[coreboot] Nehalem not booting with two ram sticks

Zoran Stojsavljevic zoran.stojsavljevic at gmail.com
Tue Nov 22 14:06:01 CET 2016

Hello Federico,

I would like to suggest one quick probe: to reprogram your flash with
Nehalem's true BIOS, and see if use case with both DDRAMs' are going to
bring OS (whatever it is, assuming Linux) up. This can give to you two
[1] Both DDRAMs with BIOS work (then you have problem with sort of sync
with Nehalem's `src/northbridge/intel/nehalem/raminit.c` in Coreboot);
[2] Both DDRAMs with BIOS do not work (then problem is most likely NOT with

Then we can go further... My two cent ad-hoc approach! ;-)


On Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 1:35 PM, Federico Amedeo Izzo <
federico.izzo42 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> I have a problem with my ThinkPad X201 (nehalem)
> I have two sticks of Samsung 4GB 2Rx8 PC3-10600S (1333MHz)
> When i use only one of them in one of the two slots, the computer boots
> fine,
> but when i use both of them in the two slots, the computer doesn't boot,
> the screen doens't even turn on.
> I dumped the logs via EHCI but they seem normal, in fact both the
> working combination and the broken one make 34 or so iterations of
> Timings dumping,
> but then the working conf. start booting, while the broken one freezes
> without printing error messages on the EHCI.
> I have tried adding more `printk` calls in
> `src/northbridge/intel/nehalem/raminit.c`
> but ended up in a brick, probably because i slowed down the
> initialization too much.
> I attach three EHCI logs:
> - the first stick in the first slot: working
> - the second stick in the second slot: working
> - both stick inserted: not working
> Also i find difficult to understand the code in `raminit.c` of nehalem
> because it lacks almost completely of comments, with respect to
> raminit.c of sandybridge for example.
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