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SubjectRE: [PATCH v2 3/3] ALSA: hda: Disabled unused audio controller for Dell platforms with Switchable Graphics
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kai Heng Feng [mailto:kai.heng.feng@canonical.com]
> Sent: Friday, March 9, 2018 5:30 PM
> To: Pali Rohár <pali.rohar@gmail.com>
> Cc: mjg59@srcf.ucam.org; dvhart@infradead.org; andy@infradead.org;
> Limonciello, Mario <Mario_Limonciello@Dell.com>; tiwai@suse.com; platform-
> driver-x86@vger.kernel.org; Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-
> kernel@vger.kernel.org>; alsa-devel@alsa-project.org
> Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 3/3] ALSA: hda: Disabled unused audio controller for Dell
> platforms with Switchable Graphics
>
>
> > On Mar 9, 2018, at 5:02 PM, Pali Rohár <pali.rohar@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > On Thursday 08 March 2018 17:10:23 Kai-Heng Feng wrote:
> >> Some Dell platforms (Preicsion 7510/7710/7520/7720) have a BIOS option
> >> "Switchable Graphics" (SG).
> >>
> >> When SG is enabled, we have:
> >> 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Device 591b (rev 04)
> >> 00:1f.3 Audio device: Intel Corporation CM238 HD Audio Controller (rev 31)
> >> 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
> >> [AMD/ATI] Ellesmere [Polaris10]
> >> 01:00.1 Audio device: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Ellesmere
> >> [Radeon RX 580]
> >>
> >> The Intel Audio outputs all the sound, including HDMI audio. The audio
> >> controller comes with AMD graphics doesn't get used.
> >>
> >> When SG is disabled, we have:
> >> 00:1f.3 Audio device: Intel Corporation CM238 HD Audio Controller (rev 31)
> >> 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
> >> [AMD/ATI] Ellesmere [Polaris10]
> >> 01:00.1 Audio device: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Ellesmere
> >> [Radeon RX 580]
> >>
> >> Now it's a typical discrete-only system. HDMI audio comes from AMD audio
> >> controller, others from Intel audio controller.
> >>
> >> When SG is enabled, the unused AMD audio controller still exposes its
> >> sysfs, so userspace still opens the control file and stream. If
> >> userspace tries to output sound through the stream, it hangs when
> >> runtime suspend kicks in:
> >> [ 12.796265] snd_hda_intel 0000:01:00.1: Disabling via vga_switcheroo
> >> [ 12.796367] snd_hda_intel 0000:01:00.1: Cannot lock devices!
> >>
> >> Since the discrete audio controller isn't useful when SG enabled, we
> >> should just disable the device.
> >>
> >> Signed-off-by: Kai-Heng Feng <kai.heng.feng@canonical.com>
> >> ---
> >> v2: Mario suggested to squash the HDA part into the same series.
> >>
> >> sound/pci/hda/hda_intel.c | 35 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> >> 1 file changed, 35 insertions(+)
> >>
> >> diff --git a/sound/pci/hda/hda_intel.c b/sound/pci/hda/hda_intel.c
> >> index 96143df19b21..8e3e8b88624a 100644
> >> --- a/sound/pci/hda/hda_intel.c
> >> +++ b/sound/pci/hda/hda_intel.c
> >> @@ -49,6 +49,7 @@
> >> #include <linux/clocksource.h>
> >> #include <linux/time.h>
> >> #include <linux/completion.h>
> >> +#include <linux/dell-common.h>
> >>
> >> #ifdef CONFIG_X86
> >> /* for snoop control */
> >> @@ -1620,6 +1621,35 @@ static void check_msi(struct azx *chip)
> >> }
> >> }
> >>
> >> +#if IS_ENABLED(CONFIG_DELL_LAPTOP)
> >> +static bool check_dell_switchable_gfx(struct pci_dev *pdev)
> >> +{
> >> + static int (*dell_switchable_gfx_enabled_func)(bool *);
> >> + bool enabled;
> >> + int err;
> >> +
> >> + if (pdev->vendor != PCI_VENDOR_ID_ATI ||
> >> + pdev->subsystem_vendor != PCI_VENDOR_ID_DELL)
> >> + return false;
> >
> > Are you sure that you want to do this check unconditionally on all
> > machines which have enabled CONFIG_DELL_LAPTOP?
> >
> > Subvendor ID_DELL for dell specific code is not suspicious, but ID_ATI
> > is. What would happen if ATI vendor changes to NVIDIA or other which is
> > not related to Dell?
>
> We only check it when it's both ATI and DELL, otherwise just return false?
>
> The platform does have a NVIDIA variant, but the discrete NVIDIA have a
> audio controller, hence it doesn't have the issue.
> The issue only happens to AMD/ATI configs with "Switchable Graphics" option.
>

Pali is your concern that this code for matching vendor/subsystem is running
on non-Dell too? The only other recommendation I think that can be to restrict
to matching Dell OEM strings in SMBIOS table, but I don't think that's any better
than the matching for VID/SSVID.

> >
> > Interesting question would be, how handle this situation Windows?
>
> I don't know how this platform handles this on Windows, I guess we need
> Mario to shed some lights here.

Sorry I don't have this information to share. I don't think it's too useful here
anyway though because Windows driver architecture is much different in this
area.


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