[U-Boot-Users] Re:Re: Contents of U-Boot-Users digest , Vol 1 #866 - 6 msgs. Message 6. Why the contents in SDRAM stay?

Jihua Cheng JihuaC at aaesys.com
Wed Jul 14 17:10:36 CEST 2004


I think you power off and then immediately (in a few seconds) power on the board. If you stay a while after you power off the board, the content of SDRAM should be lost.

The reason is that sdram keeps the contents for a while without refresh.

Hope this helps.


From: "Frank Young" <young726 at hotmail.com>
To: u-boot-users at lists.sourceforge.net
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2004 17:54:11 -0700
Subject: [U-Boot-Users] Why the contents in SDRAM stay?

Hi all,

I am playing with the u-boot that is just installed on my customed board 
with PPC405GP (based on walnut). The SDRAM I am using is SAMSUNG 

One interesting thing I found is, I used mm to change the first 4 bytes at 
address 0, which is suppose to belong to SDRAM, to 0xdeaddead. Then I turned 
off the power. After I turned on the power, I used md to check the memory. 
The content at address 0 was still 0xdeaddead. I changed the value several 
times and found once I modified the SDRAM, the content stays regardless the 
power is off. This is very weird. Should the content be lost once the power 
is off? Can anybody explain how it happened?

BTW, after I turn off the board I waited for long enough (1-2 minutes) to 
turn it on.



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