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    Question Generic Serial Port DLL, update to support 115.2K baud and more channels

    I have created some RGB lights which are serially controlled (RS232). I would like to have Vixen updated to support the higher baud rate and more serial channels. It seems to be an oversight that it only supports baud rates to 56K

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    http://youtu.be/D2taeb2smkM

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    Default Re: Generic Serial Port DLL, update to support 115.2K baud and more channels

    Hi There, I have run at 115.2 baud for the last two years on Vixen 2.1x, the only change was to the Reynard 64XC Pic programming, nothing at all for "Vixen" it self. I am also running two serial ports as well this year and you should have the ability run as many as you can attach. A little more digging into the settings may be required.

    Terry
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    Default Re: Generic Serial Port DLL, update to support 115.2K baud and more channels

    Quote Originally Posted by T.D.Sutton View Post
    Hi There, I have run at 115.2 baud for the last two years on Vixen 2.1x, the only change was to the Reynard 64XC Pic programming, nothing at all for "Vixen" it self. I am also running two serial ports as well this year and you should have the ability run as many as you can attach. A little more digging into the settings may be required.

    Terry

    He's talking about the Generic Serial Driver not the Renard Dimmer (Modified).

    OP, Should be an easy change, I'll see what I can do tomorrow. As for running more than one, you can, just copy the plugin over more than once and configure each with the appropriate com port and select the channels that each copy of the plugin controls.

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    Default Re: Generic Serial Port DLL, update to support 115.2K baud and more channels

    Sorry John, My mistake :-(

    Cheers,

    Terry
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    [B]2013 - "Honourable Mention"[/B] - 2013 Local Christmas Lighting Competition
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    [B]"Supreme Winner for 2010" [/B]Local Christmas Lighting Competition, 4 x Ren 64's - 256 Channels Controlled by Vixen - "Brilliant" :-)
    18,000 to 20,000 Lights - all incandescents! 2 x LedTricks Panels with "Pix C" interface's
    [B]2009:- [/B]128 Channels of "Hill 320", 4,000 Lights

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    Default Re: Generic Serial Port DLL, update to support 115.2K baud and more channels

    Quote Originally Posted by T.D.Sutton View Post
    Sorry John, My mistake :-(

    Cheers,

    Terry
    Terry, my apologies, I sounded rude. That was not my intention Should not be posting so late.

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    Default Re: Generic Serial Port DLL, update to support 115.2K baud and more channels

    Quote Originally Posted by ronp5683 View Post
    I have created some RGB lights which are serially controlled (RS232). I would like to have Vixen updated to support the higher baud rate and more serial channels. It seems to be an oversight that it only supports baud rates to 56K

    Thanks

    http://youtu.be/D2taeb2smkM

    You can manually edit the .pro profile file found in the profile folder find the generic serial plugin in the xml and edit the <Baud> tag - you can't do this through the UI, but the XML file will be okay and the code will accept it. I'll see if I can add it to the UI, but the code barfed on me tonight when I tried to make a quick change. We shall see.

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    Default Re: Generic Serial Port DLL, update to support 115.2K baud and more channels

    Hi John, no offence taken at all, I replied without sufficient comprehension initially :-(

    Have a great day,

    Cheers,

    Terry :-)

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    Default Re: Generic Serial Port DLL, update to support 115.2K baud and more channels

    Here is the new version of the Generic Serial DLL with 115,200 support. This is for Vixen 2.1 only (I will work on getting the 2.5 version out tonight, but I don't have my good development machine with me at the moment.)

    Download the .zip attachment, backup the original GenericSerial.dll (in the Plugins\Output folder) and replace it with what is in the zip file.

    -- John
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    Default Re: Generic Serial Port DLL, update to support 115.2K baud and more channels

    Here is the version for Vixen 2.5
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    Default Re: Generic Serial Port DLL, update to support 115.2K baud and more channels

    Thanks you guys are awesome. Updated software in one day!!!

    I am a EE with a lot of experience with hardware and FPGA's, and I would like to contribute. I imagine as the channel count goes up for RGB lighting that eventually the computer will have a hard time driving all of the lights (my experience with video and windows is not real time). You could solve this by moving the actually sequencing to hardware. Also, I will be searching the forum for how to best sequence RGB lighting. I have individually addressable lights, and I have been using a sequencer in the FPGA with cheesy ASCII interpreter (register for counter/delays) to minimize the sequences.

    Thanks again.

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