new hope to get a standard Trusty Tahr kernel, that plays well with Pentium M

Nio Wiklund nio.wiklund at
Thu Feb 27 10:14:24 UTC 2014


Linked to from the Launchpad bug report

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Date	Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:01:47 +0700
From	Chris Bainbridge <>
Subject	[PATCH] x86: set Pentium M as PAE capable

Pentium M is PAE capable but does not indicate so in the CPUID response.
This is an issue now that some distributions are no longer shipping
non-PAE kernels (those distributions no longer boot on Pentium M). This
small patch fixes the issue by forcing the PAE capability on Pentium M.

For more discussion see

Signed-off-by: Chris Bainbridge <chris.bainbridge at>

diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/intel.c b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/intel.c
index bbe1b8b..97996aa 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/intel.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/intel.c
@@ -226,6 +226,12 @@ static void intel_workarounds(struct cpuinfo_x86 *c)
 		clear_cpu_cap(c, X86_FEATURE_SEP);

+	 * PAE CPUID bug: Pentium M reports no PAE but has PAE
+	 */
+	if ((c->x86 == 6) && ((c->x86_model == 9) || (c->x86_model == 13)))
+		set_cpu_cap(c, X86_FEATURE_PAE);
+	/*
 	 * P4 Xeon errata 037 workaround.
 	 * Hardware prefetcher may cause stale data to be loaded into the cache.
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I think and hope this indicates, that we'll get a standard Trusty Tahr
kernel, that can be installed in Pentium M computers without fake-PAE.

Best regards

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