BCM2836 (Raspberry Pi 2) port

Stephen Warren swarren at wwwdotorg.org
Tue May 12 15:03:38 PDT 2015

On 05/12/2015 11:32 AM, Eric Anholt wrote:
> Stephen Warren <swarren at wwwdotorg.org> writes:
>> On 05/12/2015 09:39 AM, Alexander Stein wrote:
>>> On Monday 11 May 2015, 20:36:40 wrote Stephen Warren:
>>>> On 05/08/2015 10:14 AM, Alexander Stein wrote:
>>>>> On Thursday 23 April 2015, 22:25:08 wrote Stephen Warren:
>>>>>>> Hit any key to stop autoboot:  0
>>>>>>> U-Boot> setenv fdt_high fffffff
>>>>> Any specific reason to set fdt_high to fffffff?
>>>> Yes, it prevents U-Boot's annoying habit of moving the DTB from where it
>>>> was loaded to some other place. This was especially important in this
>>>> case since I was trying to find out exactly which piece of RAM being
>>>> over-written caused the issues I was seeing.
>>> Shouldn't this then be part of the default raspberry (2 only?) environment?
>> Eventually yes. So far, nobody seems to know which areas of RAM are
>> off-limits (presumably since the RAM is used as a CPU1..3 pen), so I was
>> experimenting to try and find that out.
> If I'm reading this right, the CPU1-3 pen is in the bottom 8k of memory
> (actually much less than 8k).

Hmm. I wondered if that was the case. I don't think anything I was doing 
in U-Boot /should/ touch those pages, but there have been bugs before 
where some pointer was left at NULL, and some DM (U-Boot Device Model) 
code ended up putting structures in page 0 by mistake. Perhaps something 
like that has resurfaced. I'll try to find time to diff page 0 
before/after various U-Boot operations, and see if it's getting modified...

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