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STM32L152RE NUCLEO board Uart problem

Question asked by at_work.tom on Mar 30, 2015
Latest reply on Apr 1, 2015 by at_work.tom
Hello All,

I'm a hobbyst, and recently bought a Nucleo evalboard with STM32L152RE  MCU for experimenting the Cortec MCU from ST. I use the free/demo dev environment from keil(MDK V5).I also use the STMCUBE HAL library from ST. 
Here is the first question:
Is the Cube a mature lib? is it widespread enough? will keil officially support it?

After some very basic trial I wanted to try a uart funcionality of the nucleo board.

here is the (relevant) content of the stm32l15xx_hal.msp.c
void HAL_UART_MspInit(UART_HandleTypeDef *huart){
    GPIO_InitTypeDef gInit;
    gInit.Pin = GPIO_PIN_6 | GPIO_PIN_7;   
    gInit.Mode = GPIO_MODE_AF_PP;
    gInit.Pull = GPIO_NOPULL;
    gInit.Speed = GPIO_SPEED_LOW;
    gInit.Alternate = GPIO_AF7_USART1;
here is the (relevant) content of the main.c
  uHandle.Instance = USART1; 
  uHandle.Init.BaudRate = 9600;
  uHandle.Init.WordLength = UART_WORDLENGTH_8B;
  uHandle.Init.StopBits = UART_STOPBITS_1;
  uHandle.Init.Parity = UART_PARITY_NONE;
  uHandle.Init.Mode = UART_MODE_TX;
  uHandle.Init.HwFlowCtl = UART_HWCONTROL_NONE;
  uHandle.Init.OverSampling = UART_OVERSAMPLING_16;
  if(HAL_UART_Init(&uHandle) != HAL_OK) Error_Handler();
/* Infinite loop */
while (1)
  HAL_UART_Transmit(&uHandle, txBuffer, sizeof(txBuffer), 1000);

I started a putty with same config and wait for the infinite datastream from my nucleo but I got nothing. when I try some snipetts from those work fine, so the hardware drivers and any other thing than my program are set up properly. I spent days to get it work without success. so any help is appreciated.

last question :) when I debug the application with keil V5 the debug system offers only two virtual registers, where are the rest?

Thank you for your support,