Hammerfall Test Software: Hardware Check
Testing such a versatile hardware as the RME Hammerfall
series requires several expensive test and measurement systems. But there's
an inexpensive and simple to use alternative: Hammerfall
performs a fast and complete selftest of all Hammerfalls and their
interfaces found in the current system. And it can be used without special
knowledge or specialized hardware.
Here's how it works:
- The card(s) must be installed under Windows 98/SE/ME
using the latest drivers
- Make a loop connection amongst all I/O ports: ADAT1
in to ADAT1 out, ADAT2 in to ADAT2 out, SPDIF in to SPDIF
out. The 9652
adds word clock in to word clock out, plus ADAT3 in to ADAT3
- Start the program
The program runs in a DOS window and displays several messages.
Number of found cards
Test start, card number
Type of card (9652 or 9636)
PLL Status: A1 = ADAT1,
N = No Lock, L = Lock etc. The picture to the right shows
ADAT3 not locked,
as no cable was connected.
Access and memory test:
Sends a 24bit test signal to ADAT Out and analyzes it at
ADAT In. With
this all possible error sources, from PC to the
Hammerfall's SRAM, are
tested. All channels of each port are tested on their own.
Thus the display
will show 8 P (Pass) or F (Failed) for ADAT1 to 3. The
ADAT3 failed, as the cable wasn't connected.
Summary: Pass (no error)
or Failed (error.)
The ZIP archive includes two versions of the program:
- w5236_test.exe tests the Windows version of the
- m5236_test.exe tests the Mac version of the Hammerfall
(this too is Windows software!)
Copyright © Matthias Carstens, 2000.
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