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Thread: WL-HDD sdram from 16 to 32MB

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    Smile WL-HDD sdram from 16 to 32MB

    This mod will increase the built in memory from 16MB to 32MB, just to be able run more services on the router, etc. Beware, that this mod requires real strong soldering skills! And usual disclaimer: keep in mind that you do it on
    your own risk, its very easy to brick the router completely.

    What do you need to perform this mod?
    • ong soldering skills and some equipment
    • A TSOP86-II packaged SDRAM chip organized as 8Mx32. e.g. IS42S32800B-7TL

    There is no easy way to get those chips (and perhaps not cheap), so search the web for the parts (e.g., etc.).

    Doing it
    • Disassemble your router now and locate U1 sdram

    • I don’t have a appropriate tool to remove U1 sdram without destroying pads or traces on the board. So cutting the pins cautious off is just the way.

    • Move the chip back and forth to bend the chip off the pins.

    • Remove the pins and clean the pads on the board with your solder. use some “no-clean flux” after that on the pads and coat it with tin.

    • Now place the chip carefully on the pads and soldering the pins to it. Check finally for shortcuts!!!

    Now you have to let the router boot and do
    nvram set sdram_init=0x0C19
    nvram commit
    and you’re done with 32MB!

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    Now you have to boot the router and do

    nvram set sdram_init=0x0C19
    nvram commit
    and you’re done

    PMON version 5.3.22 [EL], LSI LOGIC Corp. and Broadcom Corp.
     Compiled on Thu Sep 23 15:53:24 2004
    CPU type 4710.CPU clock frequency 125 MHz.Avail RAM 32768 KBytes.
    NVRAM: MX29LV320T 2Mx16 TopB.
    Visit for updates.
    ~Rescue Flag disable.
    Downloading os image in 3 seconds
    Using specified MAC address.
    et0: Broadcom BCM47xx 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Controller
    rtl bug fix linkup!!
    MAC Address: 00:11:c8:a7:eb:c7
    Opened ethernet
    Downloading from ethernet, ^C to abort
    Downloading image time out
    Boot os from the flash
    CRC OK
    Doing command call 80001000
    Linux version (ax@tix) (gcc version 4.1.2) #1 Tue May 6 10:38:53 CEST 2008
    CPU revision is: 00024000
    registering PCI controller with io_map_base unset
    registering PCI controller with io_map_base unset
    Determined physical RAM map:
     memory: 02000000 @ 00000000 (usable)
    Initrd not found or empty - disabling initrd
    Built 1 zonelists.  Total pages: 8128
    Kernel command line: root=/dev/mtdblock2 rootfstype=squashfs,jffs2 init=/etc/preinit noinitrd console=ttyS0,115200
    Enabling BCM4710A0 cache workarounds.
    Primary instruction cache 8kB, physically tagged, 2-way, linesize 16 bytes.
    Primary data cache 4kB, 2-way, linesize 16 bytes.
    Synthesized TLB refill handler (20 instructions).
    Synthesized TLB load handler fastpath (31 instructions).
    Synthesized TLB store handler fastpath (31 instructions).
    Synthesized TLB modify handler fastpath (30 instructions).
    PID hash table entries: 128 (order: 7, 512 bytes)
    Using 62.400 MHz high precision timer.
    Dentry cache hash table entries: 4096 (order: 2, 16384 bytes)
    Inode-cache hash table entries: 2048 (order: 1, 8192 bytes)
    Memory: 29972k/32768k available (1957k kernel code, 2796k reserved, 279k data, 120k init, 0k highmem)
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  3. #3

    Some questions...

    Quote Originally Posted by b.sandman View Post
    Kleines Tutorial von mir zu dem Thema WL-HDD und Ram!
    Viel Vergnügen!
    Hi there,

    you did a really great job with that!

    As i saw your little tutorial, i decided to pimp my WL-HDD too .
    Actually i found a MT48LC8M32B2P-6 from Micron in my Shack which should do the job. A bit faster, but i think that should not be amiss. Or are there other opinions? Do i have to consider any specials choosing the SDRAM?

    One thing is a bit mysterious for me, the "nvram set sdram_..." command(s). I searched the forum for a more detailed explanation of what happens with the different parameters, but i couldn't find. Maybe someone can explain what it means, when my WL-HDD shows:
    And especially what happens if i change one of these parameters.
    Will that "nvram set sdram_init=0x0C19" will work for my new SDRAM too or do i have to change even a bit more?

    Some hints about that would be really great.
    Thanks in advance.

    Regards, Thorsten

  4. #4

    Succesfully added more RAM to my WL-HDD...

    Hi there,

    i succesfully upgraded my WL-HDD and have now 32MB of RAM activated.
    The MT48LC8M32B2P-6 from Micron seems to work very well. memtest reports no errors and the systems is running perfectly. Actually i only changed "sdram_init" from 0x0419 to 0x0C19.

    Regards, Thorsten

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