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RE: CP0 EntryLo

To: "'Dominic Sweetman'" <>
Subject: RE: CP0 EntryLo
From: "Gilad Rom" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2004 18:26:59 +0200
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So, what I need to do, if I understand correctly, is to create a fixed
From a virtual address to a physical address on the tlb, and use this
Virtual address to change the values of EntryLo to 0xD in order to 
Access the device on the address range I mapped Chip-select 1 to?

(Excuse my poor phrasing, I've been googling all day...)

Any idea on how I might accomplish that from a driver?
I've found a function called add_wired_entry(...), is this
What I should be using?


-----Original Message-----
From: Dominic Sweetman [] 
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2004 12:25 PM
To: Gilad Rom
Subject: Re: CP0 EntryLo

Gilad Rom ( writes:

> I am attempting to access a peripheral device over the Au1500 static bus.
> According to the Au1500 Databook, Whenever I set the Chip Select config
> Register DTY bits to 1 (for "I/O Device").

> I must also set Bits 29:26 of CoProcessor 0 to 0xD, to represent
> bits 35:32 of the Physical address.

"CoProcessor 0" is a kind of fiction represented by a whole bunch of
registers, so you've wandered a long way into the weeds here.

> My question is, if anyone can answer it, is how do I setup
> The CoProcessor0 registers 29:26 in my driver?

I think you are referring to the "EntryLo0-1" register pair.  These
are used as staging registers when reading or writing entries in the
TLB, which is the address translation table.  

The manual is implying is that you need to set up a TLB entry to
access these high physical addresses.  

In Linux most of the TLB is maintained by the kernel as a cache of the
translations used by user programs.  That's probably why you see
"random values" from the staging registers; the kernel is busy taking
exceptions when required translations aren't in the TLB and fixing
them up.

However, the Au1500 hardware permits a small number of TLB entries to
be "wired", for fixed functions like your I/O accesses.

I'm not enough of an expert on the Linux kernel to tell you how to set
up a wired entry: but grep through the sources and you'll turn
something up!

> I have noticed a set of functions called write/read_c0_entrylo[0,1],
> But I keep getting random values when invoking these from my driver.

I think those are way too low-level for your purposes.

Dominic Sweetman
MIPS Technologies

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