LPC1857 Ethernet FBI (fatal bus error) reading tx descriptor

Discussion created by lpcware Employee on Jun 15, 2016
Latest reply on Jun 15, 2016 by lpcware
Content originally posted in LPCWare by Grant.Edwards on Thu May 09 16:48:05 MST 2013

I'm trying to use the Ethernet controller on a Keil LPC1857 eval

After setting up descriptor arrays, buffers, configuring MAC and DMA,
I get a fatal bus error indicated in the DMA status register
immediately on setting the DMA_OP_MODE ST bit.  I've verified that
DMA_TRANS_DES_ADDR is pointing to a descriptor, and after the error
occurs DMA_CURHOST_TRANS_DES looks valid.  Here's waht I end up with
in DMA status

DMA_OP_MODE = 0x00002008
DMA_STAT = 0x03802002
   TI 0
  TPS 1
   TU 0
  TJT 0
  OVF 0
  UNF 0
   RI 0
   RU 0
  RPS 0
  RWT 0
  ETI 0
  FBI 1
  ERI 0
  AEI 0
  NIS 0
   RS 0
   TS 0
  EB1 1
  EB2 1
  EB3 1

I've got 16MB of SDRAM starting at address 0, and
the address for the current tx descriptor (0xe308) is correct.

What are possible causes of the fatal bus error when the DMA
controller is reading a tx descriptor?