[3dem] Shutter problems with Digital Micrograph ver 3.1
jbrink at jeol.com
Thu Nov 24 10:15:43 PST 2016
I have encountered several installs with DM version 3.1 and all seemed to behave as expected wrt blanking. Could it be a coincidental breakdown of the opto-coupler between the controller and the scope. Berkeley just had theirs go out on them ....
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Jacob Brink Ph.D.
TEM Product Manager Life Sciences
JEOL USA, Inc., Peabody MA 01960
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On Nov 24, 2016, at 12:05 PM, rubinst1 <john.rubinstein at utoronto.ca<mailto:john.rubinstein at utoronto.ca>> wrote:
We recently had Digital Micrograph on our Tecnai F20 (with a Gatan K2 Summit DDD and Orius CCD) upgraded from ver 2.3 to ver 3.1.
Since the upgrade we have had intermittent problems with the cameras not applying the microscope shutter/beam blanker when they should. When the shutter is not applied properly cryo-EM specimens are pre-exposed before images are acquired.
We are not exactly sure of the sequence of events that leads to the problem. However, once we notice there is a problem during a microscope session we can confirm that the camera isn't applying the shutter properly because (1) the voltage from the shutter cable is 0V (when it should be 5V to apply the shutter) and (2) the microscope gun deflector value correspond to no shutter being applied. Samir Benlekbir has worked out a sequence of steps (involving raising and lowering the microscope screen and starting and stopping the camera) that will correct the problem once it has been detected, but of course this shouldn't be necessary.
Has anyone else had a similar problem caused by upgrading to Digital Micrograph 3.1? If you have, please let me know how you resolved it.
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