Shutdown issue...maybe

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When I shut my 6500 down I push the power button and it then says shutting down on the display and a few seconds later it is shutdown. Other times, particularly when I have had the radio running for a longer time I push the button, nothing happens and the display doesn't change. Then about a minute later it abruptly shuts down like I had held the power button.

I'm not sure this is a problem, but it would seem that the radio should shutdown consistently. I worry that when it has been running a while it isn't able to do a graceful shutdown and so it does the equivalent of holding the power button.

Jon...kf2e
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Gerald - K5SDR, Employee

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That's Linux doing its thing.  Sometimes it does more cleanup work than others.  No harm if it is not graceful though.  I pull the plug many times in the lab.
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Sort of similar - when I push the power button - my 6300 takes about 50 seconds to shut down, no blinking (IF I had only used the receiver). If I use the transmitter, and then push the power button, it blinks and shuts down right away. Strange...
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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We are aware of this defect too.  It is on the books to address in a future version of SmartSDR.
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Hello,  Do I have the same phenomenon from time to time, the button off, doesn't permit to close the flex......... why?  
flex 6300,1.2.17 ,bone win 7 64 bits , 
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Jon - in general, Gerald is correct in that there are times where the radio hardware will take a little longer than a few seconds to shut down because Linux is doing a little housekeeping.  However, the times where the radio takes ~1 minute to shut down, this is usually due to the SmartSDR firmware not closing properly when the shutdown script is run and Linux ends up doing a "forced shutdown" of the firmware which is the same as holding down the power button when shutting down.

When a forced shutdown happens, it is not a dirty shut down of Linux per se, It is where Linux gives up trying to gracefully shut down a SmartSDR process and proceeds with shutting down Linux normally, which it usually does fairly quickly and then the PSoC powers down the processors in the radio.  The file system in the radio is really very resilient.  I have never observed a corrupted file system from pulling the DC power from the radio or by pressing and holding the power button for 5 seconds to initiate a forced shut down and I have done both about a gazillion times since I received one of the first prototype 6000s. So there is no significant risk in doing this.

However, we have identified a possible defect in v1.3 where after selecting multiple global profiles, the radio firmware hangs when trying to shut down normally and this is what you may be experiencing.  We'll get this resolved, but in the mean time doing a forced shut down should not be of any great concern.
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Tim,

This make perfect sense and I thank you for the reply. I would comment that this isn't something that started with 1.3, it's done this for a while.  As long as it isn't an issue I'm fine with however it shuts down.

Jon...kf2e

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