wiki:Sony/Vaio/FE41Z/R0200J3BIOSBugs

R0200J3 BIOS Bugs

ACPI DSDT errors

Top of (Low) Usable DRAM

It erroneously defines the PCI Configuration Space register TOLUD for the PCI root bridge (\_SB.PCI0.(HBUS.)TOUD) as 6 bits wide instead of 5. This register reports the address of the top of usable RAM which is used in \_SB.PCI0._CRS() to return a package to the host that includes the calculated size of RAM in the !DWordRange ResourceProducer AddressRangeMemory \_SB.PCI0.BUF0._X0D.

OperationRegion (HBUS, PCI_Config, 0x40, 0xC0)
Field (HBUS, DWordAcc, NoLock, Preserve)
{
  // ...             
  Offset (0x5C),  // 0x5C + base 0x40 = offset 0x9C in PCI Config
            ,   3, 
  TOUD,   6 // Intel Mobile 945 Express TOLUD register
}

// ...

Method (_CRS, 0, Serialized)
{
  // ...
  CreateDWordField (BUF0, \_SB.PCI0._X0D._MIN, M1MN)
  CreateDWordField (BUF0, \_SB.PCI0._X0D._MAX, M1MX)
  CreateDWordField (BUF0, \_SB.PCI0._X0D._LEN, M1LN)
  ShiftLeft (TOUD, 0x1B, M1MN)
  Add (Subtract (M1MX, M1MN), One, M1LN)
  Return (BUF0)
}

PCIO is the root bridge in the Mobile Intel® 945 Express Chip-set. According to the data-sheet at 5.1.26:

> TOLUD - Top of Low Used DRAM Register - bits 7:3
> 
> B/D/F/Type:     0/0/0/PCI
> Address Offset: 9Ch
> Default Value:  08h
> Access:         R/W/L; RO
> Size:           8 bits
> 
> This 8-bit register defines the Top of Usable Dram. Graphics Stolen Memory and TSEG
> are within dram space defined under TOLUD. From the top of low used dram, (G)MCH
> claims 1 to 64 MBs of DRAM for internal graphics if enabled and 1, 2 or 8 MBs of DRAM
> for TSEG if enabled.

Depending on how the host OS ACPI core interprets the Field FieldUnit? declarations, this could result in a bit from the following register, SMRAM, being interpreted as part of the TOLUD value. If the interpreter discards illegal bit-widths the entire register (value) could be ignored.

Battery Technology reported as non-rechargeable

The definition for BAT0 incorrectly declares the battery as Primary which, according to the ACPI Specification v3.0, means:

Battery Technology DWORD 0x00000000 – Primary (for example, non-rechargeable) 0x00000001 – Secondary (for example, rechargeable)

 Device (BAT0)
 {
  // ...
  Method (_BIF, 0, NotSerialized)	// get Battery InFormation
  {
   Name (MULV, Zero)
   Name (BATI, Package (0x0D)
   {
        Zero, 			// power_unit
        0x2710, 		// design_capacity
        0x2710, 		// last_full_capacity
        Zero, 			// battery_technology
        Ones, 			// design_voltage
        0x03E8, 		// design_capacity_warning
        0x0190, 		// design_capacity_low
        0x64, 			// battery_capacity_granularity_1
        0x64, 			// battery_capacity_granularity_2
        "", 			// model_number
        "", 			// serial_number
        "LiOn", 			// battery_type
        "Sony Corp."		// oem_info
   })

This leads to problems when the OS relies on the reported battery information:

$ cat /proc/acpi/battery/BAT0/info
present:                 yes
design capacity:         57720 mWh
last full capacity:      57720 mWh
battery technology:      non-rechargeable
design voltage:          118530 mV
design capacity warning: 1000 mWh
design capacity low:     400 mWh
capacity granularity 1:  100 mWh
capacity granularity 2:  100 mWh
model number:            
serial number:           
battery type:            LiOn
OEM info:                Sony Corp.