ALICE 1.2, dc meter-source 1.3 crashes

I installed the executable ALICE 1.2 software on a Windows 10 64 bit machine. All of the tools work fine EXCEPT the dc meter-source 1.3 tool. When I open it and click the RUN dot box, the app window fades a little and then the (not responding) message appears at the top. I have to use the Task Manager to get out of it. However, when I open the Datalogger tool, it causes the meter-source tool to also open and then it works (although when any changes are made in the meter-source window, I have to click the  "stop" and then "run" buttons in the datalogger in order for those changes to happen. I did not find anyone else with this error in the EngineerZone, so.... any help? Thoughts? Things to try?

Thanks,

Dale Litwhiler

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    •  Analog Employees 
    on May 12, 2020 1:06 PM

    To be clear I think you meant to say ALICE 1.3. Sorry about that, the bug was recently reported on GitHub (last week). Latest release of ALICE 1.3 fixes the issue:

    https://github.com/analogdevicesinc/alice/releases

    The data logger has included a set of controls for the DC sources for some time now. As opposed to the strip chart recorder that does not.

    Doug

  • Thanks for replying so quickly. Yes, version 1.3, my bad. Before I made the post yesterday (5/11/20), I downloaded the latest version from github onto a different computer and it exhibited the same problem. So, I think that was after the fix was supposed to have been implemented? It appears that the link you posted below (above?) goes to a different download page on github than the link on this page: https://wiki.analog.com/university/tools/m1k/alice/desk-top-users-guide

    Perhaps there are two "latest" versions of "alice-desktop-1.3-setup.exe" on github?

    Thanks again, for your help,

    Dale

  • update:  When I followed the link provided above, it goes to a later version of alice-desktop-1.3-setup.exe. When I installed the later version, the dc-meter-source tool works fine. Perhaps you could update the link? I have 20+ students that will be downloading the wrong new version for class that starts next week (but that is my problem, not yours). I am still very impressed with the hardware and software quality and price. Looking forward to using it this summer.

    ..and while I am here... The Alice M1K DeskTop window does not close when you click the "Exit" button or even the "X" in the upper right corner. I found that I must switch over to the DOS window that is also open and click the "X" on that window to close everything. Not complaining, just reporting, really. Thanks!

    Dale

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    •  Analog Employees 
    on May 12, 2020 7:18 PM in reply to DLitwhiler

    Never seen that behavior. It exits properly for me. If I can't reproduce the issue I can't track down a cause (if there is one). What steps did you go through before exiting? Does it do it right from the start that is if you click exit immediately after program opens? Are you running the program in a folder with write permission? Program needs to write the last configuration file before closing.

    I will need much more info. Can you by chance try running the python source code from the python editor iDLE. Try exiting the program and see if it throws an error.?

    Thanks

    Doug

  • update:  When I followed the link provided above, it goes to a later version of alice-desktop-1.3-setup.exe. When I installed the later version, the dc-meter-source tool works fine. Perhaps you could update the link? I have 20+ students that will be downloading the wrong new version for class that starts next week (but that is my problem, not yours). I am still very impressed with the hardware and software quality and price. Looking forward to using it this summer.

    ..and while I am here... The Alice M1K DeskTop window does not close when you click the "Exit" button or even the "X" in the upper right corner. I found that I must switch over to the DOS window that is also open and click the "X" on that window to close everything. Not complaining, just reporting, really. Thanks!

    Dale