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[Xen-devel] use of scratchpad registers


in a response on thread "High CPU temp, suspend problem - xen
4.1.5-pre, linux 3.7.x", you say

"There are some BIOSes out there that I know that use the
 scratchpad registers in IOH (so depending on the platform that
 can be 0:0e.1 , Reg 0x84). If Xen or Linux touch it then the
 P-states and C-states that the BIOS generates are buggy",

which makes me assume you have knowledge on why and where
Xen or Linux would touch these registers. It is my understanding
that these registers should be left alone by Xen, and be used by
Linux only in ways consistent between native and running on top
of Xen (i.e. through the same specific driver).

However, we've been having a report of there being a difference
in behavior, which so far we weren't able to narrow down the
origin of. Hence, if you know details here, I'd very much
appreciate if you could share them.

Thanks, Jan

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