Hammerfall DSP Test Software: Hardware Check
Testing such a versatile hardware as the RME Hammerfall
DSP 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 Hammerfall DSPs
and their I/O-box Digiface found in the 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 etc, SPDIF in to
SPDIF out, word
clock in to word clock out, MIDI In 1 to MIDI Out 1
- 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
- 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 I/O-box, are
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 screenshot
shows ADAT3 failed,
as the cable wasn't connected.
The same is true for the MIDI ports. Here too test-data will
be sent and
analyzed. In the picture to the right MIDI2 has failed, as
no cable was
- Summary: Pass (no error)
or Failed (error.)
Copyright © Matthias Carstens, 2001.
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