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Frequently Asked Questions

Question: No downloading possible

Press the button “Reopen Connection” and try again. If you are using openOCD: did the server start correctly? On Windows, a separate command window should have opened where you can see log output by this server. Check your deep preferences if this command window does not open.

Question: System looses debug connection?

When the connection to the target seems to work erratically, check the power supply of the target.

Question: Where can I check, which classes are loaded on the target?

Go to ClassTreeView.

Question: Do I run too many tasks?

To inquire the load of your system together with all active tasks go to TaskView.

Question: I get the Error #300: class file not found (java/lang/StringBuilder)?

Probably you wrote code in Java like “System.out.println(“val=” + a). The '+' operator is currently not supported with strings, as there is no class StringBuilder in the runtime library.

Question: When printing messages by using System.out.print(…) the message is not printed.

Various causes may lead to this:
  • You have to define which interface is dedicated for System.out and you also have to initialize this interface.
  • If you use SCI1 and the USB-BDI interface: the serial communication will be tunneled through the USB connection. You can display this connection with any terminal program or in the terminal view of Eclipse. For this the USB connection must be open. Try to reopen the connection by pressing “Reopen USB-Connection”. Make sure that the USB-Target-Log is not in suspend mode.
  • Check if the settings (e.g. baudrate) for the interface on the target correspond with the settings on the host.

Question: LED on board blinks?

This can have several causes, see Exceptions and Errors. At boot time, the code section is checked for proper content. If this check fails, the LED starts blinking and the program execution stops.
Later on when a stack check fails, the LED blinks with a different blink pattern. The blinking can also indicate that a java exception occurred.

Question: Processor stays in freeze mode all the time.

Make sure that the reset pin of the processor is not connected to ground. The reset signal will be internally tied to ground for a certain time until it is released.

Question: MPC555 Processor does not seem to run at 40MHz.

The inputs Int5, Int6 and Int7 must not be tied to Gnd at startup. If so, the processor will choose a wrong mode and the PLL cannot lock. Debugging is possible, but the processor runs in limp mode.

Question: Processor freezes when dividing longs.

Division of two values of type long is a rather expensive operation in terms of cycles used. If the divisor is smaller than 2^15 floating point register are used for the division. In an exception service routine or any other method which is called by such an exception service routine the floating point unit is not available by default. Dividing two longs then causes a floating point unavailable exception. You have to enable floats by using US.ENABLE_FLOATS().

Question: Is there automatic garbage collection?

Yes. Each time a new object is created on the heap, the remaining free heap size is checked and if considered to be to small, an automatic garbage collection is run.

Question: No memory can be allocated.

The heap manager throws a RuntimeException when no free space is left on the heap. A RuntimeException is also thrown if the size of an array exceeds 216 bytes.
faq.txt · Last modified: 2022/11/24 16:30 by ursgraf