Updating the operating system

Campbell Scientific posts operating system (OS) updates at www.campbellsci.com/downloads when they become available. It is recommended that before deploying instruments, you check operating system versions and update them as needed. The data logger operating system version is shown in the Status table, Station Status Summary, and ClosedDevice Configuration UtilitySoftware tool used to set up data loggers and peripherals, and to configure PakBus settings before those devices are deployed in the field and/or added to networks. Deployment > Datalogger. An operating system may be sent through ClosedDevice Configuration UtilitySoftware tool used to set up data loggers and peripherals, and to configure PakBus settings before those devices are deployed in the field and/or added to networks. or through program-send procedures.

WARNING:

Because sending an OS resets data logger memory and resets all settings on the data logger to factory defaults, data loss will certainly occur. Depending on several factors, the data logger may also become incapacitated until the new OS is programmed into memory.

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It is recommended that you retrieve data from the data logger and back up your programs and settings before updating your OS. To collect data using LoggerNet, connect to your data logger and click Collect Now . To backup your data logger, connect to it in Device Configuration Utility, click the Backup menu and select Backup Datalogger.

Sending an operating system to a local data logger

Send an OS using Device Configuration Utility. This method requires a direct connection between your data logger and computer.

  1. Download the latest Operating System at www.campbellsci.com/downloads.

  2. Locate the .exe download and double-click to run the file. This will extract the .obj OS file to the C:\Campbellsci\Lib\OperatingSystems folder.

  3. Supply power to the data logger. If connecting via USB for the first time, you must first install USB drivers by using Device Configuration Utility (select your data logger, then on the main page, click Install USB Driver). Alternately, you can install the USB drivers using EZ Setup. A USB connection supplies 5 V power (as well as a communication link), which is adequate for setup, but a 12 V battery will be needed for field deployment.

  4. Physically connect your data logger to your computer using a USB cable, then open ClosedDevice Configuration UtilitySoftware tool used to set up data loggers and peripherals, and to configure PakBus settings before those devices are deployed in the field and/or added to networks. and select your data logger.

  5. Select the communications port used to communicate with the data logger from the COM Port list (you do not need to click Connect).

  6. Click the Send OS tab. At the bottom of the window, click Start.

  7. On the Avoid Conflicts with the Local Server window, click OK.

  8. Navigate to the C:\Campbellsci\Lib\OperatingSystems folder.

  9. Ensure Datalogger Operating System Files (*.obj) is selected in the Files of type list, select the new OS .obj file, and click Open to update the OS on the data logger.

Watch a video: Sending an OS to a Local Datalogger.

Sending an operating system to a remote data logger

If you have a data logger that is already deployed, you can update the OS over a telecommunications link by sending the OS to the data logger as a program. In most instances, sending an OS as a program preserves settings. This allows for sending supported operating systems remotely (check the release notes). However, this should be done with great caution as updating the OS may reset the data logger settings, even settings critical to supporting the telecommunication link.

  1. Download the latest Operating System at www.campbellsci.com/downloads.

  2. Locate the .exe download and double-click to run the file. This will extract the .obj OS file to the C:\Campbellsci\Lib\OperatingSystems folder.

  3. Using Closeddata logger support softwareLoggerNet, RTDAQ, PC400, and PC200W - these Campbell Scientific software applications include at least the following functions: data logger communications, downloading programs, clock setting, and retrieval of measurement data., connect to your data logger.
  4. Select File Control at the top of the Connect window.

  5. Click Send at the top of the File Control window.

  6. Navigate to the C:\Campbellsci\Lib\OperatingSystems folder.

  7. Ensure Datalogger Operating System Files (*.obj) is selected in the files of type list, select the new OS .obj file, and click Open to update the OS on the data logger.


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Note the following precautions when sending as a program:

  • Any peripherals being powered through the SW12 terminals will be turned off until the program logic turns them on again.
  • Operating systems are very large files. Be cautious of data charges. Sending over a direct serial or USB connection is recommended, when possible.