Operating the DASH3
The DASH3 display unit is operated using a simple menu system, using the UP, DOWN, SELECT and MENU buttons. Pressing UP and DOWN moves between the menus or cycles through settable values, pressing SELECT enters a submenu or sets a value, and pressing MENU exits the current submenu without setting any values.
There are two operating modes in the DASH3, Normal Display mode and Menu Display mode. MENU button is used to switch from normal display mode to menu system display mode and vice versa.
Normal Display Mode
This is the default display mode that the DASH3 enters into after power up. This mode allows you to view the data being logged by the attached logger. During this mode DASH3 also monitors the current status of the variables for alarm conditions.
Normal data display screens
There are four user-configurable data display screens on DASH3 that can be used to display the data being logged. The screens can be configured by the DASH3 configuration program on the PC. Once the screens are configured, the programmable buttons can be used to select which screen to display. This enables toggling through the four screens of data. To set up a button to do this, see the section Editing button functions and assign the “Next screen” or “Previous screen” functions. When changing between screens, the screen number is briefly indicated on screen. Read Displaying Data section for more details on this.
Pop-up windows can be trigger by a user input (e.g. pressing a button) or due to data received from a data logger (e.g. device changed logging status).
Min/Max data screen
Using the Min/Max data screen, you can view the maximum and minimum values for selected variables while data is being logged. Minimum and Maximum values get updated continuously while logging. DASH3 retains these values after logging is over and until another session starts.
Min/Max Screen is configured with DASH3 Configuration software. To display this screen you have to setup one of the programmable buttons on the DASH3.
Read Reviewing Maximum and Minimum data values section for more details.
Lap and Sector times
Lap and Sector screens display the lap and sector specific data during the logging. DASH3 switches to the Lap or Sector screen automatically at the end of a lap or a sector respectively. Read the Lap and Sector Screens section for more information on this.
Alarms are visual warnings given by DASH3 when a particular variable goes out of bounds. The alarm for a variable is immediately activated when the readings go below the low threshold or exceeds the upper threshold. Setting up low threshold or upper threshold is done using the DASH3 configuration software. Read Setting up Alarms Section for more details.
This pop-up screen is displayed for a short duration (600 ms) when the logging status of the attached data logger changes from logging to not-logging and vice-versa. Users can exit this screen and get back to normal display mode by pressing the SELECT button.
Add Track Markers
When the user attempts to add a track marker through the DASH3, this screen will be displayed. The DASH3 will first send a add track marker command to the data logger and wait for a response. The data logger will inform the DASH3 if a marker was added successfully or not. If the operation was unsuccessful, the reason for the failure will be displayed as well.
Menu Display Mode
This allows the user to configure some aspects of the DASH3 display unit including change button functions, change brightness or contrast of the display unit and shift lights, and set or configure other options. The MENU button is used to switch between menu display and normal mode.
Other than the configuration options provided by the DASH3 itself, there are many options available from the computer, using the DASH3 Configuration software. For more information on this aspect of the operation, read the DASH3 Configuration software instructions manual.
Operating modes and button functions
- The MENU button is used to switch between normal display and menu system display modes.
- When in menu display mode the actual function of the MENU, SELECT, UP, and DOWN buttons is fixed.
- Function of the SELECT, UP, DOWN buttons as well as the MENU + SELECT, MENU + UP and MENU + DOWN button combinations during the normal display mode can be programmed, for example, to provide shortcuts to frequently used features. These features include changing between screens, adding track markers and start/stop logging from the DASH3 unit, and displaying maximum and minimum values of the variables during logging.
- The MENU button is the only button whose function cannot be changed.
To learn how to assign the shortcut functions to the programmable buttons read the Editing Button Functions section.