Insure that the device hardware is connected to the host PC and powered-on as described in the previous Making Connections section.
Launch the Hardware Control Tool (AxsunHardwareControlTool.exe) and confirm that both Laser Engine and DAQ boards are detected as shown in the top left corner of the Hardware Control Tool main window:
When connected successfully, the Hardware Control Tool will indicate a connected DAQ board with interface listed as "Ethernet" and a connected Laser Engine (or Light Source) listed with interface listed as "via DAQ". This is because the Laser Engine is communicating to the host PC over a RS-232 link between the two boards and then through the DAQ's Ethernet connection.
When connected successfully, the Hardware Control Tool will indicate a connected DAQ board and a connected Laser Engine (or Light Source) with both interfaces listed as "USB".
Launch the Image Capture Tool (AxsunImageCaptureTool.exe) and make the appropriate selection when prompted for either an Ethernet or PCIe capture session:
The Image Capture Tool window will show a blank image and the selected session type will be indicated at the top of the window:
If installation errors were encountered when starting the session, the Image Capture Tool will support review of previously saved data files only. See the DAQ Troubleshooting article to overcome the errors and then try again.
Press the LASER: ON button on the Hardware Control Tool. When the laser is emitting,
an indicator next to the LASER: buttons will turn bright green:
an infrared phosphor card will show light emitted from the laser output fiber:
and a LED on the long edge of the Laser Engine board will illuminate:
Press the EQAQ: LIVE button on the Hardware Control Tool:
Press the PCIeDAQ: LIVE button on the Image Capture Tool's PCIe tab:
The Image Capture Tool will immediately begin to update with live images and an indicator in the lower left region of the window will turn bright green to indicate Live Imaging. If you have not yet connected an Image_sync trigger, the Width (A-scans) indicator will show 256 (the default in Force Trigger mode) and an indicator in the lower left region of the window will turn bright red to indicate that Force Trigger mode is active:
If you have connected a valid Image_sync trigger, the Width (A-Scans) will correspond to the instantaneous period of incoming Image_sync trigger pulses and the Returned Image # will be counting up monotonically:
Press the EDAQ: OFF button on the Hardware Control Tool.
Press the PCIeDAQ: OFF button on the Image Capture Tool's PCIe tab.
Press the LASER: OFF button on the Hardware Control Tool.
The Axsun Integrated Engine can be turned off by unplugging the power supply cable on either the DC or AC side of the AC/DC adapter.