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Subject[PATCH -resend] Input: i8042, lower log level when controller_init fails
There are a lot of machines without i8042 controller nowadays.
Sometimes i8042_controller_check returns 0 because i8042_flush does
nothing (read from the port returns 0 and the while loop does not

In that case, the probe method is called and fails with this error
output to console:
i8042: Can't read CTR while initializing i8042
i8042: probe of i8042 failed with error -5

Lower the former error message to be KERN_INFO and make the function
in that case return -ENODEV instead of -EIO. This will suppress the

There is also an IBM support page about these messages:

Signed-off-by: Jiri Slaby <>
drivers/input/serio/i8042.c | 4 ++--
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/input/serio/i8042.c b/drivers/input/serio/i8042.c
index 405252a884dd..15c87b98d70b 100644
--- a/drivers/input/serio/i8042.c
+++ b/drivers/input/serio/i8042.c
@@ -950,8 +950,8 @@ static int i8042_controller_init(void)

if (i8042_command(&ctr[n++ % 2], I8042_CMD_CTL_RCTR)) {
- pr_err("Can't read CTR while initializing i8042\n");
- return -EIO;
+ pr_info("Can't read CTR while initializing i8042. Either i8042 controller is not present or it does not respond.\n");
+ return -ENODEV;

} while (n < 2 || ctr[0] != ctr[1]);
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