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Bug in ekos indiclient or indi driver ? for Altair camera

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Dear all,

I have an Altair AA 183MM Pro, that I bought specifically to use with indi. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to use it properly, as I often need to reboot something (either the driver or the indiserver or the ekos indi client crash or become unusable).
Anyway, let start with a bug I can easily reproduce.
Whenever I launch indiserver with indi_altair_ccd driver alone:

indserver -vvv indi_altair_ccd 

I get a very weird behaviour after I have launched an acquisition, on the client side, I basically end-up with a completely blank client (and of course never manage to get the nice image pop-up as it works with the asi driver for zwo ccd):


Here are some logs from the driver logs:INFO    37.003239 sec    : Session log file /home/user/.indi/logs/2021-12-30/indi_altair_ccd/indi_altair_ccd_22:24:21.log
INFO    38.421031 sec    : Session log file /home/user/.indi/logs/2021-12-30/indi_altair_ccd/indi_altair_ccd_22:24:21.log
DEBUG    44.505031 sec    : Attempting to open Altair AA183MPRO with ID tp-2-19-5840-3466 using SDK version: 49.18914.20210510
DEBUG    45.058517 sec    : Hardware ROI supported.
DEBUG    45.058677 sec    : ST4 guiding enabled.
DEBUG    45.087033 sec    : Using default recorder (SER)
DEBUG    45.087191 sec    : Using default encoder (RAW)
DEBUG    45.087719 sec    : maxSpeed: 3 preview: 4 still: 4 maxFanSpeed 2
DEBUG    45.087794 sec    : Exposure Time Range (us): Min 264 Max 1000000000 Default 10000
DEBUG    45.087856 sec    : Binning 1 rc: 0
INFO    45.087905 sec    : Altair AA183MPRO is online. Retrieving basic data.
DEBUG    45.092268 sec    : Max bit depth: 12
DEBUG    45.092361 sec    : Mono camera detected.
DEBUG    45.092387 sec    : OPTION_RAW 1. rc: Operation successful
DEBUG    45.159527 sec    : OPTION_BITDEPTH 1. rc: Operation successful
DEBUG    45.159685 sec    : Bits Per Pixel: 16 Video Mode: Mono 16-bit
DEBUG    45.159746 sec    : Resolution #1: 5440 x 3648
DEBUG    45.159800 sec    : Resolution #2: 4096 x 2160
DEBUG    45.159851 sec    : Resolution #3: 2736 x 1824
DEBUG    45.159902 sec    : Resolution #4: 1824 x 1216
DEBUG    45.159951 sec    : Fan is On
DEBUG    45.160661 sec    : Camera snap support: True
DEBUG    45.160720 sec    : Trigger mode: 0
DEBUG    45.160767 sec    : Setting trigger mode to software...
DEBUG    45.161677 sec    : Dual Conversion Gain 0 rc: -2147467263
DEBUG    45.161770 sec    : Exposure Auto Gain Control. Min: 100 Max: 5000 Default: 100
DEBUG    45.161826 sec    : Contrast Control: 0
DEBUG    45.161874 sec    : Hue Control: 0
DEBUG    45.162086 sec    : Saturation Control: 0
DEBUG    45.162144 sec    : Brightness Control: 0
DEBUG    45.162194 sec    : Gamma Control: 100
DEBUG    45.162241 sec    : Speed Control: 3
DEBUG    45.168516 sec    : Frame Rate Limit 0 rc: 0
DEBUG    45.168635 sec    : Allocating Frame Buffer...
DEBUG    45.169014 sec    : Pixel format 0 is supported by SER recorder.
DEBUG    45.169079 sec    : Pixel format 0 is supported by RAW encoder.
DEBUG    45.375244 sec    : Event 0X01
DEBUG    45.385609 sec    : Event 0X01
DEBUG    45.432281 sec    : Event 0X01
DEBUG    45.436362 sec    : Event 0X01
DEBUG    45.440320 sec    : Event 0X01
DEBUG    45.443120 sec    : Starting event callback in push mode.
DEBUG    49.779226 sec    : Starting exposure: 5000000 us @ 1824 x 1216
DEBUG    51.727946 sec    : Event 0X01
INFO    51.728119 sec    : Taking a 5 seconds frame...
WARNING    51.728178 sec    : Failed to snap exposure. Error: Unexpected failure. Switching to regular exposure...
DEBUG    56.816728 sec    : New download estimate 89 msand from the driver verbose output:

pastebin.com/mKpb71j5

If someone can help, I have no idea where to start, I use plenty of different driver, but Altair is really the one always causing me troubles I haven't seen with any other driver.
Last edit: 7 months 1 week ago by dolguldur.
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I tried changing the auto-exposure (enabled by default ?) in the controls tab.
 
I also played with the resolution option, but I got weird behaviour ranging from, getting an image after a very long time, to driver disconnection + getting the client interface reseted for the camera.
Nothing more than the previous logs are shown in those cases unfortunately... It is really a shame that the driver is that bad with regard to the consistent behaviour I have with ZWO ASi cameras.
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is this on PC or RPI4? I noticed for Altair it tend to work at lower resolution when on RPI4. Did you try setting lowest resolution? and Mono 8? does this work at all?
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Client is on a x86 laptop and server/driver on a 4GB SBC ~30% more powerful than a rasbperrypi4 (rock64pro from pine64).  I tried with 8bit and lowest resolution but didn't get better results unfortunately. But the outcome seems more or less random, I will try to reduce the potential source of errors in my next attempt, IE, much better network, changing usb cable, etc...
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