Update:- Just started SSDR (yet again) and all is well. I have been battling with this for over 20 mins and had a good few arguments with the XYL as well. Numerous restarts of the rig, SSDR and DAX.
DAX seems pretty temperamental and I hope there are some fixes in the pipeline to improve its robustness..
You may want to consider listening to your radio through the speaker jack, rather than through your PC. It generally gives a bit better results. Save DAX for digital modes or things that require the PC for processing.
FYI, almost never will you need to re-install SSDR. With a solid network connection and a beefy video card, I've found it works remarkably well. DAX does occasionally get temperamental and need to be restarted. A lot of the issues folks have on here come directly from re-installations, where multiple (sometimes MANY multiple) phantom DAX and CAT devices/ports can be found in the Windows Device Manager (hint: view hidden devices). With those leftover cleared away, it's usually pretty clear sailing.
Enjoy that radio!
I wouldn't recommend that anyone do a direct connect. Too many flaky (non routable) ip that way
I have had a fixed ip for my 6700 since the beginning using the router to assign it via the MAC address
Never had an ip issue. Also don't need to worry about starting sequence
I am of the "DAX is broke" opinion. Mine was working perfectly through the first two weeks I had the radio. At some point, I found I had to reboot everything when DAX would go to sleep. Then I had to completely re-install SSDR and DAX completely to get it back. Now, nothing works - not even a complete DAX/SSDR reboot and starting the PC first.
DAX works fine on receive, just no TX1 audio.
I tried the DAX restart. Even went into task manager and killed the DAX32 process, reloaded DAX, and got the same result. It does the same thing if I use channel 2. So, something is wrong somewhere. The strange thing is that it was working like a charm on FLDigi and JT-65HF and I didn't do anything to change the setup.
What digital client are you using?
I installed a new digital modes client, Airlink Express. Nice, clean little program. Same exact issue - receive is fine but no TX1 audio. Keys the radio, red light comes on, but no output. Grrrrrrr!
Try this. If you have no speakers or mics plugged into your PC, plug in a headset/mic or even two dummy plugs to make the sound driver think there are default sound devices installed. Try DAX again. If that doesn't work do the following:
Leave the headset/mic or dummy plugs installed, remove the sound card and ancillary drivers from device manager. Shut down the PC completely. Then bring the PC back up , let the PC find and install the audio drivers.
Now try SDR by starting CAT, then DAX then DDUtil (if you use it) the SmartSDR.
I know Flex has these DAX issues on their high priority list and it appears there are several levels of failure. Some are an easy reset while others appear to reset Windows sound card enumerations and possibly even corrupt some drivers.
There are several strings on the Board about DAX failures that all point to possible fixes and reasons for failures. There are commonalities and I'm sure that Flex has taken note of these and will have a fix shortly. The fix needs to correct the problem and not make other things fail. That takes time and testing. But you all know that :-)
Of course, brings little solace when then thin red line on TX doesn't move.
The required disclaimer: Your mileage may vary
Upon restoration, SSDR had the same issues, probably because of all the uninstalls and re-installs. So, I completely removed all SSDR components from the newly restored system, completely cleaned the registry, deleted any remaining directories that belonged to SSDR, and cleaned out the residual keys in the registry. I did a cold boot several times during the process. I completely re-installed everything.
Now DAX doesn't have TX audio at all. I mean the TX Audio choices are not even visible in Device Manager, only DAX RX Audio.
I completely re-installed SSDR over the existing copy - same deal.
I hope all this helps track down whatever is going on with DAX.
Steve, Did you use an image from 2 weeks ago of the entire machine or System Restore?
I use Acronis True Image on all of my machines and do incremental back-ups and the a full back-up every 10 increments. Works out to only being a few days between images. Takes up a lot of room on external drives but it has saved my a** many times including once with a DAX fail. It's $49 well spent.
No, it should not be necessary to do this but I look at SmartSDR and the peripheral software as a BETA until Flex gets at least to V2.0. Just like downloading and installing a technical preview of Windows OS (no nasty comments about Windows please). It's insurance plain and simple.
If something stops working and all the suggested fixes don't work it's important to separate hardware and software. By doing a reimage (takes about 60 min) I have my PC back to when everything was working reliably without depending on System Restore and manual deletions of programs, drivers and Registry entries. Then, if a problem still exists it has to be external to SmartSDR and either in the radio, networking set-up, etc.
As I remember Neil delivered all of his "Flex Ready PCs" (I have one he built from 4 years ago) with Acronis installed for the same reason. I was already using it by then on other projects but the same situation applies today.
Not preaching here but each of us has an investment in radios, hardware, software and most of all our time which Flex takes very seriously.
Their success depends upon delivering cutting edge technology and the software interface to make it all work. Flex doesn't have 16 million Beta testers like Microsoft. They have us, the Flex 6000 Series early adopters (yes that's us) who use a variety of systems, 3rd party software and hardware each one presenting a different overall experience and challenges.
This Flex Community very much resembles many Developer sites where issues are presented, questions answered, insights and ideas are shared. Bravo for a company the size of Flex Radio Systems providing such a forum and the interest shown by much of the leadership team actually reading most everything and answering or making a statement here themselves. Most other companies would have a staff person mining the site and using scripts for answers.
And to those who are reading this, a bow to you all for your consistent interest in sharing your experiences, knowledge, insight, traumas and successes.
And now, back to your regularly scheduled program.....
The bad news is that I am not sure what fixed it. Jon, I think you were on to something when you mentioned files getting corrupted outside of SSDR. What I did was just a WIndows system restore. That replaced the sound card drivers which may (or may not) have had anything to do with the problem. I wish I had a more definitive answer - hopefully one will come to light as this problem gets explored further.
I have a solid state drive on a Shuttle i7/Quad core PC that I built myself. I have a second external solid state drive that I image the whole drive to - when I remember to do it. It's been a while or I would have used my backup image instead of a system restore. You can bet I will be re-imaging that drive before I go to bed tonight.