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Prior to this update, the following message was displayed when booting a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 system on a virtual guest:
WARNING calibrate_APIC_clock: the APIC timer calibration may be wrong.
This was due to the MAX_DIFFERENCE parameter value (in the APIC calibration loop) of 1000 cycles being too aggressive for virtual guests. APIC (Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controllers) and TSC (Time Stamp Counter) reads normally take longer than 1000 cycles when performed from inside a virtual guest, due to processors being scheduled away from and then back onto the guest. With this update, the MAX_DIFFERENCE parameter value has been increased to 10,000 for virtual guests.
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on therefore solution and/or where to find the updated files,
please follow the link below. You may reopen this bug report
if the solution does not work for you.