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I am trying to read the counter register of the hardware counter build into the controller that runs DAQ 5.79A.

To do that I need to use several external functions. I am having trouble with some of the functions that want a constant to be parsed to it (according to controller manufacturer).

From Manufacturers documentation:

Prototype: Status = CounterEventStart(LONG handle, USHORT counter, USHORT usCTRGate)


handle = Assigned by DeviceOpenFunction (done and no problem - Digital in/outputs work with the handle)

counter = counter number (use 0 for counter on digital input 1)

usCTRGate = Control operation: (1) CFG_CTR_STOP or (2) CFG_CTR_START


Extern("Driver.dll","long CounterEventStart(LONG, USHORT, USHORT)","DIO_StartCntr","stdcall")

(also tried cdecl instead of stdcall)

calling the function in DAQ:

global string CounterDLL

CounterDLL[0] = DIOStartCntr(DIOHandle, 0, "CFG_CTR_START")

Unfortunately the counter doesn't start.

The hardware manufatcturer provides a sample application where the counter is working fine. I can also use this sample application to start the counter and then in DAQ use an external function (CounterEventRead(....)) to read the counter register no worries. The difference between the functions that work and the ones that don't are the arguments I parse in as a string (i.e. "CFG_CTR_START"). The response to an enquiry to the manufacturer was that these "CFG_CTR_...." are constants declared in the driver (DLL)

The manufacturer also provides sample code in C#:

errCde = Driver.CounterEventStart(DeviceHandle, currentCounter, Driver.CFG_CTR_START)

As you can see they parse CFG_CTR_START not as a string but something else (I guess).

How would I have to parse this last argument to the function?

If I don't use a string the function returns an error code with meaning "invalid parameter". If I use a string it returns a 0 (for success) but I can use any string, "Please_start" also returns a 0 but the counter doesn't start!

Any ideas what else I could try would be much appreciated, Thank You.

(I can provide the C# sample code and documentation if it would be of use)

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Your prototype specifies a USHORT not a string, so you can't put "CFG_CTR_START" in its place. DAQFactory does not know what CFG_CTR_START is, and if it did, it would be without "", because the quotes indicate a string, not a constant. You have two options:

1) look in the header file provided for CFG_CTR_START and find the number assigned to it. If its C it will likely be either:

#define CFG_CTR_START xxx


const unsigned short CFG_CTR_START = xxx

where xxx is the constant.

DAQFactory has an include() function that may be able to parse the header for the constants. Just do:

include("c:\mypath to header file\headerfile.h")

then all constants should come through as constants in DAQFactory. They'll even appear in the intellisense drop down when you are typing. Then you can do:

CounterDLL[0] = DIOStartCntr(DIOHandle, 0, CFG_CTR_START)

No guarantees though that the include() will work. We made it so it will handle simple constants, but if your header file has a lot of fancy C, compiler directives and the like it may not do it properly. To find out if it worked, do:


at the command/alert window after doing the include()

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