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Dec 17, 2018

Connecting the Dome to POTH

8 comments

I continue to have problems in setting up the POTH rotation.

 

I have installed the following:

1) ASCOM Platform 6.4 SP1

2) Arduino.ini

3) PDM Dome Setup.exe

 

When entering the PDM Dome and PDM Shutter I get the following errors:

 

Rotator Error

Arduino: 1.8.8 (Windows 10), Board: "Arduino/Genuino Uno"

 

PDMRotator:22:26: error: RotatorClass.h: No such file or directory

compilation terminated.

 

exit status 1

RotatorClass.h: No such file or directory

This report would have more information with

"Show verbose output during compilation"

option enabled in File -> Preferences.

 

Shutter Error

Arduino: 1.8.8 (Windows 10), Board: "Arduino/Genuino Uno"

PDMShutter:44:29: error: PDMShutterClass.h: No such file or directory

compilation terminated.

Exit status 1

PDMShutterClass.h: No such file or directory

 

This report would have more information with

"Show verbose output during compilation"

option enabled in File -> Preferences.

 

I have confirmed the proper COM port and have attempted to Rotator unit to POTH. I the screen shows that it is connecting, but it never finishes the connection.

 

Any assistance on or off line would be appreciated.

Dec 18, 2018

How do you get error about file that are for the firmware in the ACOM setup/install !?

Can we have some screenshot as none of this sound normal.

You should only need to install PDMDome0523Setup.exe present in the PDMDome0523Setup.zip from there : https://github.com/pmeloy/NexDome/releases

The other files are for developers and unless you're working on the firmware they are of no use for you.

Also this ASCOM driver only works with version 0.5.2.2 and 0.5.2.3 of the firmware (which is what you should have).

 

 

Dec 18, 2018

Hi Rodolphe,

 

I am in no way computer savvy, but am more of a plug and play person. This is probably why I am having so much trouble. I attempted to copy and paste a WORD document to this reply, showing the exact procedure I followed, but the screen shots only came out as small cameras. Is there some way I can send this document to you off-line?

Thanks

Bill

 

 

Dec 18, 2018

@William Hansen

IF you attach a word document for the screenshot it probably doesn't display as screenshot on the forum but as attached file as word doc are not images. Can you attache the images instead and not put them in a word document ?

Side note : I don't work for NexDome so I don't want to put my email address here as I'm just trying to help. And I don't use Windows with ASCOM but your problem is not yet relate to ASCOM as you haven't even installed the ASCOM driver.

 

Dec 19, 2018

Thanks, I will see what I can do. I am hoping that Babak will assist.

Dec 19, 2018

Ok, hopefully you can post the screenshot here so we can help you.

 

Dec 19, 2018

I will have that tomorrow. The moon looks great!

Dec 21, 2018

you say the error refers to a Arduino UNO <----- next dome doesn't use the uno board. It uses the Leonardo boards. check under tools in the arduino software and make sure

it shows (choose) leonardo board and verify your com port. Don't pick the UNO in the list.

 

Dec 21, 2018

best way will be to allow babak or someone (I'd take a try) into your machine with team viewer. its free install it and it will give you a pw. and computer ID. If you share that with someone you trust you can let them in to configure your machine as if they're sitting at your keyboard.

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