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Baader Steeldrive II won‘t connect

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Very strange, I can’t get the Steeldrive II focuser connect with Ekos.
It will always time out. However it’s working without any issues with TheSky X.

I‘m a MacBook Pro (2016) user with KStars 3.5.5 and Big Sur 11.6. 

Any idea what’s going wrong?
Ekos:
 

TheSky X:

 
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8 months 4 days ago #76831
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Can you check what baud rate is it using in TheSkyX?
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8 months 4 days ago #76833

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In TheSky it just says „as fast as possible“.
I also tried with 9600 as suggested here: www.indilib.org/focusers/baader-steeldrive.html

But I haven’t tried with higher rates to be honest.
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Today I got through all possible baud rates in Ekos. Error remains.
After that I started TheSky X and the focuser connected within 1 second or so.

Here is the log while going step by step through speeds:

INFO 2210.084188 sec : Session log file /Users/oliverforster/.indi/logs/2021-10-26/indi_steeldrive2_focus/indi_steeldrive2_focus_11:28:12.log
ERROR 2281.788801 sec : Serial read error: Timeout error.
ERROR 2305.437501 sec : Serial read error: Timeout error.
ERROR 2318.258756 sec : Serial read error: Timeout error.
ERROR 2334.572043 sec : Serial read error: Timeout error.
ERROR 2349.191013 sec : Serial read error: Timeout error.
ERROR 2362.852254 sec : Serial read error: Timeout error.
ERROR 2379.920532 sec : Serial read error: Timeout error.
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8 months 2 days ago #76916

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Not sure what could be causing this. Could be a MacOS specific issue for INDI. What about SteelDrive 1 focuser driver, did you test that? just to see if it somehow works. Were you able to test this on Linux?
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8 months 2 days ago #76928

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Could this be an access rights issue ?
nvm i see it's a read timeout, weird.
Maybe debug level logging shows something ?
Last edit: 7 months 3 weeks ago by Hans. Reason: re-reading
7 months 4 weeks ago #77131

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The SteelDrive 1 driver you suggested to try gave me:
2021-11-09T13:10:38: [INFO] Error retrieving data from SteelDrive, please ensure SteelDrive controller is powered and the port is correct.
2021-11-09T13:10:38: [ERROR] getHWVersion error: Timeout error.

What's really makes my head scratch: It works out of the box with TheSky.
What am I doing wrong?
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Last edit: 7 months 2 weeks ago by Oliver.
7 months 2 weeks ago #77404

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I still need help as I'm really lost with this.
When I try to connect with Ekos (KStars 3.5.7 stable) I can hear clearly a short "tick" or "click" from the focuser but then the connection timed out.The focuser will connect without problems with TheSky X and X2 driver (also hear that "tick" before it will connect:
rti-zone.org/software_x2focuser_plugins.php#steeldriveII

Then I installed Astroimager with INDIGO to test the connection.
Focuser won't connect on first try but will on second attempt and runs without any issues, also hear the tick/click sound before it will connect.

My equipment:
MacBook Pro M1 Max 32GB Ram
macOS Monterey 12.2.1
KStars 3.5.7

I tested with following connectors (all have an FTDI 232 chip)
Synchwire OTG USB Typ C Adapter, Thunderbolt 3 to USB
FITFORD USB 3 Hub

After having no success with Ekos I installed FTDI VCP Driver 1.4.7 Beta.
No success with Ekos but with TheSky X.

Any help would be appreciated.
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3 months 3 weeks ago #81157

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Here is the log. As I mentioned before the device will connect but time out.
cu.usbserial-3 = FTDI Driver
cu.usbserial-A907KE80 = macOS Driver

INFO    191.490656 sec    : Session log file /Users/oliverforster/.indi/logs/2022-03-10/indi_steeldrive2_focus/indi_steeldrive2_focus_12:28:29.log
INFO    201.037250 sec    : Scan complete. Found 3 port(s).
DEBUG    215.775934 sec    : Connecting to /dev/cu.usbserial-3 @ 57600
DEBUG    215.806306 sec    : Port FD 4
DEBUG    215.806347 sec    : Connection successful, attempting handshake...
DEBUG    215.808286 sec    : CMD <GET VERSION>
ERROR    222.985217 sec    : Serial read error: Timeout error.
DEBUG    222.985459 sec    : Handshake failed.
INFO    237.060988 sec    : Scan complete. Found 3 port(s).
DEBUG    243.912767 sec    : Connecting to /dev/cu.usbserial-A907KE80 @ 57600
DEBUG    243.950647 sec    : Port FD 4
DEBUG    243.950798 sec    : Connection successful, attempting handshake...
DEBUG    243.953440 sec    : CMD <GET VERSION>
ERROR    251.126075 sec    : Serial read error: Timeout error.
DEBUG    251.126507 sec    : Handshake failed.

Unfortunately I won't get any logs out of TheSky, as it connects without any issues on Mac or Parallels. 
However, Baader Steel track II works also onIDGIGO without any issues here's the log:

13:46:09.145 INDIGO Bus: property definition
13:46:09.145 'SteelDriveII (focuser)'.'DEVICE_PORT' TEXT rw Ok 2.0 0  { // Serial port
13:46:09.145   'PORT' = '/dev/cu.usbserial-A907KE80' // Device name or URL
13:46:09.145 }
13:46:09.151 INDIGO Bus: property definition
13:46:09.151 'SteelDriveII (focuser)'.'DEVICE_PORTS' SWITCH rw Ok 2.0 0 OneOfMany { // Serial ports
13:46:09.151   'REFRESH' = Off // Refresh
13:46:09.151   '/dev/cu.usbserial-A907KE80' = Off // /dev/cu.usbserial-A907KE80
13:46:09.151   '/dev/cu.usbserial-3' = Off // /dev/cu.usbserial-3
13:46:09.151 }
13:46:09.160 INDIGO Bus: property definition
13:46:09.160 'SteelDriveII (focuser)'.'CONNECTION' SWITCH rw Ok 2.0 0 OneOfMany { // Connection status
13:46:09.160   'CONNECTED' = Off // Connected
13:46:09.160   'DISCONNECTED' = On // Disconnected

Please, help.
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