8xx bus monitoring

Pantelis Antoniou panto at intracom.gr
Mon Jan 31 18:09:23 EST 2005

Robin Gilks wrote:
> Pantelis Antoniou wrote:
>> Robin Gilks wrote:
>>> Greetings
>>> System is a MPC859 based controller.
>>> I'm trying to determine whether a peripheral is not responding to 
>>> memory fetches by using the bus monitor feature on the Transfer 
>>> Acknowledge (TA) signal. This is set to the maximum count in the Bus 
>>> Monitor Timeout (BMT) in the System Protect Control Register (SYPCR). 
>>> The monitoring is enabled by setting the Bus Monitor Enable (BME) bit 
>>> in SYPCR as well.
>>> I understand that I can use the Transfer Error Status Register (TESR) 
>>> to read the fact that I have had a timeout by checking the Data 
>>> Transfer Monitor Timeout (DTMT) bit in this register.
>>> The problem is, how do I know any error has occured so I know to look 
>>> at  the TESR. I can't see a way of generating an exception from this 
>>> condition.
>>> Any help appreciated.
>> You get a machine check exception.
>> It's pretty obvious then :)
> Using a 2.4.22 based kernel, as far as I can see a machine check should 
> be trapped (its only allowed to cause a reset in the reboot code I 
> think). Assuming I got it right and it really is trapped, how come I 
> always get a reset:-((
> Any pointers to the code that does setup for causing an exception 
> (rather than reset) would be appreciated.

Check the MSR register at the time of the access.
Is RI set? If not instead of an exception you get a reset...



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