PCIEASPM

All credit for this patch goes to Jussi Kivilinna <jussi.kivilinna(a)>
for finding and fixing this bug.

Based on patch that is
From: Jussi Kivilinna <jussi.kivilinna(a)>

Signed-off-by: Maxim Levitsky <maximlevitsky(a)>
Acked-by: Bob Copeland <me(a)>

diff --git a/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath5k/base.c b/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath5k/base.c
index 3abbe75..4f6bd7c 100644
--- a/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath5k/base.c
+++ b/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath5k/base.c
@@ -48,6 +48,7 @@
#include <linux/netdevice.h>
#include <linux/cache.h>
#include <linux/pci.h>
+#include <linux/pci-aspm.h>
#include <linux/ethtool.h>
#include <linux/uaccess.h>
#include <linux/slab.h>
@@ -469,6 +470,19 @@ ath5k_pci_probe(struct pci_dev *pdev,
int ret;
u8 csz;

+ /*
+ * Disable PCIE ASPM L0S on the card.
+ * ASPM triggers hardware bug, that makes card stall transmission
+ * untill reset, and even that doesn't always help.
+ * This happens on meduim to heavy transmit utilization.
+ * In addition to stall, hardware usually gives a storm of
+ * RXORN interrupts, despite idle channel, and otherwise doesn't work.
+ * Windows driver also disables the L0s ASPM,
+ * probably due to same reason
+ * Note: to benefit from this fix, please _enable_ CONFIG_PCIEASPM
+ */
+ pci_disable_link_state(pdev, PCIE_LINK_STATE_L0S);
ret = pci_enable_device(pdev);
if (ret) {
dev_err(&pdev->dev, "can't enable device\n");

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