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explojr
09-29-2009, 08:12 PM
Hello, This is my first time posting, so excuse me if I get it wrong. Trying to put together a phoenix hexapod kit. I have everything working properly up until trying to connect the SSC-32 board to Lynxterminal. Get a green light on the SSC-32 board, Lynxterminal says connected and displays VOP118OS5000. I try to type "ver" but comes out vveerr. Anybody know what is going wrong??

Thanks
explOjr

Adrenalynn
09-29-2009, 08:18 PM
Believe it or not - that should still work.

What you're seeing is called "local echo" and you should be able to turn local echo off in the terminal.

Welcome to the forum!

explojr
09-29-2009, 08:38 PM
Thanks! Pehaps I am in more of a pickle than I thought. The "vveerr" command doesnt return a firmware version.

Adrenalynn
09-29-2009, 08:40 PM
And you send it a carriage return afterwards?

You checked to make sure that your baudrate matches?

Did you turn off local echo and try it?

I removed your second thread, one's good enough. ;)

explojr
09-29-2009, 08:41 PM
Thanks.. again. I will try those things

Adrenalynn
09-29-2009, 08:45 PM
No problem! Let us know how it goes.

explojr
10-02-2009, 10:52 PM
Ok, I turned off the echo prolem. The SSC-32 board has a green light. Connected to my computer (used a UC232R-10 serial adapter cable recommended by Lynxterm site). I tried matching the baud rates at 9600 and 115200, data 8, parity none, stop bits 1, no flow control. Lynxterm says connected, shows a green light, displays #OP118OS5000. I type ver hit enter (or carriage return) no echo, but no response. If I push the Reg button it says "can't find SCC-32 card". Any suggestions?

Adrenalynn
10-03-2009, 01:48 AM
are you selecting the right com port?

explojr
10-03-2009, 07:06 AM
The ports match up. They are both set to port com 6.

Adrenalynn
10-03-2009, 11:52 AM
What do you mean "both to com 6" ? The SSC32 only has a single uart..

explojr
10-03-2009, 12:38 PM
Oh, sorry I wasnt clear. Since I am using this USB adapter UC232R-10. I meant that I checked in the control panel of my computer to see where the USB adapter was installed. The computer reads the adapter as installed in Com port 6. Also the Lynxterm is set to com port 6. Is there some sort of trouble shooting information for connecting a computer to one of these boards?

explojr
10-03-2009, 12:57 PM
Oh, Sorry I wasnt clear. Since I am using this UC232R-10 USB adapter I checked the computers control panel. The USB was installed on COM port 6. Also the Lynxterm is set to Com port 6. Is there some kind of troubleshooting information for connecting to this board?

Adrenalynn
10-03-2009, 01:00 PM
Is your serial cable straight through (or are you connecting directly to your USB dongle?)

I think I've been forced to us a usb/rs232 dongle maybe twice in my life. I avoid it like the plague.

When you send a command to the SSC32 does the led on the board go out?

explojr
10-03-2009, 01:07 PM
Yes, I have this dongle. This is the one Lynxterm recommends too. When I send the "ver" nothing happens, the light stays on. Is there another USB connecter that connects straight through?

Adrenalynn
10-03-2009, 01:55 PM
Naw, it's an RS232 and TTL-level device, not a USB device. I just don't use USB dongles, I use real UART cards...

If you take a piece of solid wire and jump pins 2 and 3 on the serial port connector (db9) on the usb dongle itself, then type something in the terminal, do you see it echo'd back? [Testing the functionality of your dongle here]

explojr
10-03-2009, 02:37 PM
Ok interesting..

Adrenalynn
10-03-2009, 02:41 PM
You can actually buy a device to do just that. It's called a "loopback plug". And all it really does is tie transmit and receive together (pins 2 and 3)

explojr
10-03-2009, 02:55 PM
Ok so I uploaded some pictures.

1) Tried jumpering pins 2 and 3 to dongle (picture 1) . No response. Lynxterm would not recieve any input from keyboard.

2) With dongle and serial port connecter (picture 2). Lynxterm displays #OP1180S5000 and will accept keyboard input "ver".

Still no response to this command

explojr
10-03-2009, 02:56 PM
Ok so I uploaded some pictures.

1) Tried jumpering pins 2 and 3 to dongle (picture 1) . No response. Lynxterm would not recieve any input from keyboard.

2) With dongle and serial port connecter (picture 2). Lynxterm displays #OP1180S5000 and will accept keyboard input "ver"(pic3).

Still no response to this command

Adrenalynn
10-03-2009, 03:39 PM
Sorry - I actually meant jump pin 2 from the dongle to pin 3 on the dongle. Looping transmit to receive. Then anything you type in the terminal should be echo'd. In that case, the SSC32 isn't even involved - we're testing the dongle.

explojr
10-03-2009, 03:57 PM
Ah, very good! Ok I tried that. Its the same as if I connect it to the serial point connecter. I get #OP118OS5000 then I type "ver" (enter) no response (of course). So where is the problem? In the dongle?

Adrenalynn
10-03-2009, 04:10 PM
So you type v and you don't see vv? That sounds like a dongle issue.

explojr
10-03-2009, 09:58 PM
Thanks for all the help Adrenalynn, After trying all this again on another computer (running xp) I am now looking at ebay - and a computer with a native RS232 serial port.

Adrenalynn
10-03-2009, 11:56 PM
Oh wait - you don't have to do that!
Serial port cards abound! Let me know if you want help finding one.

explojr
10-09-2009, 11:47 PM
Thanks Adrenalynn, Installing a serial port didn't seem like a good option, as I need this computer (a laptop) for work.. modifying it might be troublesome.

So I found a IBM Thinkpad on ebay. Just arrived, so I probably shouldn't be messing with it so late - but I had to try. Guess what direct connection to the serial port - and same problem. I get #OP810S5000 on the Lynxterm
(Port is Com3 the only active one, Baud Rate 9600, Data bits 8, Stop Bits 1, Parity none, Flow control none)
Type "ver" still nothing.. Push "Reg" button says "Can't find SSC-32 card"
Is there anything else I could be missing???

Thanks

Adrenalynn
10-09-2009, 11:59 PM
What are the specific jumper settings on your card - can you take a photo of them?

The green light comes on. When you send it a ver command - does the green light go out? Have you tried another terminal program (like RealTerm) yet?

explojr
10-10-2009, 10:03 PM
question 1) "What are the specific jumper settings on your card - can you take a photo of them?"

Ok I took pictures but the COM port pins are not labeled.

question 2)"The green light comes on. When you send it a ver command - does the green light go out? Have you tried another terminal program (like RealTerm) yet?"

The green light never goes out.

I downloaded Real Term Serial Capture Program 2.0.0.57 . It looks like a more powerful program (if a bit more complicated) But Im not sure how to use it.

As you can see the connection is to COM port 4.

I photographed everything I can think of. What else could I try?

Thanks

Adrenalynn
10-10-2009, 10:19 PM
Your SSC32 appears to be set for 115kbaud, not 9600. 9600 is first jumper off, second jumper on, as per the documentation and the silk-screen on the board. No jumpers (00) = 2400bps, 01 (first off, second on) = 9600, 10 (first on, second off) = 38.4kbps, 11 or both on = 115.2kbps.

Your terminal is set for 9600.

Remove the first jumper (just leave it over one pin) and I bet things start working...

gdubb2
10-10-2009, 10:27 PM
The cable may be a null-modem too, needs to be a straight through.

Gary

explojr
10-10-2009, 11:01 PM
Ok. Progress!! The green light went out. Now will not accept any "ver" input however the register button works! The H2 seq button works! Firmware Button Works!

jes1510
10-10-2009, 11:07 PM
What did you do to make it work?

explojr
10-10-2009, 11:08 PM
BUT!! I just plugged it back into my other laptop - with the dongle and It works - I got a SSC32-V2.03XE

explojr
10-10-2009, 11:09 PM
My first jumper, like Adrenlynn said had to be removed.

Adrenalynn
10-11-2009, 01:43 AM
Woohoo! Finally eh? :)