Patchwork [v2] 8139too: move wmb before TX DMA start

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Submitter Andreas Oberritter
Date Oct. 8, 2008, 4:14 p.m.
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Permalink /patch/3323/
State Accepted
Delegated to: Jeff Garzik
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Andreas Oberritter - Oct. 8, 2008, 4:14 p.m.
From: Andreas Oberritter <>

The write barrier should be used before starting a DMA transfer. This fixes
a problem, where almost all packets received on another machine had garbled
content. Tested with an RTL8100C on a MIPS machine.

Signed-off-by: Andreas Oberritter <>
Added a comment on Ben's request explaining the reason for the barrier.

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diff --git a/drivers/net/8139too.c b/drivers/net/8139too.c
index 53bd903..3c5fac6 100644
--- a/drivers/net/8139too.c
+++ b/drivers/net/8139too.c
@@ -1716,13 +1716,18 @@  static int rtl8139_start_xmit (struct sk_buff *skb, struct net_device *dev)
 	spin_lock_irqsave(&tp->lock, flags);
+	/*
+	 * Writing to TxStatus triggers a DMA transfer of the data
+	 * copied to tp->tx_buf[entry] above. Use a memory barrier
+	 * to make sure that the device sees the updated data.
+	 */
+	wmb();
 	RTL_W32_F (TxStatus0 + (entry * sizeof (u32)),
 		   tp->tx_flag | max(len, (unsigned int)ETH_ZLEN));
 	dev->trans_start = jiffies;
-	wmb();
 	if ((tp->cur_tx - NUM_TX_DESC) == tp->dirty_tx)
 		netif_stop_queue (dev);