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5. GUI Installation and Operation

Running the GUI

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Use the following steps to run the MatrixPRO GUI:

1.Turn on MatrixPRO and wait for a complete system boot up.

2.Ensure that your PC (or laptop) is connected to MatrixPRO either via serial (RS-

232)or via Ethernet.

~For Serial Connection:

Connect the MatrixPRO’s Serial port to an available serial (RS232) port on your laptop or PC.

Ensure that MatrixPRO’s baud rate is set to 115200. In Chapter 4, refer to theRS-232 Settings Menu” section onpage 37 for instructions.

~For Ethernet Connection:

Connect MatrixPRO’s Ethernet port to a Hub or Switch.

Connect the Ethernet Hub or Switch to your PC. Remember that a totally “local” network is recommended, without IP connections to the outside world.

3.On your PC, run the Control GUI application by clicking Start > Programs > Barco Folsom > MatrixPRO DVI 8x8 Software #.## > MatrixPRO DVI GUI.

The MP Control Dialogappears:

Figure 5-5. MP Control Dialog

4.Select the desired connection type:

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Click Yes to connect via serial communications. ClickNo to connect via Ethernet.

With all conditions for a proper connection met, the GUI will appear. Please continue with the “GUI Overview” section onpage 59.

If you experience trouble with the connection, refer to the “Connection Troubleshooting” section onpage 58 for further instructions.

Please note the following important points regarding control and connection:

Only one Ethernet socket is available — so only one remote GUI can be accommodated at one time. However, MatrixPRO can still be controlled via RS232 serial commands or the Front Panel while simultaneously being controlled over Ethernet (by devices such as Encore and remote control panels).

If the unit is controlled by other sources, press Read from MatrixPRO on theVideo Switching Tab as necessary to find the current status of the MatrixPRO.

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Running the GUI

If an operation (such as a route) is not completed by using a TAKE command via the Front Panel or via serial commands, the GUI can fall into an unknown state and operation may become unreliable.

To prevent any operational difficulties or conflicts, it is recommended that you activate the Front Panel Lockout feature on theSetup Tab.

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If you experienced difficulty connecting to the GUI (in step 4 in the “Running the GUI” section), please note the following important troubleshooting steps:

To troubleshoot Serial connection problems:

1.If you selected Yes in step4, and MatrixPRO’s baud rate was not set to 115200 (or the wrong PC port was connected to MatrixPRO), a series of error messages will be shown.

2.Click OK to clear each message, after which the GUI will appear.

3.Check the cable and COM port connections between your PC and MatrixPRO.

4.On MatrixPRO, reset the baud rate to 115200. In Chapter 4, refer to theRS-232 Settings Menu” section onpage 37 for instructions.

5.On the GUI, in the Menu Bar, click Serial Port > Connect to MatrixPRO DVIto establish communications.

To troubleshoot Ethernet connection problems:

1.If you selected No in step4, and an Ethernet connection could not be found (or an IP address mismatch exists), an error message will be shown.

2.Click OK to clear the message, after which the GUI will appear.

3.Check all Ethernet connections.

4.Make a note of MatrixPRO’s IP address. In Chapter 4, refer to the “IP Address” section onpage 37 for instructions.

Note

The default IP address is 192.168.000.243.

 

 

5.On the GUI, click the Setup Tab.

6.In the IP Address field, enter MatrixPRO’s IP address.

7.Click the Change IP Addressbutton.

8.Click the Ethernet radio button to establish communications.

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