[U-Boot-Users] Need help booting linux on IBM 405EP eval board

Jeff Tucker jeff at jltnet.com
Tue Apr 6 18:52:20 CEST 2004

--On Tuesday, April 06, 2004 12:21 AM +0200 Wolfgang Denk <wd at denx.de> 

> In message <13615528.1081174833@[]> you wrote:
>> In fact, there are messages there which probably point to the root
>> cause.  I've got a lot of messages like this, I'll just type in the
>> first couple:
>> ack overflow in process c0162030, r1=c0162450
>> <2>Kernel stack overlow in process c0162030, r1=c01622b0
>> <4>Data machine check in kernel mode
>> and lots more stuff like that but I presume the first messages are
>> earliest  and are the root cause.
> Actually these are not the first messages; the  ring  buffer  wrapped
> around. Try resetting the board faster, and/or increasing the log_buf
> size in your kernel configuration.

Thanks. I did increase the ring buffer and, in fact, modified the kernel so 
it would simply lock up when the ring buffer filled up so I could make sure 
to see the first messages. Strangely, the messages in the buffer are 
incomplete and there are gaps in between them. This makes me think that the 
SDRAM isn't working right.

To test that, I've tried the simple memory test which works in U-Boot. I've 
also loaded the kernel image two different places in SDRAM and used the 
memory compare to see if they're the same. Both of these work. The IBM 
bootloader's memory test, which is a little more exhaustive, also works so 
I don't think the hardware itself is bad.

In doing more debugging, I discovered the early boot serial messages I 
could enable. The kernel is running until the first call to pte_alloc, then 
it dies. This is deep within the virtual memory manager and is voodoo I 
don't understand. Since the kernel works with the other bootloader, though, 
I think that the code is probably fine. This, too, would make me think that 
U-Boot isn't setting up the SDRAM correctly. I'm going to compare its setup 
to what the IBM bootloader does.


Jeff Tucker
jeff at jltnet.com

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