AMX AVS-PL-0808-00P

AMX AVS-PL-0808-00P
Instruction Manual
Precis DSP
Distribution Matrix
AutoPatch Matrix Switchers
Release: 7/06/2009
Firmware: v1.2.0
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Contents
Contents
ESD Warning .......................................................................................................1
Important Safety Information & Instructions .......................................................2
Information et directives de sécurité importantes...............................................3
Notices ................................................................................................................4
Overview & Specifications ...................................................................................7
Product Notes ......................................................................................................................... 7
Enclosure Hardware ................................................................................................................ 8
Precis DSP Specifications......................................................................................................... 9
Configuration & Control ........................................................................................................ 10
Installation & Setup ...........................................................................................11
Site Recommendations .......................................................................................................... 11
General Hazard Precautions .................................................................................................. 11
Unpacking.............................................................................................................................. 12
Rack Installation..................................................................................................................... 13
Attaching Inputs & Outputs................................................................................................... 15
Applying Power ..................................................................................................................... 16
Attaching an External Controller ........................................................................................... 17
Installing APGraphic EQ Software ......................................................................................... 18
Executing a Test Switch Using APGraphic EQ ....................................................................... 19
Technical Support.................................................................................................................. 20
Fine-Tuning with APGraphic EQ ........................................................................21
APGraphic EQ Views ............................................................................................................. 21
Executing Switches................................................................................................................ 22
Adjusting Volume .................................................................................................................. 22
Adjusting Digital Input Gain .................................................................................................. 23
Adjusting Equalization Bands & Balance ............................................................................... 24
Adjusting Tone ...................................................................................................................... 25
Controlling the System ......................................................................................27
AMX Control Devices ............................................................................................................ 27
APControl 3.0 ........................................................................................................................ 27
APWeb .................................................................................................................................. 28
APGraphic EQ ....................................................................................................................... 28
BCS Commands ..................................................................................................................... 30
Appendix A – Programmer’s Interface for System Diagnostics .........................33
System Component Information............................................................................................ 33
Using BCS to Access System Diagnostic Information ............................................................ 34
Splash Screen Examples ........................................................................................................ 35
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ESD Warning
ESD Warning
To avoid ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) damage to sensitive components, make sure you are properly
grounded before touching any internal materials.
When working with any equipment manufactured with electronic devices, proper ESD grounding
procedures must be followed to ensure people, products, and tools are as free of static charges as
possible. Grounding straps, conductive smocks, and conductive work mats are specifically designed for
this purpose.
Anyone performing field maintenance on AMX AutoPatch equipment should use an appropriate ESD
field service kit complete with at least a dissipative work mat with a ground cord and a UL listed
adjustable wrist strap with another ground cord. These items should not be manufactured locally, since
they are generally composed of highly resistive conductive materials to safely drain static charges,
without increasing an electrocution risk in the event of an accident. ESD protective equipment can be
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Important Safety Information & Instructions
Important Safety Information & Instructions
When using and installing your AMX AutoPatch product, adhere to the following basic safety
precautions. For more information about operating, installing, or servicing your AMX AutoPatch
product, see your product documentation.
Read and understand all instructions before using and installing AMX AutoPatch products.
Use the correct voltage range for your AMX AutoPatch product.
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done by qualified personnel.
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For products with multiple power supplies in each unit, make sure all power supplies are
turned on simultaneously.
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connector.
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you are properly grounded before touching components inside an AMX AutoPatch product.
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Information et directives de sécurité importantes
Information et directives de sécurité
importantes
Veuillez vous conformer aux directives de sécurité ci-dessous lorsque vous installez et utilisez votre
appareil AMX AutoPatch. Pour de plus amples renseignements au sujet de l’installation, du
fonctionnement ou de la réparation de votre appareil AMX AutoPatch, veuillez consulter la
documentation accompagnant l’appareil.
Lisez attentivement toutes les directives avant d’installer et d’utiliser les appareils AMX
AutoPatch.
Le voltage doit être approprié à l’appareil AMX AutoPatch.
Les appareils AMX AutoPatch ne contiennent aucune pièce réparable par l’usager; la
réparation ne doit être effectuée que par du personnel qualifié.
Si de la fumée ou une odeur étrange se dégagent d’un appareil AMX AutoPatch, fermez-le
immédiatement et appelez le Service de soutien technique.
Veillez à ce que tous les blocs d’alimentation des appareils dotés de blocs d’alimentation
multiples dans chaque unité soient allumés simultanément.
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lorsque vous mettez les appareils AMX AutoPatch sous tension.
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Veillez à ce que votre appareil AMX AutoPatch soit installé sur une surface stable ou qu’il
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Fermez toutes les composantes de l’équipement avant de relier des pièces, à moins
d’indication contraire fournie dans la documentation de l’appareil.
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externe mise à la terre et d’un connect d’alimentation mis à la terre.
Pour éviter les chocs ou les dommages éventuels causés à l’équipement par une décharge
électrostatique, veillez à ce le dispositif oit bien relié à la terre avant de toucher les
composantes se trouvant à l’intérieur d’un appareil AMX AutoPatch.
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Notices
Notices
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USFCC Notice
The United States Federal Communications Commission (in 47CFR 15.838) has specified that the
following notice be brought to the attention of the users of this product.
Federal Communication Commission Radio Frequency Interference Statement:
“This equipment generates and uses radio frequency energy and if not installed and used properly, that
is, in strict accordance with the manufacturers instructions, may cause interference to radio and
television reception. It has been type-tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B computing
device in accordance with the specifications in Subpart J of Part 15 of FCC Rules, which are designed to
provide reasonable protection against such interference in a residential installation. However there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment causes
interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
Re-orient the receiving antenna
Relocate the matrix with respect to the receiver
Move the matrix away from the receiver
Plug the matrix into a different outlet so that computer and receiver are on different branch
circuits
If necessary, the user should consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for
additional suggestions. The user may find the booklet, How to Identify and Resolve Radio-TV
Interference Problems, prepared by the Federal Communications Commission to be helpful.”
This booklet is available from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402, Stock N.
004-000-00345-4.
Use shielded cables. To comply with FCC Class B requirement, all external data interface cables and
adapters must be shielded.
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Notices
Lithium Batteries Notice
Switzerland requires the following notice for products equipped with lithium batteries. This notice is not
applicable for all AMX equipment.
Upon shipment of the products to Switzerland, the requirements of the most up-to-date Swiss Ordinance
Annex 4.10 of SR 814.013 will be met by providing the necessary documents and annual reports relative
to the disposal of the batteries to the Swiss Authorities.
Trademark Notices
AMX®, AutoPatch®, and NetLinx® are trademarks of AMX.
Windows®, Windows 2000®, Windows NT®, and Windows XP Professional® are registered trademarks
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Warnings & Cautions
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could potentially cause problems with equipment or lead to personal risk.
ESD Warning: The icon to the left indicates text regarding potential danger associated with the
discharge of static electricity from an outside source (such as human hands) into an integrated
circuit, often resulting in damage to the circuit.
Warning: The icon to the left indicates text that warns readers against actions or conditions that
could cause potential injury to themselves.
Caution: The icon to the left indicates text that cautions readers against actions that could cause
potential injury to the product or the possibility of serious inconvenience.
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Overview & Specifications
Overview & Specifications
Applicability Notice
Precis DSP Distribution Matrices are available in two configurations: 8x8 and 18x18.
Precis DSP Models:
FGP37-0808-00P, 8x8 (1 RU)
FGP37-1818-00P, 18x18 (2 RU)
In addition to being a stereo audio router, this product supports Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for the
following audio features: volume, tone, balance, 10-band graphic equalization, and input gain. These
features can be adjusted by using the APGraphic EQ software program (or BCS commands).
Product Notes
Note: Because the Precis DSP is available in two models, some of the illustrations in this manual
may differ from the model you purchased.
Precis DSP systems support the following features:
Precis DSP Features
10-Band graphic equalizer with APGraphic EQ setup software
Balance, tone, and volume control
Input gain control
Unbalanced stereo audio
Gold-plated RCA connectors
RS-232 control port
Supports full Device Discovery through AMX’s AutoPatch Duet module (firmware v1.2.0 or
higher required)
Rack mounting ears included
Limited Warranty (see warranty at www.amx.com or on the AMX AutoPatch CD)
24-hour technical support
Precis DSP Control Features
Precis DSP systems support two different protocols: BCS (Basic Control Structure) and TCP/IP.
Several different control options are available for Precis DSP system. Multiple control methods can be
used for the same system (only one control connection at a time).
CrossBar Controller on APGraphic EQ (software provided)
AMX Control Device (for control programming information, see the instruction manual for
the specific interface)
APControl 3.0 software (free with all systems)
APWeb (TCP/IP control via an external module)
Supports AMX AutoPatch’s simple BCS* (Basic Control Structure) serial control protocol
Supports third-party controllers
* BCS is sent as ASCII characters through the CONTROL (RS-232) serial port (see page 30).
Note: Features and specifications described in this document are subject to change without notice.
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Overview & Specifications
Enclosure Hardware
Power indicator
Power receptacle
Power switch
Input connectors
Output connectors
CONTROL (RS-232) serial port
FIG. 1 Front & rear view of model FGP37-1818-00P
Enclosure Front
Precis DSP models come with a blank front panel and a power indicator in the upper right corner.
Enclosure Rear
Descriptions follow for the hardware on the rear of a Precis DSP.
CONTROL Serial (RS-232) Port
The Precis DSP has an RS-232 serial port (labeled CONTROL) for attaching a PC or other external
control device.
Power Receptacle & Specifications
The universal power receptacle is in the upper left hand corner on the rear of the enclosure (FIG. 1).
Maximum power specifications are on the power receptacle. The power receptacle accepts all major
international standard power sources. (A standard US power cord is included with all shipments within
the US.) Maximum power specifications are listed to the right of the power receptacle; the power
specifications are also in the table on page 9. Always use an earth-grounded power cord/system with the
Precis DSP.
Input & Output Connectors
Precis DSP models have gold-plated RCA connectors for routing audio. These connectors are the
attachment points for source and destination devices that connect to the system. Viewed from the rear of
the enclosure, the inputs (sources) are on the left side of the enclosure, and the outputs (destinations) are
on the right side of the enclosure.
For additional information on the input and output connectors in your system, including cabling
directions, see “Attaching Inputs & Outputs” on page 15.
System Serial Number
Viewed from the rear, the system’s serial number is located to the left on the end of the enclosure. Before
installation, we recommend recording the system’s serial number in an easily accessible location.
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Precis DSP Specifications
Applies to Precis DSP models FGP37-0808-00P and FGP37-1818-00P.
Specifications – General
Parameter
Approvals
Value
CE, UL, cUL
Humidity
0 to 90% non-condensing
Operational Temperature
32° F to 95° F (0° C to 35° C)
AC Power
100 VAC to 240 VAC single phase, 50 Hz to 60 Hz
1 A @ 115 VAC max.
0.7 A @ 230 VAC max.
Power Consumption (max.)
80 Watts
Power Consumption (typical)
45 Watts, fully loaded enclosure
Thermal Dissipation (max.)
273 BTU/hr.
Thermal Dissipation (typical)
154 BTU/hr., fully loaded enclosure
Dimensions
Depth
Width with rack ears
Width without rack ears
Height
18x18 model
8x8 model
Weight
18x18 model
8x8 model
9.75 in. (24.77 cm)
19.0 in. (48.26 cm)
17.4 in. (44.20 cm)
3.5 in. (8.89 cm) 2 RU
1.7 in. (4.32 cm) 1 RU
Approximately 10.5 lb. (4.76 kg) per enclosure
Approximately 7.0 lb. (3.18 kg) per enclosure
Specifications – Stereo Audio Signals
Parameter
Frequency Response
Conditions
f = 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Value
<0 dB to -0.8 dB
THD + Noise
f = 1 kHz, Vin = -10 dBu to +10 dBu
<0.1%
Crosstalk
f = 1 kHz, Vin = +14 dBu
<-115 dB
Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR)
f = 20 Hz to 20 kHz, Vin = +14 dBu
>90 dB
Input Level (max.)
Unbalanced
+14 dBu
Input Gain Adjustment Range
Via software
+10 dB to -10 dB
Output Level (max.)
Unbalanced
+14 dBu
Input Impedance
2 kohms
Output Impedance
<5 ohms
Output Volume Adjustment Range Via software
+10 dB to -70 dB (mute)
Coupling
AC Coupled
Connectors
RCA
Specifications – Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Features
Parameter
Conditions
Value
Tone - Bass
Low Pass Shelf @ 250 Hz
-12 dB to +12 dB
(in 0.5 dB increments)
Tone - Treble
High Pass Shelf @ 6 kHz
-12 dB to +12 dB
(in 0.5 dB increments)
10-Band Equalizer
32 Hz, 64 Hz, 125 Hz, 250 Hz, 500 Hz,
1 kHz, 2 kHz, 4 kHz, 8 kHz, and 16 kHz
-12 dB to +12 dB
(in 0.5 dB increments)
ADC/DAC
96 kHz / 24 bit
AMX reserves the right to modify its products and their specifications without notice.
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Configuration & Control
Configuration Information
Precis DSP systems are pre-engineered to switch stereo audio for two configuration sizes (8x8 and
18x18).
Control Options
Precis DSP systems support two different protocols: BCS (as ASCII characters sent through the
RS-232 serial port) and TCP/IP (with external APWeb Server module). Several control options are
available for Precis DSP systems.
AMX Control Devices
The Precis DSP is compatible with a number of AMX control devices. For control programming
information, see the instruction manual for the specific interface.
APGraphic EQ CrossBar
The APGraphic EQ software has a CrossBar (interface with crosspoints for switching) that can be used
for ongoing control after it is used for system setup.
Control Software
Precis DSP enclosures can be controlled using AMX AutoPatch software:
APControl 3.0 (Serial) – for control and scheduling
Runs on a PC connected to the CONTROL (RS-232) port on the Precis DSP
Download* from the AMX AutoPatch CD
Uses a setup wizard; system parameters (VMs and I/O channels) must be entered
Operation information is in the Help file
APWeb Server (TCP/IP) – for control, diagnostics, and third-party access
Uses RS-232 port located on the enclosure for connecting to an APWeb Server Module
Accessed through a TCP/IP interface, such as, a web browser (e.g., Internet Explorer)
Setup and operation information are in the APWeb Server Module’s documentation on
the AMX AutoPatch CD or at www.amx.com
Contact AMX regarding limitations and conditions for operating a Precis DSP on a
company LAN (Local Area Network)
* If your AMX account has the required permissions, the program can be downloaded from
www.amx.com.
BCS Serial Control Protocol
The Precis DSP can be controlled with an external serial controller that sends and receives ASCII
characters via the CONTROL (RS-232) port. AMX AutoPatch has developed a command language,
BCS (Basic Control Structure) Protocol, for programming control operations and for diagnostic
purposes. BCS commands are issued via a terminal emulation program (such as, HyperTerminal)
running on a PC. BCS command equivalents for all DSP functionality adjustments are provided for
advanced users and programmers who wish to create their own control programs; see the BCS Protocol
Instruction Manual on the AMX AutoPatch CD or at www.amx.com.
Third-Party Controllers
Third-party controllers connect to the CONTROL (RS-232) port on the enclosure’s rear. If using a
third-party controller, see the controller documentation for setup and operating instructions.
XNNet Protocol
Advanced programmers who want to design their own control programs can use AMX AutoPatch
XNNet protocol. The AMX AutoPatch CD includes the XNNet Communication Library, an interface
library that supports C, Java, and Visual Basic and has examples of the XNNet protocol in use.
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Installation & Setup
Site Recommendations
When placing the enclosure, follow the recommendations and precautions in this section to reduce
potential installation and operation hazards. For complete specifications, see the tables on page 9.
Choose a clean, dust free, (preferably) air-conditioned location.
Avoid areas with direct sunlight, heat sources, or high levels of EMI
(Electromagnetic Interference).
Chassis Accessibility
Make sure the front and rear panels of the enclosure are accessible, so that you can monitor the LED
indicator. Leaving adequate clearance at the rear will also allow for easier cabling and service.
Power
The source’s electrical outlet should be installed near the router, easily accessible, and properly
grounded. Power should come from a building branch circuit. We recommend using a dedicated line for
the system’s power. Use a minimum breaker current rating of 15 A for 110 V or 30 A for 230 V.
To avoid an overload, note the power consumption rating of all the equipment connected to the circuit
breaker before applying power.
General Hazard Precautions
These recommendations address potential hazards that are common to all installations:
Elevated Operating Temperature
The maximum rated ambient temperature for Precis DSP enclosures is 95° F (35° C).
All equipment should be installed in an environment compatible with the manufacturer’s maximum
rated ambient temperature. In a closed or multi-unit rack assembly, the operating ambient temperature of
the rack environment may be greater than the ambient room temperature.
Caution: To protect the equipment from overheating, do not operate in an area that exceeds
95° F (35° C) and follow the clearance recommendation below for adequate airflow.
Airflow Restriction
Precis DSP enclosures are designed to adequately dissipate the heat they produce under normal
operating conditions; however, this design is defeated when high-heat producing equipment is placed
directly above or below an enclosure.
Caution: To prevent overheating, the system requires one empty rack unit above and below the
enclosure. Avoid placing high-heat producing equipment directly above or below the enclosure.
If such equipment must be installed above or below the Precis, more space (or a rack fan) may be
necessary. Verify that the openings on the sides of the enclosure are not blocked and do not have
restricted air flow.
Mechanical (Rack) Loading
When installing equipment in a rack, distribute the weight to avoid uneven mechanical loading.
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Circuit Overloading
When connecting the equipment to the supply circuits, be aware of the effect that overloading the circuits
might have on over-current protection and supply wiring.
Reliable Earthing (Grounding)
Reliable earthing of rack-mounted equipment should be maintained. If not using a direct connection to the
branch circuit (e.g., plugging into a power strip), pay particular attention to supply connections.
Caution: We recommend attaching all power cords to a surge protector and/or an AC line conditioner.
Unpacking
The Precis DSP is shipped with one enclosure per shipping box. The invoice is sent separately; a packing list
is attached to the outside of each box. Each box contains the following items:
Enclosure
Standard US power cord (if shipped within the US)
Rack ears and screws
Other enclosure products as needed
The documentation in each box includes:
AMX AutoPatch Precis DSP Quick Start Guide
AMX AutoPatch CD (with APGraphic EQ software for system setup)
For orders comprising multiple enclosures, the shipping boxes are marked as “Chassis __ of __,” where the
first blank is the box number and the second blank is the total number of boxes in the shipment.
Unpacking Tips
Before fully unpacking the enclosure(s), inspect the shipping box(es) for any signs of damage.
If a box is partially crushed or any sides have been broken open, notify the shipping agency
immediately and contact your AMX representative (see the warranty on the AMX AutoPatch CD
or at www.amx.com).
Once unpacking is complete, closely check the physical condition of the enclosure.
Collect all documentation.
Note: Please save the original shipping container and packing materials. AMX is not responsible for
damage caused by insufficient packing during return shipment to the factory. Shipping boxes are
available; contact your AMX representative for details.
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Rack Installation
Precis DSP Distribution Matrix enclosures fit in a standard EIA 19 in. (48.26 cm) rack. Rack ears are
provided.
Required items for rack installation:
Enclosure
Rack ears & screws
Standard EIA 19 in. (48.26 cm) rack
Screwdriver
Screws that fit your rack for mounting the enclosure
Power cord
Surge-protector – highly recommended
PC or laptop computer with a null modem cable (for communication with the Precis DSP via
the RS-232 port, i.e., using the APGraphic EQ software for setup)
Installation Recommendations
Write the system’s serial number in an easily accessible location before installing the
Precis DSP in a rack. Viewed from the rear, the system’s serial number is located to the left on
the end of the enclosure.
Use earth-grounded power cords / system with the Precis DSP.
Attach all power cords to a single surge protector and/or an AC line conditioner.
Apply power to the Precis DSP enclosure before applying power to its source
and destination devices.
Installation Procedure
A flow chart showing the basic installation sequence is in FIG. 2. The procedure, which follows on
page 14, provides general steps with references to detailed information found in later sections of this
chapter. After the basic sequence is complete, see page 21 for fine tuning the audio with APGraphic EQ.
FIG. 2 Installation procedure
Caution: To prevent overheating and airflow restriction, avoid placing high-heat producing
equipment directly above or below the enclosure. The system requires a minimum of one empty rack
unit above and below. Verify that the openings on the sides of the enclosure are not blocked and do
not have restricted air flow.
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To install and set up a Precis DSP in a rack:
1.
On the side of the Precis DSP, remove the bottom two screws closest to the front panel (FIG. 3).
Align the holes on one of the rack ears with the empty holes on the side of the enclosure and replace
the screws (three screws for the 1 RU; four screws for the 2 RU).
Repeat for the other rack ear.
Front Panel
2 RU
Front Panel
1 RU
Insert
Insert
Remove & then replace
Remove & then replace
FIG. 3 Attach rack ears to sides of enclosure
2.
Place the enclosure in the rack and attach front-mounting screws to hold it firmly in place.
3.
Attach only the first two source devices and the first two destination devices; see page 15.
Do not apply power to the devices until after the Precis DSP has power (Step 4).
4.
Apply power to the system according to the power-up procedure; see page 16.
Note: We recommend using a surge protector and/or an AC line conditioner.
5.
Connect the Precis DSP to the PC and establish communication; see page 17.
6.
Install and open the APGraphic EQ software on the PC; see page 18.
7.
Execute a test switch to ensure the system is working properly; see page 19.
8.
When the test switch works correctly, attach the remaining source and destination devices.
9.
Fine tune the system for optimum performance using APGraphic EQ; see the “Fine-Tuning with
APGraphic EQ” chapter on page 21.
10. Establish communication with the desired external control device/system; for control options,
see page 17.
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Attaching Inputs & Outputs
Input and output connectors are the attachment points for source and destination devices that connect to
the system. Viewed from the rear of a Precis DSP enclosure, the inputs (for sources) are on the left side of
the enclosure, and the outputs (for destinations) are on the right side.
Precis DSP models have gold-plated RCA connectors for routing stereo audio. Each input and output
consists of a pair of connectors (left and right) with the number of the input/output between the two
connectors.
Before connecting all input and output cables, attach only the first two input and output pairs and execute
a test switch (see page 19).
When the test switch is successful, attach the rest of the input and output cables.
To attach RCA cables:
1.
Insert the RCA plugs into the input and output RCA jacks according to the labels on the enclosure
(FIG. 4).
FIG. 4 Insert RCA plugs into RCA jacks
The system is ready to apply power; see page 16.
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Applying Power
The enclosure’s universal power receptacle will accept all major international standard power sources.
A standard US power cord is provided for installations within the US. Maximum power specifications are
on the power receptacle (also listed on page 9). Always use an earth-grounded power cord / system with
a Precis DSP.
The source electrical outlet should be installed near the Precis DSP, easily accessible, and properly
grounded. Power should come from a building branch circuit. We strongly recommend using a dedicated
line for the system’s power. Use a minimum breaker current rating of 15 A for 110 V or 30 A for 230 V.
To avoid an overload, note the power consumption rating of all the equipment connected to the circuit
breaker before applying power.
Caution: We recommend attaching all power cords to a surge protector and/or an AC line
conditioner.
Power-Up Sequence
To apply power:
1.
Attach the first two source and destination devices; see page 15.
Do not apply power to the source and destination devices until Step 5.
2.
Plug the power cord into the power receptacle on the enclosure.
3.
Plug the other end of the power cord(s) into a power strip that is turned off (we recommend using
a 30 A power strip).
4.
Turn on the power strip.
5.
Press the “I” side of the enclosure’s power switch.
The Power Indicator on the front of the enclosure illuminates.
6.
Apply power to the source and destination devices.
The system is ready to attach a serial controller. A PC is required to run the APGraphic EQ software for
system setup; see page 17.
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Attaching an External Controller
The Precis DSP can be controlled externally by attaching an external control device/system that uses one
of the communication protocols listed below:
BCS (Serial) – ASCII sent over a null modem serial cable via the CONTROL (RS-232) port
XNNet – AMX AutoPatch protocol via the CONTROL (RS-232) port
TCP/IP – requires an external module; see the APWeb Server module documentation
An external serial controller is any device that can send and receive ASCII code over an RS-232
(null modem) serial cable. A PC running control software is a common external controller. This section
explains how to attach a PC to the CONTROL port on the enclosure’s CPU, so the system can be set up
(and controlled if desired) with APGraphic EQ software, which is located on the AMX AutoPatch CD.
Other serial controllers can also be attached by following the directions below (for controller options,
see page 27).
PC Requirements for APGraphic EQ (also for APControl 3.0)
Windows XP Professional® or Windows 2000®
Java Runtime Environment (JRE): v1.4.2 or the latest version (JRE v1.4.2 can be installed as
part of APGraphic EQ)
Minimum Hardware: 166 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 20 MB free disk space*, 800x600 display
Recommended Hardware: 2.0 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 20 MB free disk space,
1280x1024 display
Serial port
* Disk space and RAM details: APGraphic EQ requires 5 MB of disk space once installed. The installation
process requires 20 MB of disk space. If required, the JRE v1.4.2 that is packaged with the APGraphic EQ
installer will require approximately 200 MB of free disk space for the installation and approximately 100 MB
once installed.
To establish external serial control:
1.
Use a null modem cable that matches the pin diagram in FIG. 5 for RS-232 without hardware flow
control. AMX AutoPatch equipment requires pins 2, 3, and 5 only.
FIG. 5 RS-232 null modem pin diagram, no hardware flow control
2.
Plug one end of the null modem serial cable into the CONTROL (RS-232 / DB-9) port on the
enclosure (FIG. 6).
FIG. 6 Attach null modem serial cable to CONTROL port
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Serial Port Setting Table for Precis DSP
3.
Plug the other end of the serial cable into the serial port on the PC (or other serial controller/device).
4.
Open the serial communication software and set the port settings to
match the Precis DSP default settings (see table to the right).
The settings on the PC serial communication software and the enclosure
must correspond to each other. If a change is required to make them
match, change the PC’s settings.
The system is ready to install and open APGraphic EQ for initial setup.
Precis DSP
Serial Port Settings
Baud Rate
Data Bits
Parity
9600
8
None
Stop Bits
1
Flow Control
None
Installing APGraphic EQ Software
Before installing, see the “PC Requirements for APGraphic EQ” on page 17.
To install and open the APGraphic EQ program:
1.
Close any software on the PC that could communicate with the Precis DSP over its serial port
(e.g., HyperTerminal).
2.
Insert the AutoPatch CD with APGraphic EQ into the CD drive.
(If the CD does not autorun, explore the folder for APGraphic EQ.)
3.
If Java (JRE) v.1.4.2 is already installed on the PC, select the APGraphic EQ option without JVM.
If Java (JRE) v.1.4.2 is not installed, select the APGraphic EQ option with JVM.
4.
Install the program according to the installer instructions.
5.
Open the program from the location specified during the installation (normally it is in the
AutoPatch Applications folder).
APGraphic EQ opens and discovers the system.*
Output Device list
Balance slider
Equalization
band sliders
Status bar
Mute/Unmute Button
Tone button
Reset for flat response
The system is ready for a test switch; see page 19
* If APGraphic EQ does not discover the system, see below.
To discover the system (if APGraphic EQ does not):
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1.
From the Comm menu, select Disconnect.
2.
From the Comm menu, select Settings. Set the correct Comm ID (port) and set the baud rate
to 9600.
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3.
From the Comm menu, select Connect.
4.
From the Options menu, select Rediscover VMs.
If the system discovery fails again, contact technical support (see page 20).
Executing a Test Switch Using APGraphic EQ
Execute a test switch to verify the system is working properly before attaching all inputs and outputs.
Before executing the test switch, make sure the first two source devices and the first two destination
devices are connected to the input and output connectors.
Note: For directions for executing a test switch using BCS commands, see page 31.
We recommend executing a test switch that routes Input 1 to Output1 and Output 2.
To execute a test switch using the CrossBar in APGraphic EQ:
1.
From the main interface, open the Options menu and select Show > CrossBar View.
Crosspoint for Input 1 to Output 1
Crosspoint for Input 1 to Output 2
Tip: Place the cursor over a crosspoint
to display the input/output numbers for
that crosspoint.
FIG. 7 Click crosspoints to route test switch
2.
Click the crosspoints for Input 1 to Output 1 and Input 1 to Output 2 (inputs are on the left and
outputs are across the top).
The system is ready for fine-tuning; see page 21.
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Troubleshooting
If the test switch did not execute correctly:
Check the power indicator on the front of the enclosure.
If it is not illuminated, check the power cords.
Check all signal connections on the rear of the enclosure(s) to make sure everything is physically set
up correctly.
Check all power switches on the source and destination devices to make sure they are all turned on.
Attempt the switch again.
If the switch still does not work, contact technical support (see below).
Technical Support
Before contacting technical support with a question, please consult this manual. If you still have questions,
contact your AMX representative or technical support. Have your system’s serial number ready. Viewed from
the rear, the system’s serial number is located to the left on the end of the enclosure.
We recommend recording your system’s serial number in an easily accessible location.
AMX Contact Information
3000 Research Drive, Richardson, TX 75082
800.222.0193
469.624.8000
Fax 469.624.7153
Technical Support 800.932.6993
www.amx.com
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Fine-Tuning with APGraphic EQ
Overview
APGraphic EQ software is used for system setup and adjusting audio functionality.* The software is
found on the AMX AutoPatch CD that ships with the Precis DSP. For more information, see the Release
Notes and the Readme file.
These topics are covered in the “Installation & Setup” chapter
Installing APGraphic EQ software (see page 18)
Routing test switches (see page 19)
Once the Precis DSP is installed and all devices are in their final locations, the APGraphic EQ software
program can be used to fine-tune the sound system for optimum performance. If desired, it can also be
used for system control after setup (see page 28).
This chapter covers:
Executing switches (see page 22)
Adjusting volume (see page 22)
Adjusting digital input gain (see page 23)
Adjusting equalization bands and balance (see page 24)
Adjusting tone (see page 25)
Important: To properly adjust the sound for the environment, you will need to route signals and
adjust the volume as necessary throughout the fine-tuning process.
* BCS command equivalents for all DSP functionality adjustments are provided for advanced users and
programmers who wish to create their own control programs; see the BCS Protocol Instruction Manual
on the AMX AutoPatch CD or at www.amx.com.
APGraphic EQ Views
APGraphic EQ has three views (windows) for adjusting and routing signals:
APGraphic EQ main interface – used for adjusting volume (see page 22), equalization bands
and balance (see page 24), and tone (see page 25).
CrossBar view – opens from the Options menu for routing inputs to outputs (see page 22).
Input Gain view – during system setup, this view can be opened for adjusting input gain
(see page 23).
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Executing Switches
Before fine-tuning the system for its final location, route a few switches to check that the system is
working properly and to determine what adjustments are needed.
This section provides basic information for executing switches using the CrossBar. For complete control
information using APGraphic EG, see page 28.
To execute switches with the APGraphic EQ CrossBar:
1.
Open APGraphic EQ (see page 18).
2.
From the Options menu, select Show > CrossBar View.
Outputs
Selected (active) crosspoint
Inputs
Tip: Place the cursor over a crosspoint
to display the input/output numbers for
that crosspoint.
3.
Click a crosspoint to execute a switch.
The crosspoint changes to an active state and the switch is routed. (Click an active crosspoint to
disconnect a switch.)
Adjusting Volume
This section explains how to adjust volume using the APGraphic EQ main interface.
To adjust volume for an output:
1.
Using the CrossBar, route an input to the output needing adjustment.
2.
From the main interface, select the output from the Output Device list and adjust the Volume slider.
Output Device list
Volume slider
Mute / Unmute button
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Adjusting Digital Input Gain
Inputs are set to unity gain at the factory and have a gain adjustment range of -10 dB to +10 dB.
Input gain adjustments should be made before the outputs are fine-tuned. Inputs cannot be muted.
Purpose & Application of Input Gain Adjustment
Adjusting input gain (the nominal level of the signal from the source device) allows source signals of
varying amplitudes to be equalized before they are routed and the volume is adjusted. Equalizing source
levels provides a consistent reference for volume adjustments and eliminates jumps when routing a new
input to an output.
A typical application of input gain adjustment is for switching consumer and professional grade audio
equipment (whose levels can vary noticeably) in the same system.
Process for Equalizing Input Levels
The following steps tell how to adjust input gain as part of the process of equalizing input levels.
Caution: We strongly recommend that input gain adjustments be made only by a qualified installer
or dealer.
To adjust input gain:
1.
Using the CrossBar, route the input needing adjustment to an output.
2.
From the main interface, open the Options menu and select Show > Input Gain View.
The Input Gain dialog box opens.
3.
From the Input Device list, select the input just routed.
Input Device list
Input Gain slider
4.
Adjust the slider until the desired gain level is reached.
5.
Repeat Steps 1 through 4 as necessary for all inputs that will be routed to the same output.
Note: The total through-system gain (the amount of input gain plus the amount of output gain) for
any input to output routing path cannot exceed 10 dBr. If an input gain command is entered that
exceeds 10 dBr when it is combined with the gain (volume) of an output, the command will be
accepted (and will be indicated in status results) but will not result in an audible difference of more
than 10 dBr.
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Adjusting Equalization Bands & Balance
Precis DSP models provide a 10-band graphic equalizer to boost or cut the various frequencies (bands)
for each output. Each equalization band spans one octave and is identified by its center frequency. The
bands are set for a flat response (0 dB) at the factory. The adjustment range for each band is -12 dB to
+12 dB. Balance is normally adjusted as part of system setup and fine-tuning but can also be adjusted
any time during operation.
Note: The button immediately left of the Reset button is used to toggle between the Tone and EQ
sliders. When the EQ sliders are visible, the button says Tone; when the Tone sliders are visible, the
button says EQ.
To adjust equalization bands and balance for outputs:
1.
Using the CrossBar, route an input to all outputs needing adjustment.
2.
From the main interface, select an output from the Output Device list.
3.
Adjust the sliders for each equalization band until the desired sound is achieved.
If the equalization sliders are not visible, click the EQ button (the EQ button is only available when
the Tone sliders are visible).
4.
Optional – Adjust the Balance slider.
Output Device list
Balance slider
Equalization
band sliders
Status bar
Reset for flat response
5.
Repeat Steps 1 through 4 for all outputs that require adjustment.
Tip: Any selected slider can be set to 0 dB (or to center for balance) by selecting the slider and
typing “0” (zero). All of the equalization bands for an output can be set to 0 (flat response) by clicking
the Reset button.
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Adjusting Tone
Tone is normally adjusted along with balance and volume as part of system setup and fine-tuning but can
be adjusted any time during operation.
Note: The button immediately left of the Reset button is used to toggle between the Tone and EQ
sliders. When the EQ sliders are visible, the button says Tone; when the Tone sliders are visible,
the button says EQ.
To adjust tone for an output:
1.
Using the CrossBar, route an input to the output needing adjustment.
2.
From the main interface, click the Tone button.
The Tone sliders appear.
Bass and Treble sliders
Click EQ button to return to equalization bands
3.
Select the output from the Output Device list.
4.
Adjust the sliders for bass and treble until the desired sound is achieved.
Tip: The Tone bands for an output can be set to 0 (flat response) by clicking the Reset button.
5.
Repeat Steps 1 through 4 for additional outputs as required.
6.
Click the EQ button to return to the main interface.
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Controlling the System
Control Options
After the initial setup (in which APGraphic EQ is used for test switches, volume control, and fine
turning), the Precis DSP can be controlled using any of the following:
AMX Control Devices
APControl 3.0
APWeb (TCP/IP control via an external module)
APGraphic EQ
BCS Commands
Third-party Controllers (for operating instructions, see controller documentation)
AMX Control Devices
The Precis DSP is compatible with a number of AMX control devices. For control programming
information, see the instruction manual for the specific interface.
APControl 3.0
The Precis DSP can use APControl 3.0 software for control and scheduling. APControl 3.0 runs on a PC
connected to the CONTROL (RS-232) port on the Precis DSP. It can be installed from the AMX
AutoPatch CD (if your AMX account has the required permissions, the program can be downloaded
from www.amx.com).
APControl 3.0 uses a setup wizard in which system parameters (the number of input and output
channels) must be entered.
The system should be turned on and connected to the PC via the serial port before using the Wizard.
To install and use APControl 3.0:
1.
Download APControl 3.0 from the AMX AutoPatch CD.
2.
From the APControl Launchbar menu, select System / New.
3.
Select AutoPatch Heritage System; click Next.
4.
Select Manual Configuration Entry; click Next.
5.
Enter 8 or 18 (depending on the configuration) in the # Input Channels field and in the # Output
Channels field (the VM Number can be left at 0; the Precis DSP switches on either VM 0 or VM 2).
6.
Click the Add Virtual Matrix button; click Next.
7.
Under Select Communication Link, Serial Port (default) is pre-selected; click Next.
8.
Under Specify Communication Parameters, click Define New Communication Settings.
9.
Click Next to accept the default parameters (the baud rate must be left at 9600; the Comm Type can
be either Serial Port BCS or Serial Port).
10. Under Summary, click Finish.
11. From the Launchbar menu, select Views / CrossBar > CrossBar View - VM 0.
12. Click on the crosspoints to execute and disconnect switches.
Complete operation information for APControl 3.0 is in the Help file (e.g., scheduling, creating and
executing macros, and customizing channel names and the CrossBar color).
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APWeb
APWeb requires an external module. For installation directions, see the Quick Start Guide that ships with
the APWeb Module. For directions on executing and disconnecting switches using APWeb, see the APWeb
documentation on the AMX AutoPatch CD or at www.amx.com.
APGraphic EQ
The APGraphic EQ has a CrossBar (interface with crosspoints for switching) that can be used for ongoing
control after the system is set up and fine tuned.
For instructions on installing and opening APGraphic EQ software on a PC, see page 18.
APGraphic EQ has three views (windows) for adjusting and routing signals.
APGraphic EQ main interface – used for adjusting volume (page 22), tone (page 25), and
equalization bands and balance (page 24).
CrossBar view – opens from the Options menu for routing inputs to outputs (see below).
Input Gain view – during system setup, this view can be opened for adjusting input gain
(see page 23).
Note: APGraphic EQ has a drop down list with two virtual matrix choices, VM 0 (all) and VM 2 (audio);
either virtual matrix can be used since the Precis DSP has a single (stereo audio) virtual matrix.
Executing Switches Using the CrossBar
The crosspoint images in the CrossBar field represent the intersections of the input channels (buttons on
the left) and the output channels (buttons along the top). The channel names and CrossBar color can be
customized (see page 29).
The CrossBar below shows Input 1 routed to Outputs 1, 2, 3, and 6 and Input 8 routed to Outputs 7 and 8.
Place the cursor over a crosspoint to display the
input/output numbers for the crosspoint.
Tip: Hold the ALT key down and move the mouse across the desired crosspoints to select or deselect
consecutive crosspoints (do not hold down the mouse buttons).
To execute or disconnect switches with the CrossBar:
1.
From the main interface, open the Options menu and select Show > CrossBar View.
2.
Click a crosspoint to execute a switch.
3.
The crosspoint changes to an active state and the switch is routed.
Or
Click an active crosspoint to disconnect a switch.
The crosspoint returns to its inactive state and the switch is disconnected.
Note: A switch can also be executed or disconnected by clicking the input and the output channel
buttons.
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Customizing the CrossBar
The CrossBar can be customized to reflect your individual system and preferences. Icons and custom
channel names can be added to the Input and Output buttons (font size and icon size are also adjustable).
The background color of the CrossBar can be customized using the Window Color dialog box.
Customized settings are automatically saved.
To add icons and custom names to input and output buttons:
1.
From the CrossBar, right-click an input or an output button.
The Customize Label Image and Name dialog box opens.
2.
Select the desired options for icon images* and enter the desired channel names (use a maximum
of 23 characters).
3.
Click Accept.
* Custom icons need to be 16, 32, or 48 pixels square .jpg or .gif files. If 16 or 48 pixel square files are
used, be sure to modify the button properties (see below) to accommodate the change in image size.
To modify the button properties:
1.
From the CrossBar View menu, select View Properties.
The View Properties dialog box opens.
2.
Select the desired properties for Label Layout, Label Size, Label Font, and Icon Image size (pixels).
3.
Close the View Properties dialog box.
To change the color of the CrossBar:
1.
From the CrossBar View menu, select Window Color.
2.
Select the color.
3.
Click OK.
Note: The background color of the APGraphic EQ and Input Gain views can also be changed.
Check each view’s menu options for Window Color.
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BCS Commands
Precis DSP models can be controlled by entering BCS (Basic Control Structure) commands into a
terminal emulation program (e.g., HyperTerminal). BCS command equivalents for all DSP functionality
adjustments are provided for advanced users and programmers who wish to create their own control
programs; see the BCS Protocol Instruction Manual on the AMX AutoPatch CD or at www.amx.com.
PC Requirements for BCS
Windows XP Professional® or Windows 2000®
Terminal emulation program (e.g., HyperTerminal)
Serial port
To enter BCS commands, the Precis DSP must be attached to a PC (see “Attaching an External
Controller,” on page 17) running a terminal emulation program such as Windows® HyperTerminal.
The settings on the PC serial communication software and the enclosure must correspond to each other.
For settings information, see the table on page 18.
When using HyperTerminal, command characters are entered and sent to the enclosure’s CPU (the
command characters appear in HyperTerminal when the enclosure responds). When all of the entered
characters appear in HyperTerminal, the command has been successfully executed.
To establish communication between the Precis DSP and HyperTerminal:
1.
Open HyperTerminal (or other terminal emulation software program).
2.
Select the COM port and check that the settings match those in the Precis DSP Serial Port Settings
table on page 18.
3.
Click OK.
A short splash screen appears followed by “Ready” (see FIG. 8 below).
The system is ready to enter BCS commands to execute switches (see page 31).
HyperTerminal Splash Screen
When power is applied to the enclosure, HyperTerminal displays a short splash screen followed by
“Ready”. An example of a short splash screen is illustrated in FIG. 8 (your system’s splash screen may
differ slightly).
[1:Enclosure] Precis DSP v1.2.0 D
Ready
Hardware version
FIG. 8 Power-up splash screen in HyperTerminal
Precis DSP models display advanced system information when the command ~scr! is entered (see
Appendix A on page 33). For information on checking the hardware version, see page 35.
Note: AMX reserves the right to add to the contents of the splash screen at any time, without notice.
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Executing a Test Switch with BCS
The following test switch routes Input 2 to Output 1 (the level does not need to be specified since the
Precis DSP only switches audio).
To execute a test switch using BCS commands:
1.
Enter the following BCS command line:
CI2O1T
When the “T” appears, the system has successfully executed the command. If any other characters
appear, the command was not successful. Verify that the source signal is audible at the destination.
Important: When entering values for BCS gain commands, do not add any leading zeros (e.g., to
set the volume to -9 dB, enter CO3VA-90T, do not enter CO3VA-090T).
Troubleshooting
If the test switch did not execute correctly:
Check the power indicator on the front of the enclosure.
If it is not illuminated, check the power cords.
Verify the status of the test switch.
If using BCS commands, enter “SO1T”. If “SO1T(2)” appears, the test switch is routed.
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Appendix A – Programmer’s Interface
for System Diagnostics
System Component Information
The Precis DSP displays system information in its splash screen* for diagnostic purposes. The
information indicates the current status and well-being of the system components.
~scr!
[1:Enclosure] Precis DSP
[2:Storage Blocks] cleared
[3:Communication Interfaces] count = 1
[4:Hardware Boards] detected
[5:VM Configuration] count = 2
Command entered to display minimal
information for all system components
The system’s component identity numbers
are to the left of each component
FIG. 9 Example of a Precis DSP splash screen
The splash screen can be accessed using a terminal emulation program, such as HyperTerminal
(see page 30). One of four verbosity** settings is specified, which provides either a list of the five
system components with minimal information (FIG. 9) or a level of detailed information on one of the
five components. Only one verbosity setting and one component setting can be entered in a command.
The order in which the verbosity and component settings are entered is interchangeable.
* AMX reserves the right to add to the contents of the splash screen at any time, without notice.
** Verbosity (i.e., wordiness) refers to the amount of information provided; the higher the verbosity
setting, the more information is displayed.
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Verbosity Settings
The verbosity (v) settings (v0, v1, v2, v3) correspond to the level of detail that will be displayed,
with v0 being the lowest level of detail and v3 being the highest level.
Component Settings
Detailed information for a single system component can be specified by using its identity (i) number
setting (i1 through i5) in the following table. Minimal information for all five components can be
specified by using the identity number i0.
Component
Identity Number
All Components
i0
Enclosure
i1
Storage Blocks
i2
Communication Interfaces
i3
Hardware / Boards
i4
VM Configuration
i5
Default Settings
At system boot, the ~scrv0i1! setting is displayed (see FIG. 8 on page 30).
If the verbosity setting is omitted, the verbosity level will be the lowest (v0).
The component setting must be included; otherwise, entering any of the verbosity settings
alone will result in a display equivalent to v0i0.
If both settings are omitted during a query (~scr!), the information displayed will be at the
lowest verbosity level for all components (v0i0) (FIG. 9 on page 33).
Using BCS to Access System Diagnostic Information
Instructions are provided for accessing the lowest level of verbosity for all components and for accessing
a specific level of verbosity for a specific component.
To access the lowest level of verbosity for all components:
1.
Enter ~scr! or ~scrv0i0!
Note: Either of these commands provides a “menu” of the identity numbers and their corresponding
components (FIG. 9 on page 33).
Only one verbosity setting and one component setting can be entered in a command. The order in which
the verbosity and component settings are entered is interchangeable.
To access a specific level of verbosity for a specific component:
1.
Enter ~scr (to access the splash screen).
2.
Enter the verbosity level setting v# and the component’s identity setting i#.
Either may be specified first.
3.
Enter ! (to send the command).
Example
~scrv3i5! or ~scri5v3! (Either displays the highest level of detail for the VM Configuration.)
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Splash Screen Examples
Following are four examples of splash screen information that could be displayed when different
verbosity/component settings are specified. Depending on the amount of detail provided, you may need
to scroll to see the entire display. Use the first example to check the host software (IOS) version and the
hardware driver (appcode) version.
~scrv3i1!
[1:Enclosure] Precis DSP
[host software] v3.4.2
[hardware driver] v1.2.0 R
[build date] Jan 13 2009 08:03:50
[xnet address] 0xdcf1
[ap system id] 0x0
[nvram status] valid.. user preferences restored
[nvram magic] 0xdedafaba
FIG. 10 Display for v3i1 (verbosity 3, component 1)
~scrv3i3!
[3:Communication Interfaces] count = 1
[interface 1] detected
[type] BCS mode RS232 port, 9600 (8/1/N/E/NS)
FIG. 11 Display for v3i3 (verbosity 3, component 3)
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~scrv3i4!
[4:Hardware Boards] detected
[io boards] count = 1
[board 1] e000
[hardware function checks] none
FIG. 12 Display for v3i4 (verbosity 3, component 4)
~scrv3i5!
[5:VM Configuration] count = 2
[VM 0] ‘All’ 8x8x1
[VM 2] ‘A2’ 8x8x1
[VM 0 master] 0x0 0 0 1 (self)
[VM 2 master] 0x0 0 0 1 (self)
FIG. 13 Display for v3i5 (verbosity 3, component 5)
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