Parity error on main memory board

If the non maskable interrupt was caused by a memory parity error on the main board, the function shown in Figure 11.11, from arch/i386/kernel/traps.c, is called. It prints a warning message and reenables parity error detection.

380 static void mem_parity_error(unsigned char reason, struct pt_regs * regs)

382 printk("Uhhuh. NMI received. Dazed and confused, but trying to continue\n");

38 3 printk("You probably have a hardware problem with your RAM

387 outb(reason, 0x61);

Figure 11.11 Clearing and disabling the memory parity bit

380 the reason parameter is a byte read from port 0x61, port B of the PC. The pt_regs structure on the stack is never used.

386 the four high-order bits of reason are cleared. These are read-only bits anyway. The four low-order bits are not affected. Bit 2 is set. This clears system board parity detection (bit 7) but leaves it disabled. The user has been warned that there is a problem; we do not want to be overwhelmed with repetitions of the same interrupt.

387 then this value is then written to IO port 0x61, port B of the PC.

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