When the Dog Bites – Losing the SDR Computer 26 - June - 2011Posted by k9zw in Amateur Radio, K9ZW, K9ZW Just Rambled.
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Seems that I have a had a brief run of things to fit at the K9ZW shack.
The rotor issue turned out to be a broken wire. Repaired and waterproofed without bringing everything down.
The the computer glitches set in.
First it has been missing extension DLLs for the import accessory program for DXBase, the logging program I bought at Dayton. My guess is that the program was complied on a system with some extensions, and the compiler didn’t incorporate that optional 3rd-party code into the program. Waiting for Neal to fill me in on how to fix that.
Next it was a struggle to install the new FlexControl as I had obsolete virtual-com software running, and I have a USB based 8 serial port accessory. Thought I finally had that all sorted after a pair of long sessions. I’ve reason to think that I may have not got it right in the end.
Now it is the main SDR computer having “the flu” and refusing to boot. Checks run good, checks when booted from a Linux Live-CD look fine. Have the drives out and running in-depth full disk checks while in a mule test machine as I write, but the system simply won’t boot.
The class of error suggests some sort of I/O vs driver issues. Hmmm – did I get all those obsolete pesky v-com/v-usb things off the machine?
No matter what, the station as I usually run it is down.
Leaves me choices of “off the air” (which I picked for now) or tearing my station apart to put in a transceiver that isn’t computer dependent.
The Pegasus I had run for several years still needs a computer. I’ve sold most of the other conventional rigs, so I don’t have something “plug and play” ready to swap in. My error.
Guess I need to put that on the list of tasks, and I have to think through how I am backing up the main SDR machine – either a standby unit or a quickly repurposed unit with all the Firewire, USB and Serial ports ready to work.
Have to give this all some thought.
UPDATE – Turns out an easy fix for the tech – less than a 1/2 hour of time. Hard to 100% diagnose what failed, though indications is that the Antivirus Program somehow did an update that failed leaving it in limbo between build/update versions. After using the special “My Antivirus Software is broken Deinstaller Program” and doing a reinstall, all is well. Did have to reinstall a few select drivers, which is OK and took only a few moments. Does bring up a question – do all-in-one Transceivers which directly connect to the net have any Antivirus needs and are they vulnerable to remote manipulation or corruption? Will have to explore that question…. 73 Steve K9ZW