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Is it possible to USART6 to receive what itself has sent?

Question asked by ashraf.salahuddin on Apr 8, 2014
Latest reply on Apr 8, 2014 by ashraf.salahuddin
Hi guys, 
I'm working on STM32F4-Discovery with KEIL uVision 4
I'm trying to write a code to send a character using USART6 and then I'm trying to receive this same sent character on USART6 too
so I've short circuited PC6 with PC7 and wrote and burn this code
// STM32 USART6 (Tx PC.6, Rx PC.7) STM32F4DIS-BB -
#include "stm32f4_discovery.h"

//functions prototypes
int SendChar(int ch);               
int GetChar(void);

void RCC_Configuration(void)
  /* --------------------------- System Clocks Configuration -----------------
      * enables clocks for USART6 and GPIOC
  /* USART6 clock enable */
  RCC_APB2PeriphClockCmd(RCC_APB2Periph_USART6, ENABLE);
  /* GPIOC clock enable */
  RCC_AHB1PeriphClockCmd(RCC_AHB1Periph_GPIOC, ENABLE);
void GPIO_Configuration(void)
     /*This function configure GPIOC
      - pin 6       --> USART6_TX
      - pin 7       --> USART6_RX
      - GPIO mode   --> alternate function (to use USART)
      - output type --> push pull
      - input type  --> no pull up nor pull down
      - input speed --> 2 MHz
  GPIO_InitTypeDef GPIO_InitStructure;
  /*-------------------------- GPIO Configuration ----------------------------*/
  GPIO_InitStructure.GPIO_Pin = GPIO_Pin_6 | GPIO_Pin_7; // PC.6 USART6_TX, PC.7 USART6_RX
  GPIO_InitStructure.GPIO_Mode = GPIO_Mode_AF;
  GPIO_InitStructure.GPIO_OType = GPIO_OType_PP;
  GPIO_InitStructure.GPIO_PuPd = GPIO_PuPd_NOPULL;
  GPIO_InitStructure.GPIO_Speed = GPIO_Speed_2MHz;
  GPIO_Init(GPIOC, &GPIO_InitStructure);
  /* Connect USART pins to AF */

void USART6_Configuration(void)
    USART_InitTypeDef USART_InitStructure;
  /* USARTx configuration ------------------------------------------------------*/
  /* USARTx configured as follow:
        - BaudRate = 115200 baud
        - Word Length = 8 Bits
        - One Stop Bit
        - No parity
        - Hardware flow control disabled (RTS and CTS signals)
        - Receive and transmit enabled
  USART_InitStructure.USART_BaudRate = 115200;
  USART_InitStructure.USART_WordLength = USART_WordLength_8b;
  USART_InitStructure.USART_StopBits = USART_StopBits_1;
  USART_InitStructure.USART_Parity = USART_Parity_No;
  USART_InitStructure.USART_HardwareFlowControl = USART_HardwareFlowControl_None;
  USART_InitStructure.USART_Mode = USART_Mode_Rx | USART_Mode_Tx;
  USART_Init(USART6, &USART_InitStructure);
int main(void)

  RCC_Configuration();               /*Configure the Clock*/

  GPIO_Configuration();               /*Configure GPIO*/
  USART6_Configuration();       /*Configure USART6*/
  while(1) // Don't want to exit
    uint16_t data = 0;                         /*A 16-bit variable to hold the received data*/
          /*Send data*/
    data = SendChar(1);   //send
          /*Receive sent data*/
          data = 0;
          data = GetChar();               //receive
int SendChar(int ch)
     /*This function checks if DR is empty, indicating that the previous sent data is sent, with checking <TXE> bit
      *if so, it puts the data want to be sent in DR to send it.
     while(!( USART6->SR & USART_FLAG_TXE))
     /*wait for data register to be empty, indicating that the privious data has been sent*/

     USART6->DR = (ch & 0xFF);                  //put the data you want to send in data register

return (ch);                                          //return the data sent

int GetChar(void)
     /*This function checks if data is recceived or not with checking <RXNE> bit.
      *if so, it get this data received and return it
     while(!(USART6->SR & USART_FLAG_RXNE))
     /*wait until data register is not empty, indicating that there is data received*/

return ((int)(USART6->DR & 0xFF));   //return the received data 

  * @brief  Reports the name of the source file and the source line number
  *         where the assert_param error has occurred.
  * @param  file: pointer to the source file name
  * @param  line: assert_param error line source number
  * @retval None
void assert_failed(uint8_t* file, uint32_t line)
  /* User can add his own implementation to report the file name and line number,
     ex: printf("Wrong parameters value: file %s on line %d\r\n", file, line) */
  while (1)

Now I began debugging this code and it sent the character OK and TC flag was set, but RXNE wasn't set so it paused waiting RXNE to be set.

Now why RXNE wasn't set although it's supposed that it received a character?
I hope my question is clear