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Timer 5 never counts from zero

Question asked by ro.dru on Nov 16, 2013
Latest reply on Nov 16, 2013 by ro.dru
#define SYS_CLK 24000000    /* in this example we use SPEED_HIGH = 24 MHz */ 
#define DELAY_TIM_FREQUENCY 1000000 /* = 1MHZ -> timer runs in microseconds */

/* Enable timer clock  - use TIMER5 */
 RCC_APB1PeriphClockCmd(RCC_APB1Periph_TIM5, ENABLE);
 /* Time base configuration */
 TIM_TimeBaseInitTypeDef TIM_TimeBaseStructure;
 TIM_TimeBaseStructure.TIM_Prescaler = (SYS_CLK / DELAY_TIM_FREQUENCY) - 1;
 TIM_TimeBaseStructure.TIM_Period = UINT16_MAX; 
 TIM_TimeBaseStructure.TIM_ClockDivision = 0;
 TIM_TimeBaseStructure.TIM_CounterMode = TIM_CounterMode_Up;
 TIM_TimeBaseInit(TIM5, &TIM_TimeBaseStructure);
/* Enable counter */

I used the above code and the timer never counts above zero.  I dug around some posts and saw some others had trouble because they didn't enable the clock, but I did include that line.

I thought that with the pre-scaler set that it will be counting up in microseconds so the period should be 1 and tried 1 instead of UINT16_MAX but that had no effect, count is always 0.

So after reading other posts, the documentation and trying to modify some of the setup values I still can't get this timer to count.

Does the use of systick or USART somehow disable the use of TIM5?  I could not find anything that says this is true but unless there is something I missed in the code above I don't know what else to try.

The board is a STM32VL Discovery, in case that matters