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I'm using the MSComm OCX to communicate with a robot. I send a command out and the robot sends back a response. The problem I'm having is it takes a couple seconds round trip for the VB program to receive the data. I know it's not the robots fault because I have a similar program in C++ and if I send the same data then it comes back with the results within milliseconds. I don't see any kind of priority setting on the OCX, any ideas here?
I'm using win 98 and VB6. My ReceivePacket function is modeled directly after sample code.

Here it is.
Public Sub ReceivePacket(InByte As Byte)
Static Serial_Buffer(255) As Byte
Static PacketLen As Integer
Static Index As Byte 'stores index point in comm buffer. Serial bytes
                     'are placed in Serial_Buffer[index], then [index]
                      ' is incremented.
Static begin_flag As Byte ' If begin_flag = 0 and index = 0, look for
                        ' 0x54 on serial stream.Otherwise,
                        ' place byte in Serial_Buffer[index] and wait
                        ' until PacketLen is equal to index.

Serial_Buffer(Index) = InByte
Hex$(Serial_Buffer(Index))
If begin_flag = 0 Then
    If InByte <> &H54 Then
        GoTo EndReceivePacket
    Else:
        begin_flag = 1
    End If
End If


If Index >= 2 Then
    PacketLen = (Serial_Buffer(2) + 6)
    If PacketLen > 254 Then
        Index = 0
        begin_flag = 0
        GoTo EndReceivePacket
    End If
    If Index = PacketLen Then ' process packet
        Index = 0
        begin_flag = 0
        Call Process_Packet(Serial_Buffer)
        GoTo EndReceivePacket
    End If 'end of process packet

End If

Index = Index + 1 ' get ready to receive next byte
EndReceivePacket:
End Sub

Thanks Ringo
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Hi Ringo,

Just a tought using the MSComm1_OnComm Event:

If MSComm1.CommEvent = MSCOMM_EV_RECIEVE Then
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by:Sector10
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Hi Ringo,

Pressed the submit button to quick, but here is the rest.

Just a tought using the MSComm1_OnComm Event try to print the input to a textfield by rewriting the bufferarray:

Dim temp1 AS String
Dim BufferArray() AS Byte

If MSComm1.CommEvent = MSCOMM_EV_RECIEVE Then

BufferArray = MSComm1.Input
For I = 0 To UBound(BufferArray)
    temp1 = temp1 & BufferArray(i)
Next I



Regards,

Paul
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