Jens - All our PCs are Intel based. But, I do not think that makes any difference. The problem is with Isodat software; not the PCs, not the XP.
In the last couple of days, I installed Isodat in various combinations and tried: Three PCs - Intel processors with varied speeds, different motherboards etc .; Three XP SP2 versions - 1. an image given by our IT dept, 2. a clean installation CD from Microsoft that required SP2 update, and 3. an SP2 included version.
None worked! They all hung up when I started the acquisition.
Then I somehow managed to access the old hard drive and copied the Isodat_backups folder and installed it on the new PC. I updated the version handler in the new PC. When I tried to open the Isodat it asked me to create a configuration first.
Instead of creating new configurations and there by methods and etc. I, out of curiosity, copied the whole Finnigan folder from the old hard drive and copied it on to the new PC and let it replace all the files in the destination with the same names.
And it worked. Old methods, sequences everything. Then I uploaded the *.sss file to the PAL sampler again (only because previously I did a fresh PAL upload on the new PC) and I am back to work. This worked on all the three PCs and all the three versions of XP SP2. No exceptions.
This - a simple installation - should not have to be this difficult! It is all the more frustrating because there appears to be no rhyme or reason for the Isodat to not work on a fresh installation, with a new version handler. I shudder to think what I could have possibly done had I not been able to access the old hard drive to pull out the version handler backup. I wish someone tells me that I am wrong and all this can be rationally explained and this installation does not have to be a hit or miss or shooting in the dark, blindly hoping it will work.
And, I made backups of both the Finnigan and the Isodat_backups folders and saved them in ten different places. :-)
Thank you all again for your ideas.
From: Stable Isotope Geochemistry [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Dyckmans, Jens
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 6:25 AM
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we experienced the exact same problem when we used a computer with AMD processor. Switching to a computer with intel processor solved the problem.
Von: Stable Isotope Geochemistry [mailto:[log in to unmask]] Im Auftrag von Machavaram, Madhav
Gesendet: Montag, 14. März 2016 14:30
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Betreff: [ISOGEOCHEM] Isodat Acquisition problem
Hi All, (and esp. those ISL masters!)
Recently I had to change the PC running the Delta Plus with Gas Bench and H-Device attached to it. Long story, but I had to do all the installations afresh. Installed Isodat 2.63 on Windows XP sp.2, the same configuration as before. I cannot go further because of PCI-GPIB limitation. All the installations, mass calibrations etc went through smoothly.
- However, when I start a sequence, it freezes after opening the ACQ scan window.
- The stop buttons on both the sequence and ACQ windows grey out. Time window remains blank. No response what so ever.
- If I try to close the ACQ window, the standard warning - the window is locked - pops up just fine.
- Click on the red button on the task bar and the "terminate the run?" Window also pops up. But saying yes will have no effect.
- The only option to close the acquisition window (not the ACQ scan) is through the task manager and kill the isoscan.exe
I can send you a screenshot if that helps. (Not sure I can attach a picture here.)
My suspicion is some part of a script is corrupted, but I did not see any warnings during installation. Or the ACQ is hanging because it is not getting the required handshake from somewhere?
- Since I can open and close gases, actuate the 6port valve etc, in other words can communicate with Gas Bench, I doubt it is any hardware or firmware issue.
- Same happens when I do a stability run, mere on/off sequence.
- Acquisition works fine in Dual Inlet mode.
- I re-installed the software a couple of times and also used a different PC, but no use.
- I begged, prayed, threatened, cursed, walked out on it, bought flowers, serenaded..
Guess, I am at my wit's end.
Any help (or a wild idea) is appreciated.
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