The UniOP eTOP C-series workstations are a family of state-of-the-art products offering an efficient platform for running the Microsoft Windows CE .NET operating system. This manual describes all operating systems features specific of the UniOP platform.
1 Introduction 3
2 Windows CE. NET Features Implemented in UniOP 4
3 Power-up 6
4 Control Panel Applets 7
5 OEM Applications 12
6 Serial Ports 16
7 Connecting UniOP to a PC via Microsoft ActiveSync 17
Appendix A. – System Start-up Diagnostic Information and troubleshooting 19
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The UniOP eTOP C-series workstations are a family of state-of-the-art products offering an efficient platform for running the Microsoft Windows CE .NET operating system.
Microsoft® Windows® CE is a robust, compact, highly efficient, scalable operating system (OS) that is designed for a variety of embedded systems and products. Its multithreaded, multitasking, fully pre-emptive OS environment is designed specifically for hardware with limited resources.
Windows CE .NET, the successor to Windows CE 3.0, combines an advanced real-time embedded operating system with the most powerful tools for rapidly creating the next generation of smart, connected, and small-footprint devices.
Windows CE .NET 4.2 supports Microsoft eMbedded Visual C 4.0 and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, providing a complete development environment for building Web services and applications for the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework, a subset of the Microsoft .NET Framework on the desktop. With these tools, developers can rapidly build smart designs running rich applications on the latest hardware.
To start develop the applications for Windows CE. NET on UniOP C-series eTOP products, you must install SDK for the specific WCE build image version. The SDK for UniOP C-series eTOP products is available on demand.
2Windows CE. NET Features Implemented in UniOP
The UniOP implementation of the Windows CE .NET 4.2 is particularly rich of features.
The Table 1 shows a list of all features and technologies of Windows CE. NET 4.2 that have been included in OEM build image for the eTOP C-series products.
Services, Tools, Features,
Applications and Services Development
The combined Web and application services of Windows CE .NET provide unprecedented opportunities to build smart, mobile, and connected devices that have integrated access to Windows operating systems, applications, databases, and the Internet.
Component Services: Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM)
Standard SDK for Windows CE .NET
Applications: End User
Ready-to-use applications perform common tasks and rely on underlying services, providing rapid application deployment within specific classes of devices, such as mobile handheld devices, data collection devices, and thin clients.
CAB File Installer/Uninstaller
File Viewers (Microsoft PowerPoint, Image, PDF)
Remote Desktop Connection
Core Operating System Services
Core operating system services contain information on the Windows CE kernel and other features common to all Windows CE platforms. The core operating system services enable low-level tasks such as process, thread, and memory management and provide some file system functionality.
USB Host Support – HID (Human input device), Printer, Remote NDIS, Storage class drivers
Serial port Support - UART, DMA UART
Debugging Tools (Toolhelp API)
Fonts (Tahoma, Times New Roman, Symbol)
Communication Services and Networking
Windows CE .NET provides networking and communications capabilities that enable devices to connect and communicate more securely with other devices and people over both wireless and wired networks.
File systems and data store enable devices to compress, store, or read data from RAM or ROM and have varying responsibilities from filtering to partitioning.
File and Database Replication
Multimedia and Browsing Services
The Internet connectivity modules enable you to build the most sophisticated Internet access devices. Off-the-shelf protocols are available at various levels to give you multiple Internet access options. Windows CE .NET includes the high performance Microsoft DirectX API and Microsoft Windows Media technologies found on desktop computers, enabling high-performance audio, video, and streaming media services on Windows CE .NET–based devices.
Basic Multimedia (streaming, WMV and MPEG-4 streaming)
Windows Media Player (Application, OCX, Technologies)
Shell and User Interface
Ready-to-use, built-in user interfaces (UI) and UI services can save you considerable time when you want to create the sophisticated, easy-to-use, graphical devices that users demand.
Custom Message Box
Graphics, Windowing, and Events
User Interface (customizable UI, software input panel, touch display)
Table 1. Windows CE 4.2 Features Implemented in the UniOP Platform
Immediately after power has been applied the unit will load the operating system showing in sequence a white page with the “loading Mips Code...” message followed by a screen with solid color that can be blue or green and finally the Windows CE Desktop.
The “Backup Battery Low” warning message is displayed in the lower right corner whenever the UniOP battery is low; in this case the standard UniOP Battery Low LED is also blinking in the upper left corner.
In case the unit does not start correctly, the panel will switch in Configuration Mode. Diagnostic information can be obtained if the Enter key (in the touch keypad at the lower right corner) is pressed for more than two seconds. Appendix A contains the description of the diagnostic information.
4Control Panel Applets
This chapter describes the applet included in the Control Panel folder. Please note that some of them are specific to the UniOP platform.
4.1Contrast / Brightness
Used to set contrast and brightness.
Depending on the display type. Contrast adjust is possible only in products with monochrome or STN color displays; brightness adjust is possible only in products with TFT color display
4.2Date / Time
Used to set date, time and time zone.
Applying changes to the time zone will update the registry.
Time will be saved through power cycles only if the backup battery is correctly installed.
Used to set dial-up location and dialing patterns.
Not necessary when connecting via LAN.
Used to set desktop image and screensaver idle time.
You can select between two possible desktop images or none (no desktop image).
Screensaver) idle time may be set in a range from 15 sec to 30 min. This feature turns off automatically the display backlight (the screen becomes black) after the touchscreen has been idle for the specified time. Tapping on the touchscreen will turn on the backlight again. The purpose of this feature is to extend the life of the backlight.
Used to set default web pages, connection settings and the level of security.
These settings are effective for browsing using Internet Explorer.
The same applet is accessible also from Internet Explorer in the ‘Tools/Options’ toolbar:
- under the ‘General’ tab, the Start and Search Page can be defined.
- in the ‘Connection’ tab it is necessary to set ‘Use LAN’ and ‘Access the Internet using proxy server’ with Address and Port, if the network connection is across a local network.
Used to set keyboard repeat rate and delay.
Applies only to external USB keyboards and not to the Virtual Keyboard (the Virtual Keyboard does not support repeat).
Used to set and test double-click sensitivity.
Applies to both external USB mouse and touchscreen.
4.8Network and Dial-up Connections
Used to enter change network driver settings and set-up for serial (Dial-up) connections.
In the UniOP platform there are two network drivers that can work simultaneously.
SMC LAN91C111 Ethernet 10/100 Mb/s
Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway 192.168.0.1
Name Servers (DNS, WINS) not required.
SMUX Ethernet 10 Mb/s
Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway 192.168.0.1
If DHCP server exist in the LAN it is sufficient to select the check box “Obtain an IP address via DHCP”
If a remote Web server is to be accessed, a proxy server must also be specified in Internet Options (see chapter 3.5.).
One dial-up connection is defined by default: ‘COM1 HW115200’. Its properties may be changed selecting the ‘Configure…’ tab. The default settings are:
New serial (Dial-up) connections can be added from “Make New Connection”.
Used to specify owner identification data and user name, password and domain for networking API/Redirector.
Owner identification or Notes may be shown at power on. Since there is no benefit from password for API/Redirector it is suggested to leave it blank.
Used to specify power-up password or screensaver password (turn the backlight on).
The user must type password at power-up or backlight on. If there is no USB keyboard it is recommended to leave it blank.
4.11 PC Connection
Used to control the connection between the Windows CE device and a desktop computer. If a different speed or port (COM2) is required for serial communication, change it here.
Connection settings are defined in Network and Dial-up Connections (4.8)
4.12 Regional Settings
Used to specify local settings for the Date/Time applet and number formatting.
Default setting is English (United States). Only subset of languages from Windows 2000/XP Regional Settings is available.
4.13 Remove Programs
Used to remove installed programs.
4.14 SMUX Assignment
SMUX refer to a UniOP-specific internal connection bus designed to offer a flexible association between Windows CE devices (COM ports) and UniOP physical ports.
There are two serial ports available as COM1 and COM2.
Used to set desired SMUX assignment, i.e. a link between DUART (COM1) and one of the communication ports (PLC, PC/Printer, and Aux port).
Changing this assignment may also cause other UARTs to be redirected. The only useful choices currently are:
PC/Printer (DB15 female)
PLC Port (DB15 male).
Used to mount and format the two Flash disks available in the platform:
DSK1 (External Memory)
DSK2 (Internal Memory).
Before formatting it is necessary to dismount the selected disk. Formatting is possible only from the ‘Properties’ toolbar. After formatting a certain disk, mounting and reset should be done.
Formatting DSK1 (External Memory) will cause registry settings to be erased.
Used to display general information and system memory set-up.
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System memory (RAM) is divided into Storage Memory and Program Memory. Some applications may require more Program memory to run smoothly. Changing memory assignment and saving to registry will start the application SysMemDiv.exe (see chapter 5.11) at the following power-up.
The “Storage Memory” is similar to a RAM disk in a desktop computer. It is used to store data and non-system applications; the “Program Memory” is used for stack and heap, for both system and non-system applications. Non-system applications are loaded from memory, uncompressed, and stored into Program Memory for execution.
More in detail, the RAM on a Windows CE device is divided into two areas: the object store and the Program Memory.
The object store resembles a permanent, virtual RAM disk. Data in the object store could be retained when the system is suspended or soft-reset, and devices typically have a backup power supply for the RAM, to preserve data if the main power supply is interrupted temporarily. When operation is resumed, the system looks for a previously created object store in RAM and uses it if one is found. Devices that do not have battery-backed RAM can use the hive-based registry to preserve data across boots.
Note: UniOP Windows CE workstations do not support retained RAM disks The remaining RAM is devoted to Program Memory. Program Memory works like the RAM in Personal Computers: it stores the heaps and stacks for the applications that are running.
On some Windows CE platforms, the system, under low-memory conditions, might ask the user for permission to take some object store RAM for use as program RAM to satisfy an application's RAM needs.
Memory settings are stored in the registry. The registry can be saved to the memory card using the “Registry save” shortcut placed on the Desktop. Double click on the icon to run the program; a message will confirm the completion of the operation.
4.17UniOP Config Mode
This enables the user to switch from Windows CE mode to UniOP Configuration Mode. In Configuration Mode the user can change some of the firmware/hardware settings of the product.
Only for advanced users.
This chapter contains the list and a short description of all OEM-supplied applications that have been included in OEM Windows CE for UniOP T2005 build image.
All OEM applications are placed in the /Windows folder of the UniOP build. All of them can be started from command prompt. The user should select ‘/Start/Programs/Command Prompt’ and type (the example for starting Batch.exe):
> cd /windows
> batch /windows/autoexec.bat
The OEM applications that do not need parameters can be started by double clicking on their icon in /Windows folder.
It is necessary to change ‘View’ options in Windows Explorer to see these applications. The user should select ‘View/Options’ and unselect all 3 check boxes. Windows Explorer can be started by selecting ‘/Start/Programs/Windows Explorer’ or by selecting the ‘My Computer’ icon on the desktop.
When a USB keyboard is not present, the user can enter text/numbers using this application that will show a pop-up touch keypad on the screen.
This application is started by clicking its icon in the right corner of Windows CE taskbar. Clicking the icon when the keyboard is shown, will close the application.
Purpose: save current registry to non-volatile memory
The registry is saved to External Memory in the subfolder /user in *.hv and *.mky files.
Registry should be explicitly saved after any registry change (for instance, after changing Control Panel settings or installing new programs). Registry information must be saved to non-volatile memory before turning off the device, otherwise information changed since last registry save will be lost.
A shortcut to this program has been placed on the desktop (“Registry save”).
Purpose: restore default ROM registry
The registry files can not be erased manually, because they are system files. This special application is available to delete changed registry settings and restore original settings.
It is necessary to restart UniOP after executing RegClean.exe, so that default registry settings can be restore and take effect.
A shortcut to this program is available on the desktop (“Restore ROM Registry”).
The application is intended to show the graphical performance of the Windows CE device. It starts spinning boxes in 3 tiled windows. New start of spinning boxes can be done by clicking in one of 3 windows or after default inactivity timeout.
The application is an example of using the API for programming UniOP auxiliary keys, LED indicators and buzzer. It may turn on and off all LED indicators from number 0 to number 100. For all LEDs that turning on/off passed the number is shown, and for those where failed the point is shown.
There is a matching eVC 4.0 application that is the same as this Windows CE application , so the user can modify it according to its needs.
Three physical serial communication interfaces are available in UniOP: one UART and two DMA UART (DUART) ports.
The UART port is reserved exclusively as a debug interface (for debug messages) and cannot be used for anything else.
DUART1 is the serial port COM1, DUART2 is the serial port COM2; they may be used for ActiveSync or Terminal connection, as configured in "Network and Dial-up Connections" (see chapter 3.8) and „PC Connection“ (see chapter 3.11) in Control Panel.
Only advanced users should use terminal connections.
A terminal session may be started using 'Start/Programs/Communication/Terminal’ and double click on ‘Make New Session’.
An appropriate ‘Session name’ should be typed in.
Choose ‘Select a modem’: ‘Hayes Compatible on COM1’.
Some number should be entered as ‘Telephone number’ and pressed ‘Configure’. ‘Device Properties’ window opens with Tab ‘Port Setting’.
All 3 check boxes on the left side should be selected and changed ’Baud Rate’ from 19200 to 115200.
7Connecting UniOP to a PC via Microsoft ActiveSync
7.1Connection via Serial Line
Connection between a PC and UniOP can be done using Microsoft ActiveSync via serial line using the CA193 cable.
Microsoft ActiveSync V3.5 or higher has to be installed on the PC; the ActiveSync software is downloadable for free from the Microsoft web site at the following link:
http://www.microsoft.com/mobile/pocketpc/downloads/default.asp The CA193 cable has to be connected to the PC serial port and to the UniOP PC/Printer port
Once the software is installed on the PC, communication via serial line has to be enabled in ActiveSync “Connection Settings” as shown in the following picture:
After confirmation with the OK button, the system will automatically take connection with UniOP; if connection does not start, the service can be started manually on the panel starting the “PC Link” application available under “Start\Programs\Communication”.
ActiveSync will ask for set up a partnership; partnership is only required if Ethernet connection via ActiveSync will be used; next chapter describes how to set up the connection via Ethernet.
The Device Name required for the partnership, can be any free name; this will be used by ActiveSync to identify the Windows CE device in future connections.
If the partnership is defined, the registry on the UniOP must be saved running the “Registry save” program on the unit’s Desktop.
7.2Connection via Ethernet
Note: Ethernet Connection is supported only by Microsoft Activesync V3.x. If the UniOP workstation has an on-board Ethernet port or is equipped with the TCM10 Ethernet module, the connection with Active Sync can be established also via Ethernet.
Ethernet connection requires that a partnership with the CE device be established.
If not established, please refer to the previous chapter; connect to the device via serial line and setup a partnership.
Once the partnership is established, the serial link must be terminated. This can be done directly from the CE unit with a double click on the connection icon shown in the system icon tray. On the “Connection Status” dialog box, click then on “Disconnect”.
In Microsoft ActiveSync select “File\Connection Settings” and verify that network connection is allowed, like shown in the following picture:
Close the “Connection Settings” dialog and run on the panel the “Active Sync” program available from “Start\Programs\Communication”.
In the “ActiveSync” dialog box select the method of connection as “”Network Connection” and set the “Connect to:” according with the personal computer name from where ActiveSync is started. This parameter should be automatically proposed by the system and it will match with the identification name given to the PC on the Microsoft Network.
Click then “Connect” to activate the connection.
A message will confirm that the connection has been established successfully.
– System Start-up Diagnostic Information and troubleshooting
The Windows CE Operating System does not start and the following error message is displayed on the screen: 'WCE xx xx xx', where xx are 3 error codes.
Error codes can be displayed in Configuration mode pressing the Enter key for more than 3 seconds.
The Windows CE image stored in the memory card can be damaged.
The possible error codes are the following:
01 = WCE image without loader
02 = No Windows CE system detected on the memory card
01 = Windows CE checksum error in loader
02 = Windows CE checksum error in Windows CE file system
01 = timeout in loading Windows CE system
02 = generic Windows CE load failure
The memory card will probably have to programmed again
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