Last update - 7/15/2014
This section will help to isolate possible power problems in the DLC. It will not isolate any problems to any specific electronic components on the DLC card, but will help isolate fuse or battery pack or battery cell problems.
If you report power problems to CROPSCAN, Inc., please provide the voltage readings from each of steps 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 below.
Equipment required: small phillips screwdriver and a voltmeter with a DC scale to about 20 volts.
The following steps assume that battery cells are installed in the battery pack as pictured below.
|DO NOT press the hard reset button (red switch with black button in upper left-hand corner of DLC card as pictured below.)|
|A fully charged cell will measure about 1.2 to 1.4 volts.
While the battery cells are removed, check the battery cell holder contacts for any signs of corrosion and clean them if any corrosion is found.
|Corroded contacts shown on the left. Clean contacts shown on the right.|
Corrosion can occur if the batteries (NiCad or Alkaline, in particular) are left to fully discharge in the DLC, due to any leaked chemicals from the batteries coming in contact with the metal connectors.
After cleaning the cell holder contacts or if the contacts appear lose then use a small pliers over the end of the cell holder to squeeze and tighten the crimped-type contacts.
It is recommended to recharge the batteries in the DLC overnight before each use and recharge them at least once per month or two, when not in use or simply remove them for longer term storage.
NOTE: If you need to use Alkaline type batteries, say in the situation where you are out in the field and the rechargeable batteries have run down, DO NOT connect the A/C adapter to the DLC while the Alkaline batteries are installed. Any charging will cause Alkaline to be discharged from the battery cells and will cause corrosion to the battery cell holders and can etch away printed circuit trace connections on the DLC card itself.
|The voltage should measure anywhere from 14.5 to 17 volts, depending on the A/C adapter shipped with the system.|
|This will be the reference point for all other measurements.|
|Depending on the A/C adapter shipped with the system, this point should measure
from about 13.9 to 15 volts with all batteries installed.
If this point measures less than about 2 volts then the DLC is not getting power from the A/C adapter.
If this point measures more than about 9 volts then continue with the next step.
NOTE: Also, check to see if either end of the fuse is loose. If a fuse had been replaced, it may be possible that the fuse clips may have become sprung enough that one of the ends of the fuse may not be held tightly. A symptom of this can be intermittent power-offs. It one end or the other is loose, remove the fuse and then squeeze the fuse clips together. Carefully replace the fuse and verify that it is being held tightly.
|This point should measure about 20 millivolts (0.02 volts)
less the other end of the fuse.
If the difference is much greater and this end measures about 0.5 volts or less then fuse FS1 is indeed blown. Replace it with a new fuse.
|A good fuse has a little silver looking wire through it, as shown below. A blown fuse will have a break in the wire.|
|With the A/C adapter connected to the DLC, this point should measure a little over 11 volts.|
Remove the A/C adapter from the DLC and re-measure the same point as above. With good batteries installed, this point should measure somewhere between 8.8 and 11.0 volts depending on the charge condition of the battery cells. If so, reconnect the A/C adapter to the DLC and continue with the next step below.
If it measures low (less than 2 volts) then there is a connection problem in the battery pack and most likely a corroded battery cell connector. Remove the battery cells, re-check the battery cell holder connectors, and re-clean as necessary as described above. If that still does not solve the connection problem then contact CROPSCAN, Inc. to discuss obtaining a replacement battery cell holder pack.
NOTE: Also, check to see if either end of the fuse is loose. If a fuse had been replaced, it may be possible that the fuse clips may have become sprung enough that one of the ends of the fuse may not be held tightly. A symptom of this can be intermittent power-offs or no power-ups. It one end or the other is loose, remove the fuse and then squeeze the fuse clips together. Carefully replace the fuse and verify that it is being held tightly.
|If both ends of the fuse measure very close to each other then fuse FS2 is good. If the fuse is blown then they will differ in readings by at least 1.5 volts. Replace the fuse if it is blown.|
|This point should measure between about 5.7 to 5.9 volts, if fuse FS1 is
good (not blown), indicating that the DLC internal voltage regulator circuit is functioning correctly.
If this voltage is much lower or much higher then contact
CROPSCAN, Inc. to discuss return of the DLC for repair.
If your system was purchased through a CROPSCAN, Inc. Reseller, then the return and a possible loaner will have to be arranged through them.
This concludes the test of the essential power related items.
Other Considerations / Operation:
The DLC normally powers-on (LED turns red) when the DLC receives a character from the CT100 or TERMINAL program running on a PC. If the DLC receives an Enter character as the second character within a couple seconds after the first character, it will set its serial baud rate based on that of the CT100 (300 baud) or TERMINAL program (9600 baud) or the baud rate of some other serial terminal (9600 baud maximum) and if the DLC receives an Enter character as the third character within a couple seconds after the second it will stay powered on and operate whatever program is loaded in the DLC, otherwise the DLC will go back to sleep.
So, the normal wake-up operation of the DLC is to have a terminal connected to the DLC and press the Enter key at approximately one second intervals at least three times. The first Enter key wakes the DLC, the second Enter allows the DLC to automatically determine the correct baud rate to use and the third Enter is for verification. If other than the Enter key is being pressed, the DLC will simply and automatically go back to sleep on the assumption that the character input may be coming from some other serial source or an operator not pressing the correct key (i.e. Enter key).
The DLC.BAS or MSR.BAS programs, running in the DLC can be configured to leave the DLC powered-on continuously (i.e. not automatically power-off), however the default setting is to automatically power-off after 255 seconds of operator inactivity (i.e. no keystrokes for 255 seconds). It may be possible, had there been an interruption of normal program execution or if you are running some program of your own in the DLC, for the DLC to stay powered-on continuously.
If the DLC.BAS or MSR.BAS program is loaded in the DLC and the DLC is not powering-off then press and release the Soft RESET button recessed in the back panel of the DLC. You will need a small pointed object, like a bent paper clip to reach through the small Soft RESET hole to activate the Soft RESET. If the DLC is operating properly, a Soft RESET will cause the DLC to go back to sleep (power-off and LED to go dark) within several seconds of pressing the Soft RESET.
If the DLC does NOT power-off after pressing the Soft RESET then you may try pressing the Hard RESET. The Hard RESET will cause the DLC's program and data memory to be erased and and the DLC will 'Beep' once to indicate that has happened. After the Beep, the DLC will be expecting to receive two Enter keys so it can establish the Terminal baud rate. After that, the DLC will send a prompt asking if Security should be enabled. Normally you would respond by typing N for No and press Enter. The DLC Main Menu would then appear. At this point, you would take option 10 to put the DLC to sleep and then Reload MSR Program and Configuration/Calibration.
If the DLC does not power-off after a Soft or Hard RESET or does not sound a Beep after a Hard RESET then the DLC is malfunctioning and should be returned to CROPSCAN, Inc. for diagnosis and repair.
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