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STM32F4 Discovery - can't flash-program device

Question asked by Pac-Man on Dec 17, 2014
Latest reply on Dec 25, 2014 by Pac-Man

(Note: I'm experienced with flash-programming microcontrollers from other vendors, but this is my first go with STM)

I have a STM32F4 Discovery board (with a STM32F407VGT6 fitted).
I use GCC-4.8.3 with OpenOCD-0.9.0.
So far, I've gotten the drivers to build with no errors and warnings (I had to modify them and clean the code).
But when it comes to flash-programming, I had some problems where I got a 'write-protected' error from OpenOCD. After messing around with it, I found out that I should remove 'unlock' and 'erase' from this line...

flash write_image erase unlock file_to_flash.elf it becomes ...

flash write_image file_to_flash.elf

...and it seems that OpenOCD sends the data to the microcontroller.-But where do the data end up ?
The LED-animation stops (expected after a RESET / HALT), but my program does not seem to start.
In OpenOCD, I can do a ...

mdw 0x20000000 32

...and a...

mdw 0x10000000 32

...but both...

mdw 0x00000000


mdw 0x08000000

fails with the message:

in procedure 'mdw'

-Nothing else. This suggests that OpenOCD had some kind of (read) access-error, and could not read the data from the Flash memory.
All that said, This is the output I get from OpenOCD:

Open On-Chip Debugger 0.9.0-dev-00101-gb15a0ee (2014-11-27-08:50)

Licensed under GNU GPL v2

For bug reports, read


### Flashing/Board/stm32f4.cfg

Info : The selected transport took over low-level target control. The results might differ compared to plain JTAG/SWD

adapter speed: 1000 kHz

adapter_nsrst_delay: 100


#0 : stm32f4x.flash (stm32f2x) at 0x00000000, size 0x00000000, buswidth 0, chipwidth 0



Info : clock speed 1000 kHz

Info : STLINK v2 JTAG v14 API v2 SWIM v0 VID 0x0483 PID 0x3748

Info : using stlink api v2

Info : Target voltage: 2.893577

Info : stm32f4x.cpu: hardware has 6 breakpoints, 4 watchpoints

target state: halted

target halted due to debug-request, current mode: Thread 

xPSR: 0x01000000 pc: 0xfffffffe msp: 0xfffffffc

Info : stm32f4x errata detected - fixing incorrect MCU_IDCODE

Info : device id = 0x10006413

Warn : STM32 flash size failed, probe inaccurate - assuming 1024k flash

Info : flash size = 1024kbytes

wrote 1020 bytes from file output/STM-test8.elf in 0.162985s (6.112 KiB/s)

shutdown command invoked

-I suspect that the file I sent was only transferred to the STM32F4's RAM (although my disassembly clearly indicates that the code should go to 0x08000000, which I understand is where the Flash-memory is located)