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Newbie help
« on: April 11, 2012, 04:54:58 pm »
Hi,

Just trying out Elve for the first time.

I'm hoping it will work with a X10 CM12U (I'm in UK) but have an issue - when Elve is invoked I configured the device ACT TI103 as that seems to match the CM12U and it successfully connects to the COM1 port but how do I then shutdown the master/device server so it releases the grip on COM1?  I have another home automation program I currently use and that can no longer grab the COM1 port, says its in use.

The only way I found of getting Elve to release its grip was to use Windows Services and manually shutdown each server - surely there is an option in Elve somewhere to do this?

Thanks!

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Re: Newbie help
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2012, 05:40:52 pm »
I'll take a fling at this until someone more knowledgeable shows up to rescue you.

In Elve Management Studio, go to Devices, then to the Ti103 and uncheck the "Enabled" box, then Save it.  As I remember, that releases it.

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Re: Newbie help
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2012, 10:44:38 pm »
Welcome to the forums.

Only one application can have a serial port open at a time so you would not be able to have multiple applications accessing the serial port concurrently.

Deane is correct, you can disable the Elve device to force Elve to close the port.
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Re: Newbie help
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2012, 05:17:32 am »
Get another CM12U and use it on another comm port for the other program.
I have 3 UPB pims to do the same.
One on the Omni Pro, one on Elve and one on Upstart.

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Re: Newbie help
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2012, 09:01:35 am »
Hi,

Thanks for all the replies, I'll try unchecking the Enabled box against the TI103.

Cheers.

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Re: Newbie help
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2012, 09:28:33 am »
A quicker way to disable an Elve device is to right-click the line item and select Disable.  Unchecking the Enabled checkbox and saving has the same effect.
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2012, 09:50:37 am »
Thanks.

Is there a quick overview/example anywhere of configurations with X10 modules as I'm struggling to get anywhere?

I set up a rule for X10 Command Received for the TI103 but the rule is never running even though I know events are being generated via my MS13E PIRs to the TM13U and onto the powerline then the CM12U to the PC.

I turned on debug for the TI103 and can see communications running for the serial port but it says the TI103 is continually sending "Date:     12/04/2012
Time:     17:49:17
Severity: Debug
Source:   DriverService
Computer: SERVER2
Context Type: Driver
Context Name: X10 ACT TI103 : X10 ACT TI103
Description:
SerialCommunication received 2 bytes. Data: 98 E6
"

I only see 98 and E6 being received, nothing else.

Is this because my CM12U is not supported?

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Re: Newbie help
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2012, 10:12:43 am »
I don't believe that the TI103 and CM12U are compatible devices. Did you find documentation that states otherwise?
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Re: Newbie help
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2012, 10:15:43 am »
No the documentation didn't state otherwise.

I was just hoping that serial communications via a CM12U (CM11) is pretty standard stuff and the TI103 was the equivalent, obviously not.

Looks like I'm stuffed then, never mind.

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Re: Newbie help
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2012, 02:38:25 pm »
Unfortunately device manufacturers often create their own propriety communications formats.
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Re: Newbie help
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2012, 08:32:46 am »
One thing to note, when I uninstalled Elve I notice it has left all the windows firewall exceptions in place - the uninstaller should have removed these.

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Re: Newbie help
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2012, 11:17:03 am »
Yes that is correct. We'll see if we can delete them.
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