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Afterglow
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:03 pm    Post subject: MXO Mini not working anymore Reply with quote

It was working fine then just yesterday I noticed the blue light wasn't steady but flashing at 1 sec intervals and there was no output to my external monitor via HDMI.

I checked in Preferences under Matrox MXO button and it says there's no hardware connected. Doesn't look good.

I've now checked it on my MacBook Pro using the part that slides in the card slot and again no hardware connected. Nothing related to Matrox MXO shows up in the PCI section in System Information on either mac.

I've had this since 2011. Does this mean it's got to the end of its life?

Mac Pro 2010 5,1
6 core 3.3ghz
RAM 24gb
ATI Radeon HD 5870 1gb
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

The symptoms seem to be indicative of a power supply failure. Can you try the hardware checklist?

Please go through this hardware detection guide. Then let us know if you see the 'other multimedia' device in the system report. The MXO2 led should also remain ON (no flickering or flashing).

MXO2 Hardware Connection Checklist for MAC and PC

1. Power off both the computer system (PC or MAC) and unplug the MXO2 A/C power adapter.

2. Disconnect the Matrox host cable on both the MXO2 and computer system. Inspect the host cable pins on both connector ends. The pins must all be perfectly straight. Having just one slightly distorted pin can cause hardware detection issues. Use a small flat head screwdriver to straighten any bent pins.

Important: The host cable connector ends are D-shaped & must be inserted in the proper orientation.

There are 4 different types of host cables that have been sold since the MXO2 products began production.
Type 1: A 'Molex' label printed on both sides of the connector.

Type 2: A green dot printed on the wider side of the connector

Type 3: A yellow arrow printed on the wider side of the connector

Type 4: A large 'A' or 'B' label printed on each end of the cable (this is the newest cable). The 'B' side is the wider side of the connector.

With type 1, you must visually inspect the connectors and identify the wider side of the D shape connector. It is the wider side of this cable, or the green dot (for type 2 cables), or the yellow arrow (for type 3 cables), or the 'B' side (for type 4 cables) that must face?
-the HOST label ---------> on the MXO2 device Host connector
-the XI-LINK engraving-> on the Matrox PCI-e adapter for desktops
-the TOP side ------------> of the Matrox Express/34 adapter for laptops
-the HOST label: --------> on Matrox Thunderbolt adapters for MAC systems

3. For desktop systems: Open the computer chassis and re-seat the Matrox PCI-express card in the System or switch PCI slots (if another slot is available). Verify that the card is fully seated & secured using a screw or the case retention mechanism. Then re-connect the host cable to the card in the proper orientation.

For laptop systems: Remove the Matrox express/34 adapter from the laptop. Connect the host cable to the card. Insert the express card back into the slot and verify that the card has 'clicked' in place.

Tip: Just before inserting the host cable connector, pull back on the retention screw arms to ensure that the screws do not inhibit the connector from being inserted fully. Once the connector is properly inserted, tighten the screws to prevent accidental disconnection.

Note: In some cases, reversing the ends of the host cable can trigger the MXO2 to regain proper detection. If this is the case, please verify the pins once again.

4. Connect the MXO2 A/C power adapter. Try a different wall socket or power bar. Avoid UPS devices.

5. Power on the computer system & verify that the MXO2 LED turns ON. The led is Blue (MXO2 without MAX devices) or Red (MXO2 with MAX). It should not flicker or pulse ON and OFF. If the LED flickers faintly, then the MXO2 A/C power adapter must be replaced. If the LED pulses ON and OFF, then go through the above steps one more time. If a solid LED cannot be obtained, contact Matrox Video Technical Support.

Proceed to the next section only once the MXO2 LED is ON solid.



MAC Platform Notes

For MAC systems with the MXO2 connected using either the Matrox PCI-e or express/34 adapters:
- Go to System Profiler -> Hardware -> PCI Cards.
- Verify the list of cards. If detected, the MXO2 should be listed as a card of type 'other multimedia'.

For systems with the MXO2 connected using the Matrox Thunderbolt adapter or the DS1/Dock:
- Go to System Profiler -> Hardware -> Thunderbolt
- Verify the list of devices. If detected, the Thunderbolt adapter should appear as 'T/ADP' or 'MXO2 Dock'
- If the Thunderbolt device is not listed, verify that the Thunderbolt cable is connected in the proper orientation & try another Thunderbolt cable (if one is available).
- Once the Thunderbolt device is listed, then go to System Profiler -> Hardware -> PCI Cards
- Verify the list of cards. If detected, the MXO2 should be listed as a card of type 'other multimedia'.

Once the appropriate devices are listed in the MAC System Profiler, then proceed to download and install the required Matrox driver for your system. After installation, load the MXO2 Utilities application in your MAC System Preferences. The 'Info' section of the application will list data such as MXO2 serial number and software/firmware versions.

Note: When downloading the MXO2 driver from our website, monitor the file download and verify that it is not interrupted. If an interruption occurs or the download size does not match the file size in the driver download description page, clear your web browser cache/temporary files and try the download again.

PC Platform Notes

For PC systems, open Device Manager and verify the presence of a 'Multimedia Controller'. If detected, then download and install the MXO2 driver required. Once the installation has completed, open the Matrox X.info application as follows:
- Right-Click on the teal 'M' icon in the system tray
- Click on Open X.info
- Click the drop-down menu at the top and select 'Hardware'.

If the hardware information window contains data such as the serial number and production date, then the MXO2 is properly detected by your system.

General Notes:

1. For both PC and MAC platforms, verify that your system is fully updated and meets the minimum hardware and software specifications listed in the MXO2 user guide.

2. With the MXO2 device, special care must be taken when inserting/removing the A/C power supply cable. It has a pull-back retention mechanism that needs to be pulled back before inserted into the port on the back of the MXO2. If this is not done, the 4 pins on the cable connector can be pushed in too deep and not make proper contact. To remedy the problem, the 4 pins must be pulled back with a small pair of needle-nose pliers. This only applies to the MXO2 and not to the other MXO2 devices (Mini, LE, RACK).

3. For MAC systems with the MXO2 connected via the Matrox Thunderbolt adapter or Matrox MXO2 Dock, verify that the system has Thunderbolt support. If supported, a lightning logo is printed on the top side of the Thunderbolt connector on the MAC. If this logo is not printed, then the system is lacks Thunderbolt support. Note that the MAC System Report (or system profiler) list will still show a Thunderbolt category even if the system lacks Thunderbolt support.

In order for the MXO2 to show up as a Thunderbolt device, the MAC must be fully updated. Continue to run MAC Software Update scans until no more Thunderbolt updates are found.
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Afterglow
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sam - I've checked both ends of the connecting cable and all the pins seem to be in order. There was no opportunity for them to be damaged anyway since the cable had not been disconnected before the unit ceased functioning.

I've swapped the cable ends around. I've tested the Mini on my macbook pro to rule out the PCI card in the mac pro.

The power unit in the mini is still working in some fashion since there's a blue light. It's solid blue when the mac is OFF and flashing blue when the mac is ON. What does that mean?

I might try swapping out the power unit if I can find an equivalent. Any other suggestions?

Realistically, how long are these units meant to last?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you tried different PCIe slots?

Do the cable ends have labels on them? A or B label? Sticker? If so, make sure the label end on the MXO2 unit is facing the HOST label and the other end label should face the PCIe card's XLINK engraving.

Once that is placed correctly, perform a power cycle of the MXO2 and computer. Shutdown the computer, disconnect the power to the MXO2, wait several seconds and reconnect its power, restart the computer.
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Afterglow
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The cable is labelled Molex. Checked cable ends again. All fine.

Have checked seating of PCi card and it seems fine. In any case, as I mentioned above, I have checked the MXO mini unit on my macbook pro using the express card slot and it doesn't work there. This rules out a non-faulty PCI card.

I have two questions:

1) Can you explain the blue light on the mini? It's solid blue when the mac is OFF and flashing blue when the mac is ON. What does that mean?

2) What kind of lifetime are these units meant to have, given they're always on when the computer is on?

If this doesn't work, I'll probably move to a Black Magic Intensity.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1) Can you explain the blue light on the mini? It's solid blue when the mac is OFF and flashing blue when the mac is ON. What does that mean?

this LED flashing is usually either a bad power supply, or a failed communication between computer and MXO2 Mini either due to a faulty or incorrectly inserted host cable. Make sure cable pins are not bent or defective for either end.

2) What kind of lifetime are these units meant to have, given they're always on when the computer is on?

There is a 3 year warranty on the product from the date of purchase. There is no specific lifetime of the unit.

We can proceed with a replacement of the host cable and power supply since we cannot determine which is faulty at this point. Please let us know.
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Afterglow
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sam

I've examined the cable under a magnifying glass but not seen faulty pins.

How do we go about replacing the cable and power supply? I'm in Sydney, Australia.

Thanks

Michael
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please send us an email with MXO2 Mini Serial number and your full shipping address to mxosupport@matrox.com to the attention of Sam.

Can you also confirm the OS X and Mxo2 Mini software version you are running?

Please note our offices will be closed between December 23rd to January 1st inclusively.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Sam, I have sent the email.

Michael
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The RMA request has been sent. This will only be handled after the holiday break.
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