ARMADA-XP cpu1 .. cpu3 does not come online

Russell King - ARM Linux linux at
Thu Jun 18 07:22:33 PDT 2015

On Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 03:36:07PM +0200, Andrew Lunn wrote:
> > Uncompressing Linux... done, booting the kernel.                               
> > [    0.000000] Booting Linux on physical CPU 0x0                               
> > [    0.000000] Linux version 4.0.5-00001-g8b87c3c (peter at t440) (gcc version 4.95
> > [    0.000000] CPU: ARMv7 Processor [562f5842] revision 2 (ARMv7), cr=10c5387d 
> > [    0.000000] CPU: PIPT / VIPT nonaliasing data cache, PIPT instruction cache 
> > [    0.000000] Machine model: AXP-TEST-BOARD 
> > [    0.000000] bootconsole [earlycon0] enabled
> > [    0.000000] Truncating RAM at 0x00000000-0xffffffff to -0x2f800000 
> > 
> > ^^ This is worrying to me, firstly because memory is being truncated down, secondly because my dts file only specifies memory from 0x00000000 to 0xf000000 (see attached dts file)
> 0x2f800000 suggests you have an old boot loader, with IO at
> 0xd000,0000. Upgrading to a newer uboot will allow you to use more of
> the 4G of RAM. It might also fix your SMP issue.

No.  The 0x2f800000 comes from having more than 0x2f800000 bytes of memory
and having highmem disabled.  It's got nothing to do with boot loaders at

The way this works is that sanity_check_meminfo() looks at the base of
the vmalloc() area.  If PAGE_OFFSET + memory_size results in memory above
the vmalloc() area, and highmem is disabled, sanity_check_meminfo()
truncates the memory to that limit and reports the above message.

As for the SMP issue, whether a newer uboot has any impact on it is
something I can't say, but uboot has nothing to do with the above
"truncating ram" message.

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