James Kimble

64MB flash problem in M5485EVB with Linux 2.6.25

Discussion created by James Kimble on Jun 2, 2009
Latest reply on Jul 24, 2009 by James Kimble

I've been having a very strange problem while trying to get 64MB of flash to work with a custom board based on the M5485EVB board (Intel P33 flash with CS lines tied together for 32 bit width). I had no problem with this for the 2.6.10 kernel so I know the hardware is OK. U-Boot had no problem with it but the 2.6.25 kernel doesn't want to see 64MB. I can get it to work with 38MB but no more than that (yeah, weird!!).

 

In this case the only thing I've had to do in the kernel is specify a length of 0x03ffffff rather than 0x04000000 because the larger size causes the mtd physmap routine to fail with a FAULT 5. The smaller size seems to allow everything to boot up fine.

 

Kernel boot is always OK when initializing partitions. I see:

 

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Driver 'sd' needs updating - please use bus_type methods
physmap platform flash device: 03ffffff at fc000000
physmap-flash.0: Found 2 x16 devices at 0x0 in 32-bit bank
NOR chip too large to fit in mapping. Attempting to cope...
 Intel/Sharp Extended Query Table at 0x010A
 Intel/Sharp Extended Query Table at 0x010A
 Intel/Sharp Extended Query Table at 0x010A
 Intel/Sharp Extended Query Table at 0x010A
 Intel/Sharp Extended Query Table at 0x010A
Using buffer write method
Using auto-unlock on power-up/resume
cfi_cmdset_0001: Erase suspend on write enabled
Reducing visibility of 65536KiB chip to 65535KiB
2 cmdlinepart partitions found on MTD device physmap-flash.0
Creating 2 MTD partitions on "physmap-flash.0":
0x00000000-0x00400000 : "kernel"
0x00400000-0x03b00000 : "root"
DSPI: Coldfire master initialized

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With an NFS kernel I'm able to specify a root partition of 60M in bootargs as in:

 

root=/dev/nfs rw nfsroot=137.237.242.53:/tftpboot/ltib ip=137.237.242.175:137.237.242.53:137.237.242.13:255.255.255.0:ColdFire:eth0:smileysurprised:ff mtdparts=physmap-flash.0:4M(kernel)ro,60M(root)

 

But when I burn the kernel and rootfs (21M) to flash and try to boot with a bootargs of (anything bigger than 38M fails):

 

root=/dev/mtdblock1 rw rootfstype=jffs2 mtdparts=physmap-flash.0:4M(kernel)ro,55M(root)

 

I get the following messages and the kernel panics:

 

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RPC: Registered tcp transport module.
Bad page state in process 'swapper'
page:003bba70 flags:0x0000000c mapping:00000002 mapcount:1 count:0
Trying to fix it up, but a reboot is needed
Backtrace:
Stack from 0702daf0:
       <0> 0702db00<0> 002e687c<0> 0005118c<0> 00281bfc<0> 003bba88<0> 003bba70<
0> 00051f52<0> 003bba70
       <0> 00000000<0> 000000d0<0> 00000000<0> 00000010<0> 002e6db0<0> 00000000<
0> 00000000<0> 0702a000
       <0> fc480000<0> 002e6db4<0> 00000004<0> 00000000<0> 00000000<0> 00000000<
0> 00000001<0> 00000000

                                            ;;;;

Totlen for ref at 071721f8 (0x00080000-0x575d5555) miscalculated as 0xffcd9759 i
nstead of 57555555
No next ref. jeb->last_node is 071721f8
jeb->wasted_size 2e68a8, dirty_size 3bbac0, used_size 1, free_size 2e68a8
------------[ cut here ]------------
WARNING: at fs/jffs2/nodelist.c:766 __jffs2_ref_totlen+0x286/0x340()
Modules linked in:
Stack from 0702dab8:
       <0> 0702dac8<0> 071721f8<0> 0002c910<0> 0027d944<0> 00291d4a<0> 000002fe<
0> 0702dae9<0> 0027d91b

                                        ;;;;;

<0> 07134eae<0> 000c0000<0> 070255f5<0> 00000002<0> 00000000<0> 00000000<
0> 00000000<0> 0000000a
Call Trace:
       <0> [<0011519a>]<0> [<001179d6>]<0> [<00117382>]<0> [<001179d6>]
       <0> [<001941ea>]<0> [<00194432>]<0> [<001179d6>]<0> [<00077844>]
       <0> [<0007f7f8>]<0> [<0006c73e>]<0> [<00117882>]<0> [<001179d6>]
       <0> [<00071112>]<0> [<00071210>]<0> [<00051af2>]<0> [<000859de>]
       <0> [<00085b86>]<0> [<00083d20>]<0> [<00052416>]<0> [<00083dde>]
       <0> [<00085c56>]<0> [<000412f2>]<0> [<000790ac>]<0> [<00079592>]
       <0> [<0013f7c2>]<0> [<00021228>]<0> [<000795a8>]<0> [<001735b4>]
       <0> [<0002d1a6>]<0> [<0004afd6>]<0> [<000212a2>]<0> [<000212da>]
Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!

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This is very weird!! Anyone have any ideas about what might be causing this?

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