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Question When is Simtools checking COM port ?

Discussion in 'DIY Motion Simulator Building Q&A / FAQ' started by Arazok, Apr 10, 2019.

  1. Arazok

    Arazok Member

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    Hi,
    when exactly is Simtools checking the interfaces or better the serial connection ?
    Background: Simtools is automatically starting with Windows. Sometimes I do not have the Arduino plugged (or interface is used by Simutils) and I get an error message like "No connection to COM3".
    Do I have to manually close Simtools, plug the Arduino and restart Simtools ?
    Or is the COM port / serial interface checked more often and no closing/restart necessary ?

    thx, Arazok
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    Normally connection is made when games are started but not always. AC for example starts when a race starts. And if you mean SMC3 utilities close it before starting a game.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2019
  3. Arazok

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    Ok, thanks. It would be great, if the interfaces are ALWAYS checked when you start a plugin, that would avoid iconvenient hand grips when Simtools is started without a connected USB serial interface. Maybe a hint for the next release.
    When Simtutils is running, I help myself by switching to UDP listening and then I don't have to restart Simtools.