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SubjectRe: non volatile ram disk
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On Mon, 2002-01-21 at 17:21, Peter Wächtler wrote:
> Erez Doron schrieb:
> >
> > the exact log i get:
> >
> > Creating 3 MTD partitions on "SA1100 flash":
> > 0x00000000-0x00040000 : "bootldr"
> > mtd: Giving out device 0 to bootldr
> > 0x00040000-0x02000000 : "root"
> > mtd: Giving out device 1 to root
> > 0xc2000000-0xc4000000 : "rd"
> > mtd: partition "rd" is out of reach -- disabled
> >
> > notes:
> > 1. the flash is at physical adress 0-0x1ffffff (32mb)
> > 2. the ram is at physical adress 0xc0000000-0xc3ffffff
> > i tried to map an mtd device to the second part of the ram, but got
> > "partition is out of reach"
> >
> > any idea ?
>
> you are confusing the address space of the kernel (starting with 3GB [0xc0000000])
> with the addresses of the RAM (the upper 32MB starts at 0x2000000)
>
no, i do not ( compaq document says the ram starts at 0xc0000000, i also
verified it by doing peek and poke via the bootloader)

> Then there will be some CS (chip selects) to distinguish what "bus address space"
> to use. Like CS1 for Flash and CS0 for RAM (don't know details of SA1100/iPAQ)
>
> You have to use the special MTD device that talks to system RAM.
> Again, I don't know the details, but menuconfig gives you:
>
> RAM/ROM/Flash chip drivers
> Support for RAM chips in bus mapping
>
> Self-contained MTD device drivers
> Uncached system RAM (NEW)
>
> The former sounds like RAM on expansion bus, the latter seems to be
> what you are looking for.
>
> Now: is the RAM battery backed, or not? If not, you want to use
> the flash as nonvolatile disk - otherwise there would be no need
> to restart the system and hence a normal RAM disk would be nonvolatile.
>
yes it is

thanks anyway
erez.
>
> >
> > On Mon, 2002-01-21 at 15:42, Erez Doron wrote:
> > > hi
> > >
> > > thanks for replying,
> > >
> > > I already tried to map an MTD to physical memory, but got an error and
> > > an mtd with size 0
> > >
> > > dou you know why ?
> > >
> > > regards
> > > erez
> > >
> > > On Mon, 2002-01-21 at 15:41, Peter Wächtler wrote:
> > > > Erez Doron schrieb:
> > > > >
> > > > > hi
> > > > >
> > > > > I'm looking for a way to make a ramdisk which is not erased on reboot
> > > > > this is for use with ipaq/linux.
> > > > >
> > > > > i tought of booting with mem=32m and map a block device to the rest of
> > > > > the 32M ram i have.
> > > > >
> > > > > the probelm is that giving mem=32m to the kernel will cause the kernel
> > > > > to map only the first 32m of physical memory to virtual one, so using
> > > > > __pa(ptr) on the top 32m causes a kernel oops.
> > > > >
> > > > > any idea ?
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > > a MTD is the way to go, which uses the "reserved" mem area.
> > > > I assume that the RAM is battery backed
> > > > -

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