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Old 01-23-2011, 05:00 PM   #1
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when trying reading the data from flash, it is ffffffff??.. what does it mean...

when I am try reading data from flash it resulting in ffffffff. The code layout is as follows

This function is called from h/w init module.

Getdata(struct ipdev *dev, struct pci_dev *pci_dev)
unsigned long int ret ;
pci_start = pci_resource_start(pci_Dev, 0);
pci_len = pci_resource_len(pci_dev, 0);

ipdev->pciptr = ioremap(pci_start, pci_len);

ret = READL(offset);

READL is macro which is defined as ipdev->pciptr + offset
ret has ffffffff. what does this mean?.. is the flash erased?... How can i read the data??.. can anyone help me out?
Old 01-23-2011, 09:06 PM   #2
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Not a coding gun but 'ffffffff' is equivalent to '-1' which is probably a failure, where does the offset value come from ?
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offset is given by the is a macro defined...


FLASH_REG_BASE -> 0x38000



any clues of failure please?
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Originally Posted by kbp View Post
...but 'ffffffff' is equivalent to '-1'
In one encoding system ffffffff would be the representation for the number more commonly known as -1, however I can't see how that could be relevant here.

When a flash cell is erased, the value is 1. If you have a byte worth of those, that would be 'f' in hex, two bytes 'ff' <German> ...und so weiter, und so forth... </German>*

*Not quite clear why German sounded like the right language to this in, but, roughly 'etc, etc' and it allowed me to get 'Forth' into an unrelated question.
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Can you print the errno ?

fprintf(stderr, "READL Failed: %d, %s\n", errno, strerror(errno))


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