TS200 SERIAL PORT OPERATION
A serial port is provided on TS200 Timestoppers shipped since December 2004.   The serial port can be used to show race results on a computer screen.
The specifications for the port (e.g. COM1:) are as follows:
9600 baud, 8 bits, no parity and one stop bit.
An interconnection cable (a straight-through extension cable, not a NULL-Modem cable) can be purchased from the TIMESTOPPER web site.
The following is a description of the information that will be seen on the computer screen.
At turn on, there is a Timestopper Sign On message indicating the Software Version being used.
When the timer is ready to time a race, a READY message will be seen.   At the end of the race, the results will be indicated as follows:
For this example, assume that you have a five lane unit and that the finish is 5,4,3,2,1:
Lane 5           2.345     Winner
Lane 4           3.456     Place
Lane 3           4.567     Show
Lane 2           5.678
Lane 1           6.789
If a lane fails to finish in the allotted time (approximately 9 seconds) the message would be as follows:
Lane x           0.000     Failed to finish.
The front panel RESET/LaneSelector pushbutton is still available to select results for all active lanes.
A RESET function is also available through the serial port.   Typing the letter "r" or "R" will Reset the timer in the same manner as holding down the front panel RESET/LaneSelector pushbutton for several seconds.
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