Observer GigaStor : Gen3 Capture Card : Capture card device properties
Capture card device properties
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Current State
Advanced Settings
Created: 2016-09-08   Revised: 2016-10-25
The capture card device properties in Windows Device Manager shows a mix of standard driver information (like any connected device) and custom information about your capture card.
Created: 2016-09-08   Revised: 2016-10-25
The General tab lists basic information about the capture card.
Figure 67: General
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Device type
Device type should state Viavi Solutions Inc. Capture Adapters.
Manufacturer should state Viavi Solutions.
Location indicates the PCI bus number that the capture card is using.
Device status
If Windows itself has a problem with the capture card, messages appear here indicating the problem. Device status states This device is working properly when no Windows problems exist.
Current State
Created: 2016-09-08   Revised: 2018-03-27
The Current State tab displays capture card health, SFP presence, and established port speeds.
Figure 68: Current State
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SFP state
SFP state shows capture card ports that have a supported SFP installed, if that SFP is operational, and if the SFP is fiber (F) or copper (C). If a capture card port does not have an SFP installed, its icon remains dimmed.
Link state
Link state is a way to see if the Gen3 capture card is synchronized with the SPAN/TAP/Observer Matrix. If the link state is not green, there is a problem. Click the Advanced Settings tab to try and change the adapter speed or auto-negotiation.
SFP power (dBm)
Actual amount light power seen by the transceiver in the capture card, measured in decibels-milliwatts. With this information you can determine if the signal strength is strong enough to transmit the traffic or if it is too low and is the cause of dropped packets.
Enabled (Autonegotiation)
The icon is lit when auto-negotiation is enabled for that capture card port. Conversely, the icon is dimmed when auto-negotiation is disabled for that capture card port.
10 Gig
This icon is lit when a 10 gigabit connection is established.
1 Gig
This icon is lit when a 1 gigabit connection is established.
100 Mb
This icon is lit when a 100 megabit connection is established.
10 Mb
This icon is lit when a 10 megabit connection is established.
PCIe lane speed
The reported 1x lane bus speed of the PCIe slot used by the capture card. Multiple lanes are used by the capture card, so this value represents a fraction of actually available bandwidth between the capture card and the motherboard.
A green icon means the temperature of vital board components is lower than 75°C and therefore normal. Seeing a yellow icon is a caution that this temperature has risen above 75°C. A red icon is shown when this temperature is greater than 80°C, and you risk immediate damage to the capture card. Always maintain proper case airflow and ambient temperature.
This icon shows a red color if there is a power problem. A power problem could occur if the 12v power supply (PSU) rail, typically for MOLEX and auxiliary connections, is operating out-of-range and could indicate a dying power supply. A power problem could also be caused by the PCIe slot providing too little or too much wattage to the capture card relative to the PCIe specification. This could indicate a motherboard problem or a dying PSU. A green icon means that power to the card is normal.
Board ID
The unique ID of the capture card is shown here.
System ID
The system ID is shown here.
Figure 69: Explanation of lights
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Advanced Settings
Created: 2016-09-08   Revised: 2016-10-25
The Advanced Settings tab allows you to view and modify auto-negotiation and port Tx settings for the capture card. Each port has its own settings.
Figure 70: Advanced Settings
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Enable (Port)
Each box represents a physical port on the capture card. These cannot be modified.
Each box represents the auto-negotiation setting for a port on the capture card. If selected, auto-negotiation for this port is turned on. If cleared, auto-negotiation is disabled for this port. See How to configure the card for an optical TAP, SPAN, or other when using this setting.
Enable Port Tx
Each box represents the a port on your capture card. All are enabled, and none can be disabled. See How to configure the card for an optical TAP, SPAN, or other when using this setting.
Created: 2016-09-08   Revised: 2016-10-25
The Driver tab
Figure 71: Driver
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Driver provider
Driver provider should state Viavi Solutions.
Driver date
Shows the date that your currently installed capture card drivers were made.
Driver version
Shows the version of your currently installed capture card drivers. These do not always match your application versions for the Observer Platform.
Driver signer
Created: 2016-09-08   Revised: 2016-10-25
The Details tab lists device properties that are reported by the driver.
Figure 72: Details
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Lists each device property that can be viewed.
Displays the value of the selected property as reported by the device driver.
Created: 2016-09-08   Revised: 2016-10-25
The Events tab shows driver events like when a capture card driver is installed.
Figure 73: Events
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Each Windows event regarding the capture card is logged. This can help you understand when the drivers were updated and can be useful when troubleshooting.
The full event message shows here for the selected Windows event.
Created: 2016-09-08   Revised: 2016-10-25
The Resources tab lists the interrupt request number and memory range assigned to the capture card. These values cannot be modified.
Figure 74: Resources
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Resource settings
Lists the resource assignments that the capture card is using in Windows. These are not configurable.
Conflicting device list
Lists any PC devices or cards that conflict with the hardware assignments given to the capture card. Conflicts of this kind are nearly non-existent in modern computing.