I have an MP3 development board I picked up from sparkfun that runs off the LPC2148 ARM processor. In looking through the code, I see a function to force a watchdog reset. My question is, how do you figure out what values to feed to the watchdog register? I looked through the LPC2148 data sheet and couldn't figure it out. I don't just want to use other people's code, I want to understand why they did what they did and how they figured out what to do.
It sounds like you're trying to force a watchdog reset, not keep the watchdog from resetting you. This is accomplished by a misfeed: feeding the watchdog 0xaa followed by a value OTHER than 0x55. Example:
WDFEED = 0xAA; /* Correct feed... */ WDFEED = 0x00; /* ... Oops, insta-reset! */