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Warnings and Error Messages

Various warnings and error messages are returned by the dataTaker which report command and runtime errors, and warnings of potential errors.

The return of messages is controlled by the Messages Switch Command as follows

/M           Enable the return of error and warning messages (Default)
/m           Disable the return of error and warning messages

The default setting is /M, and is automatically selected when the dataTaker is powered up, is hardware reset or executes a RESET command.

During an Unload operation (See Section III - Returning Data From Memory), error reporting is disabled until the Unload is completed. In a network, errors in remote dataTakers are reported back to the host computer.

If you are using DeTransfer, the format of the warnings and error messages returned to the host is determined by the setting of the Units Text Switch as follows

if the Units Text Switch is enabled (/U) the error number and a description is returned as follows

E12-channel list error

if the Units Text Switch is disabled (/u) the error number only is returned as follows


If you are using DeLogger, then you do not need to worry about the format of error messages. DeLogger displayes most error messages from the logger in the Text View as shown below



and will log error messages into an error log file id enabled (see your DeLogger Users Manual).

The list the dataTaker error messages is shown overleaf.

These error messages are detailed in the DT50, DT500 and DT600 Series Users Manual supplied with you data logger, and includes an explanation of the possible causes for each error message.


Warnings and Error Messages - Numerical Listing

E1 - time set error
E2 - input buffer full
E3 - channel option error
E4 - clear data memory
E5 - data memory full
E6 - data memory empty
E7 - day set error
E8 - parameter read/set error
E9 - switch error
E10 - command error
E11 - input(s) out of range
E12 - channel list error
E13 - digital failure
E14 - communications error
E15 - assignment error
E16 - linearization error
E17 - clear card data
E18 - STATUS command error
E19 - card write error
E20 - illegal character(s)
E21 - illegal separator(s)
E22 - statistical option error
E23 - scan schedule error
E24 - unload command error
E25 - channel table full
E26 - halt command error
E27 - TEST command error
E28 - go command error
E29 - poly/span declaration error
E30 - calibration failure nn
E31 - test channel failure nn
E32 - battery sample failure
E33 - CSIO bus failure
E34 - function key command error
E35 - card faulty
E36 - CLAST not valid
E38 - address error
E40 - no data found
E41 - program area full
E42 - no card inserted
E43 - RS485 chip failure
E44 - network transmission error
E45 - remote logger not found or network error
E46 - ROM checksum error
E47 - user string error
E48 - channel list fixed
E51 - ALARM command error
E52 - alarm text memory full
E53 - no statistical samples
E54 - expression error
E55 - expression memory full
E60 - RAM n failure
E61 - memory card failure

Page Content


Title and Waranty

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Section 1

Construction of the dataTaker 50

Construction of the dataTaker 500 600

Construction of the CEM

Getting Started


Section 2


Powering the dataTaker

Powering Sensors from the dataTaker

The Serial Interfaces

The RS232 COMMS Serial Interface

The NETWORK Interface

Analog Process

Connect Analog

Analog Chns

Measuring Low Level Voltages

Measuring High Level Voltages

Measuring Currents

Measuring 4-20mA Current Loops

Measuring Resistance

Measuring Frequency and Period

Measuring Analog Logic State

Measuring Temperature

Measuring Temperature with Thermocouples

Measuring Temperature with RTDs

Measuring Temperature with IC Temperature Sensors

Measuring Temperature with Thermistors

Measuring Bridges and Strain Gauges

Measuring Vibrating Wire Strain Gauges

The Digital Input Channels

Monitoring Digital State

The Low Speed Counters

The Phase Encoder Counter

The High Speed Counters

The Digital Output Channels

The Channel Expansion Module

Installing The Panel Mount Display


Section 3

Programming the dataTaker

Communication Protocols and Commands

Entering Commands and Programs

Format of Returned Data

Specifying Channels

The Analog Input Channels

The Digital Input Channels

The Counter Channels

The Digital Output Channels

The Real Time Clock

The Internal Channels

Channel Options



Scaling Data - Polynomials, Spans and Functions

CVs Calcs and Histogram

Logging Data to Memory

Programming from Memory Cards


Switches and Parameters


Writing Programs

Keypad and Display

Error Mess Text

Appendix A - ASCII

Appendix B - ADC Timing