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PostSubject: pc lap counter 5.04 detection hang up   23/2/2010, 19:49

Hi there,

since a couple of months I use the PC Lap Counter, latest version, with the Phitget interface set from Main Line Hobbies. It runs nearly perfect.
Sometimes Iíve a problem with the program hang up after using the panic button.

After using the button (becaus of a crash) there is no detection of the cars till the end of segment, it's possible to stop and pause, only the race and segment time ran. In the message board there is no message. After restart of pc lap counter it works till next time view days or weeks later! But there will be always the fear of not working right in an important race!

I've got the impression that this happens always when start more than one race in row!

Iím using windows xp, a light bridge from DS, your PC Lap Counter 5.04 and the Phidget interface from main line hobbies.
I hope you can help.

Is it possible that an old hardware like the laptop causes the crash? To check this, is it possible to transfer the licence key to another more modern laptop?

Thank you
Claus
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PostSubject: Re: pc lap counter 5.04 detection hang up   23/2/2010, 22:22

In the Pc Lap Counter folder there is a file named "error.log", can you send me that file so i can check it.
You can transfer the license, more information here:
http://www.pclapcounter.be/license.html
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PostSubject: error.log file   24/2/2010, 15:31

Hi Guy,
I've sent You the error.log on info@pclapcounter.be!

Thank you for your help
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PostSubject: Re: pc lap counter 5.04 detection hang up   24/2/2010, 22:04

I check the error log file , all errors are linked to the phidget interface and specialy when Pc Lap Counter send command to the phidget interface to lights up the starting lights but...all these errors was for year 2009, no errors for 2010.
Regarding the errors it's like sometime and for a unknowed reason the phidget interface didn't answer to the commands send by Pc Lap Counter and this generate a error and can hang up PCLC.
I think it could be linked to the computer but i'am not sure, so if you can test it on another computer it will help me.
On my side i will modify Pc Lap Counter to catch the error and maybe this will avoid the hang up of Pc Lap Counter, i say "maybe" because it could be a problem in the phidget library itself and if it's the case then i will have to integrate the latest phidget library in Pc Lap Counter but before i prefer to wait for your test on another computer.
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PostSubject: Re: pc lap counter 5.04 detection hang up   26/2/2010, 22:59

Hi Claus,

I improved the error handling during the status updates of the digital output of a Phidget interface.
You can download the pre-release version here
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PostSubject: Re: pc lap counter 5.04 detection hang up   27/2/2010, 00:17

Hi Guy,
thank you very much! Since wednesday we teste two new laptops and also the old one. We had about 8 races with 8 drivers on two lanes, but there wasn't a error or hang up, the system run perfect!
I interrogated all drivers about the last race with the error. When the hang up happened, three drivers with cellular phones were arround the detection area! Do you think this could affect the lap counter?
I will keep you up with teh next tests!

Thank you very much for your help, it's a great support!

regards
Claus
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PostSubject: hang up   4/3/2010, 11:24

Hi Guy,
yesterday we were racing again. no cell phones allowed near by the raceway. Two times, 9 drivers, 6 minutes each lane. The first heat it ran perfect, but in the second heat, there was a hang up again ... BUT there was no panic button before ... in the fifth segment suddenly after 5.30 minutes the laps weren't counted affraid and the time still ran on pc lap counter. Only the car detection hang up! In the message board was no new message. I check the error.log, but there wasn't a new information since I sent you the file! Sorry!

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PostSubject: Re: pc lap counter 5.04 detection hang up   4/3/2010, 19:07

Hi Claus,

I suppose you used the pre-release of version 5.04c (with the improve for Phidget interface), correct ?
Did you used the old laptop ?

Regarding your explanation Pc Lap Counter still continue to work but it "just" stop to count laps (i mean you can access
the menu bar, click on all enabled button, etc without problem...but PCLC stop counting laps).

I don't think the problem come from Pc Lap Counter itself, i think the problem come from the PC or the Phidget interface but to be sure i need feedback from other users:
is there anybody else here who use Pc Lap Counter version 5.04 or 5.04c with a phidget interface 0/16/16 and 0/0/4 (Main Line Hobbies package) ?

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PostSubject: Re: pc lap counter 5.04 detection hang up   4/3/2010, 20:59

Hi Guy,
thank you for answering! You're right, I used the pre-release of version 5.04 with the old laptop, because the new one gave me always an error message at the end of a race, that he couldn't find a file. I think it have to do with the settings and database. I will install pclc for new and copy the ini-files and tell you then.

The old laptop works with an power-supplied usb-hub; on the hub there is connected an external harddisk, and both interface cards.
It's right You can control the pc lap counter without problems by clicking the buttons with the cursor or keyboard, the time runs correctly.
BUT: It's impossible to control the pc lap counter from the external buttons (panic button, restart button and power on/power off buttons) which were wired with the phidget interface cards.
I think too the problem come from the connection Phidget interface to PC!
The real cause might be a short lack of the power supply of the hub?

After closing the pc lap counter and restarting it, all runs perfect for an uncertain time!

Next time I try the other lap top with integrated usb-ports!

So far, thank you! I will keep you up with the problem

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PostSubject: Re: pc lap counter 5.04 detection hang up   4/3/2010, 23:06

clauvet wrote:

The old laptop works with an power-supplied usb-hub; on the hub there is connected an external harddisk, and both interface cards.
The real cause might be a short lack of the power supply of the hub?
I think you put your finger on the solution, probably the usb-hub is the problem Wink
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PostSubject: Re: pc lap counter 5.04 detection hang up   29/3/2010, 08:33

guy wrote:

is there anybody else here who use Pc Lap Counter version 5.04 or 5.04c with a phidget interface 0/16/16 and 0/0/4 (Main Line Hobbies package) ?

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Oooops!, I am here, long time since I entered to the forum, vacations and other stuff keep me out of the track for some months, but I have a Main Line Hobbies package, and I dounloaded 5.04c today.
I race a little with my son, and I had no problems, but let me know if you want me to test something in particular.
I tried 5.04c today, but just some laps, not finishing any race and no segments, etc.
But, if you need that I test some configuration, or race preset, or something, let me know.

regards. Eduardo.
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PostSubject: pc lap counter 5.04 detection hang up !!!solved!!!   18/10/2010, 20:35

Hi Guy, hi at all there,
after countless heats, races and race series, allways using a laptop with enough integrated usb-ports (without using a usb-hub) there was not even any hang up! The system run perfect! So the real cause was definitely (a short lack of the power supply of ) the hub?

Thanks at all for helping

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PostSubject: Re: pc lap counter 5.04 detection hang up   19/10/2010, 14:16

For sure if it's working without the usb-hub then the cause is the usb-hub cheers
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