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Goals and Symptoms
How to Display the Time remaining in Test Mode Using ION Setup
Causes and Fixes
Step 1: Storing the start time of the test mode
Create a module under the store module (For this example the module is called StoreTestTime)
This step is to create a module under the arithmetic module folder that will compute the time remaining in Test Mode. This value will be stored in this module and displayed on the Test Mode window.
The inputs to this module are the universal clock time, TestModeStart (created in step1) and the TestModeTimeout Register that can be set by the user (see Appendix A). The TestModeTimeout value is mapped to the 0x772D register. (See appendix A for how to determine where this value is mapped to) Once these links are created the setup registers must be set up to four functions:
-compute time surpassed since test started
-make the value equal to the TestModeTimeout Value, if not counting
-ensure that the lowest value that can be returned is zero
-subtract the total time from the time surpassed to return the time remaining in test mode
For this example each step is broken down into a setup register result, thus only the 4th result (CountDownValue) will be called later and is the only one labeled. In order to display this value in the Test Mode Display Screen the register it is mapped to must be determined. This is done by holding CTRL down and pushing the Output tab. The register for this example is 0x4AAD.
Step 3: Displaying the results in the Test Mode Screen
This step allows the user to see the time remaining in test mode from the test mode screen. This value will be listed in seconds and should be the same number of seconds as is displayed on the meter screen in the bottom right hand corner when the meter is put in test mode.
Firstly, find the ION Setup\Tables\PML8600 folder. From here, select the folder that represents the meter you are working with, whether it is the A,B, C or default. For this example the meter is in the form B default framework category. Inside this folder is the QuickIon file. It is initially read only, so one must select the properties and change this setting to allow you to write in this file. Then open the file in notepad. Scroll down the verification section. Continue scrolling and add the lines highlighted in Figure 17, 18 and 19. This first change is to add a section to the first test mode tab. The second change is to label the new group, called Test Mode Time Remaining in this example. The last change is to label the first field and link the CountDownValue created in step 2 to the new field created.
Figure 20 shows the new look Test Mode Display screen.