A Serial-JIB issue has popped up--one identified by beta-tester donupdyke. With all previous software versions (to include v4.beta Release Candidate 3 "v4RC3") Serial Port jibs worked normally. What broke with v4.0Beta has been fixed with v4.0.3. v4.0.3 will work with ALL jib types. Bravo Don in finding the first bug!! Coffee's on me ;-) Art //
V 4 looks good but there are only a few of us left with the Very old rs232 ports in the world.
The device manager link works now but still not happy with old rs232 usb data flow data shows but no packets good or bad
I learned that if I took a picture with my cell phone of my vmspc 3 screen it made making the 4 look just like the 3 a 5 minute job.
I took my first trip yesterday with V4 software on my new Windows tablet. About 2 hours into the drive the tablet stopped showing updated data. I can see the 550 JIB from the drivers seat, so I could see that all lights were on, but the blue LED was just solid with no blink. When I got pulled over I opened the Communications tab and first looked at the IP address box. It was still showing the correct IP address for my router. I clicked the OK button on the tab and the info on the tablet started displaying active again. So it appears that the software loses the wifi adapter after a period of time and the display stops receiving data. Other than that the only issue I has was the odometers not acting right, but that is probably operator error at this point.
Hello Marty We have a working hypothesis for the dropout you're seeing. It may be related to an auto-reconnect which is somewhat hard-coded. As your Jib has a custom (Infrastructure) address, it may be turning to the stock, AP mode address. This would follow what we discussed this last week. I think a simple "check your identity" sort of line will need to be worked in where the unit begins the connection checking by first determining what is expected (by your prior selection.) Then its in a position to fix it if lost. I don't remember this coming up with the beta draft--where we have that section pretty much nailed down--but for the "Hello [is there anybody out there...]" I suspect there's a check going on--but the program looks to see if the (original) connection of 169.254.0.2 is still made--then makes it if it isn't. ...when it gets around to it... More in the next day or so. Art //
Good deal Art. I had another frustrating day of Wifi dropouts today in a 260 mile drive. When I stopped for lunch, about an hour, when I restarted the motor, the JIB refused to reconnect to the tablet. I tried for about 10 minutes, and nothing was going to make the the JIB talk to the tablet. I gave up and drove on for about a half hour. I pulled into a rest area and re-input the IP address again. This time it started right up. It worked the rest of the way into the RV park, about an hour and a half. I am pulling out in the morning again, another 6 hour drive. I plugged the Bluetooth Android JIB back in, the drop outs make me nuts! Here is to waiting for the fix to make me VMS happy again!
Hey Marty Did I understand or hear correctly that, using the (now boring) v2.5 or v3.x software, the connections remained patent? Just want to make sure we're using the same frame of reference for upcoming v4.x changes. cheers Art //
It seems so Art. All of the latest issues I seem to have, had been when using the 4.0 software. However, I was still having wifi dropouts with the 3.1 software on the windows 10 tablet. But that may have been a symptom of Windows 10 wanting to turn the Wifi connection off after a period of time. For that issue I was having to close and reopen the program to restart the data flow again. With Ver 4.0 when I shut down the program and reopen it, the default IP address is reinserted and then the software won't locate the Silverleaf signal from the 550 JIB. And here is a pie in the sky wish for the v4.xxx software. It would be nice to be able to "supersize" the pop up box when you open the Communication tab under the Advanced heading. Even using my 9" tablet, the box is pretty small when it opens and the buttons even smaller. Being able to set the size bigger by default would make using the buttons way easier. Marty
I'll put this on the list--and ask Josh about the possibility. Again, a great suggestion and the reason for early releases--warts and all. On the surface, it seems pretty doable if enlarging the boxes is a global setting. I'll add that to the list for discussion--that along with ECM Diagnostic clock vs. ECM [standard] clock. Thanks Marty! Art //