Communications Setup

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Communications Setup

Prior to operation the M.O.L.E. Profiler must be configured to properly communicate with the M.O.L.E.® MAP Software.

Important Information

The M.O.L.E.® MAP software must be installed prior to communications setup. (Refer to Software Installation for more information).

To connect the M.O.L.E. Profiler:

1)Insert the USB computer interface cable into a computer USB Port and the other end into the PTP® RX.

M.O.L.E. Profiler Connection

Important Information

The first time a PTP® RX is connected to a computer the Status LED illuminates Orange indicating that it is not communicating with the computer and two drivers are required to be installed. One is a device driver for the PTP® RX and the other is for USB Serial Port communication. The operating system displays the installation status on the taskbar.

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2)Some operating systems such as Windows XP may require the user to manually install the PTP® RX device driver. When prompted to search for the location of the device driver, select No, not at this time and follow the remaining wizard instructions closely.

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3)Select "Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)".

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4)Make sure the Search for the best driver in these locations radio button is selected. Then unselect the Search removable media (floppy, CD-ROM...) checkbox, select the Include this location in the search checkbox and browse to the \DriverGP folder on the M.O.L.E.® MAP Software installation CD.

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Important Information

The drive letter displayed in the illustration is D:\. CD-ROM drive letters may be different depending on computer specific configurations.

5)Once the device drivers have been located, the wizard installs them.  

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6)When the Installation has completed, select the Finish command button.  

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7)Once PTP® RX device driver installation is complete, a second driver installation wizard automatically begins that guides the user to install the USB Serial Port driver. When prompted to search for the location of the device driver, select No, not at this time and follow the remaining wizard instructions closely.

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8)Select "Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)".

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9)Make sure the Search for the best driver in these locations radio button is selected. Then unselect the Search removable media (floppy, CD-ROM...) checkbox, select the Include this location in the search checkbox and browse to the \DriverGP folder on the M.O.L.E.® MAP Software CD.

ptpvp8_driver_install-4_(xp)

Important Information

The drive letter displayed in the illustration is D:\. CD-ROM drive letters may be different depending on computer specific configurations.

10)Once the device drivers have been located, the wizard installs them.  

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11)When the Installation has completed, select the Finish command button.  

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12)Now that both drivers are installed, the PTP® RX Status LED will be illuminated Red.

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13)A PTP® VP-8 calibration file (PTP.INI) that is unique to the PTP® TX, must be copied to the M.O.L.E.® MAP software directory.
14)Insert the Flash memory drive included in the PTP® VP-8 Kit into a USB Port. Copy the calibration file (PTP.INI) to the C:\ecd\MOLEMAP\ directory.

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15)The Communication (COM) Port must now be configured in the software to match the same COM Port as the computer so they can communicate.
16)Insert the On/Off Male Plug connector into the Female On/Off Power connector on the PTP® TX. This Female powerconnector is marked that with an "S".

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17)Once the PTP® TX has turned ON, the Status LED on the  PTP® RX will illuminate Green which indicates the PTP® VP-8 System RF link has been established.

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18)Start the software program by either double-clicking the M.O.L.E.® MAP software icon or selecting it from the ECD program sub-menu.

Start Program

19)On the M.O.L.E. menu, click the Select Instrument command.
20)Select the desired instrument from the dialog box. If there are none displayed, click the Scan for Instruments command button to detect all available instruments.

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Important Information

If the software does not detect a M.O.L.E. Profiler, using the communication cable connect it to the computer and click the Scan for Instruments command button to search again. M.O.L.E.® MAP software allows multiple instruments to be connected to a computer at one time. Selecting the Scan for Instruments command button will detect all instruments and display them in the dialog box. If no instrument is detected the software displays all of the Demonstration thermal profilers to select from.

21)Click the OK command button to accept or Cancel to quit the command without selecting the instrument.
22)Turn the PTP® TX power by removing the On/Off Male Plug connector from the Female On/Off Power connector.