Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Ken, N9VV reported an error in PowerSDR 1.3.13 where opening a serial port after it had already been opened and then closed would cause an exception. The serial port will remain unavailable until PowerSDR is exited and then restarted.

Using PortMon, I immediately saw the error: I was trying to close the handle to the com port without first cancelling a WaitCommEvent(). The file handle to the com port would only be closed when PowerSDR exited.

The correction to the source code was pretty easy:

In SerialStream.cs line 1383, function FreeHandle needs to be changed to:

protected internal override void FreeHandle(IntPtr handle)
if (_ownsHandle)
//Important! Must cancel all events before closing file!!!
Win32API_Serial.SetCommMask(handle, 0);
//Now we can close the file handle

Calling SetCommMask() with a mask of 0 cancells the current WaitCommEvent() allowing the com port to be closed and correcting the problem.

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