SLICEWare - Auto-ARM & Auto-Diagnostic Features

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    Nick Cirincione

    I'm using my DTS Slice Micro in Continuous mode with the Auto-Arm feature. In the Settings Tab under Acquire I have Auto Arm Diagnostics Delay=0 and "Auto Arm Diagnostic Setting"=0. I have my channels setup and I run diagnostics in the lab. My sensors all read zero and everything looks good on the Real-time tab. I then go to the Acquire tab and set up for Continuous mode and then hit Auto-Arm.
    I unplug the USB and cycle power. With the settings above I would expect the diagnostics from before to hold. However, I'm finding that the system is running diagnostics when it powers up and auto-arms. Is this expected behavior? Is there a way to make the system hold the diagnostics from right before going to the Acquire tab?

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    Chris Balogh

    Nick,

    What you are seeing is expected behavior for version 00M3 of Base firmware when "Auto Arm Diagnostic Setting"=0. When "Auto Arm Diagnostic Setting"=1 version 00M3 will run an offset removal on every channel.

    There is a newer version of Base firmware, version 00N9, that will run diagnostics during auto-arm based on the settings from the SLICEWare prepare tab. This will occur regardless of the setting of "Auto Arm Diagnostic Setting".

    There is currently no version of firmware that will keep the results from diagnostics run in SLICEWare during auto-arm.

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    Nick Cirincione

    Chris,
    OK that makes sense. Here's where my confusion came from. On the prepare tab under each channel there's the "Zero type". I assumed when I set that to "Use Diagnostics Zero" that when I ran diagnostics on the "Diagnostics" tab, that's where my zero would come from. Then, when I set "Auto Arm Diagnostic Setting"=0, that would keep my zero from being overwritten during an auto arm. It sounds like that's not the case with either firmware.
    Further, I'm not sure which firmware I have and which behavior I should be expecting. I was on the 00M3, but now I have a beta firmware you sent me on Sept 18, 2014 to make Auto-arm persist across power cycles and to make the STS line make more sense when the system was rearming. Were those changes rolled into 00N9?
    In the end, I would like my zeros to persist across power cycles and auto arm. I want to set my zeros in the lab and then have my test rider be able to plug in the system and go. Is there any combination of firmware and settings that would allow that? My problem is that if the zero is set during power up/auto arm and my rider is sitting on the bike, all the zeros will be off because the suspension is compressed. I know I use the Slice system in ways that aren't quite inline with what DTS had imagined and I might be a corner use case. Sorry to be such a pain.

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    Chris Balogh

    Nick,

    I apologize for the confusion. The changes that you requested previously are in 00N9 as well. I need to consider how to achieve what you're after with the persistent diagnostic zero values. Give me some time to think about how to accomplish this. It will mean having a new version of firmware, and possibly a new version of software.

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