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mmc: use really long write timeout to deal with crappy cards

mmc: use really long write timeout to deal with crappy cards

Several people have noticed that crappy SD cards take much longer to
complete multiple block writes than the 300ms that Linux specifies.
Try to work around this by using a three second write timeout instead.

This is a generalized version of a patch from Chase Maupin
<>, whose patch description said:

* With certain SD cards timeouts like the following have been seen
  due to an improper calculation of the dto value:
    mmcblk0: error -110 transferring data, sector 4126233, nr 8,
    card status 0xc00
* By removing the dto calculation and setting the timeout value
  to the maximum specified by the SD card specification part A2
  section 2.2.15 these timeouts can be avoided.
* This change has been used by beagleboard users as well as the
  Texas Instruments SDK without a negative impact.
* There are multiple discussion threads about this but the most
  relevant ones are:
* Original proposal for this fix was done by Sukumar Ghoral of
  Texas Instruments
* Tested using a Texas Instruments AM335x EVM

Signed-off-by: Paul Walmsley <>
Tested-by: Tony Lindgren <>
Signed-off-by: Chris Ball <>
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Paul Walmsley Dom Cobley
Paul Walmsley authored and Dom Cobley committed Mar 12, 2012
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Showing with 7 additions and 3 deletions.
  1. +7 −3 drivers/mmc/core/core.c
@@ -514,10 +514,14 @@ void mmc_set_data_timeout(struct mmc_data *data, const struct mmc_card *card)
if (data->flags & MMC_DATA_WRITE)
- * The limit is really 250 ms, but that is
- * insufficient for some crappy cards.
+ * The MMC spec "It is strongly recommended
+ * for hosts to implement more than 500ms
+ * timeout value even if the card indicates
+ * the 250ms maximum busy length." Even the
+ * previous value of 300ms is known to be
+ * insufficient for some cards.
- limit_us = 300000;
+ limit_us = 3000000;
limit_us = 100000;

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