Thank you for your patience.
There is an option in the kernel menuconfig called "Intel MID DMA support for Peripheral DMA Controllers" that you can try to disable. You can also try disabling DMA configurations in the defconfig file and experiment with them, however, we haven’t test these options so doing it would be at your own risk. Disabling those configurations may disable other interfaces and functions of Edison.
Also, remember that the menuconfig will generate a .config somewhere in the host machine, it will be necessary to copy this file to the write directory where the .defconfig file resides and also replace the contents of the .defconfig file with the .config file generated.
I did some more research my self and found the following https://github.com/01org/edison-linux/blob/edison-3.10.17/drivers/tty/serial/mfd_core.c. In line 46-49 it says:
module_param(hsu_dma_enable, int, 0);
"It is a bitmap to set working mode, if bit[x] is 1, then port[x] will work in DMA mode, otherwise in PIO mode.");
So, possibly (if I'm looking in the right place?) this might be the kernel command line option that would disable the DMA without recompiling?
For me no problem. But this thread is a question about dma and how to disable it, the other a problem that may be either a bug related to parity detection in our code or in the hsu driver code (if not something completely different), so 2 different things.
But lets's close this one then, if you prefer.