I try to communicate with equipment through serial port.
It is slightly order equipment so it requires to send command in a specified format ends CHECKSUM (Like start with 'STX' and end with 'ETX' etc and the command looks something like '020T025F00R000000000000000').

Issue with Python:
For my case they have given the code in TURBO PASCAL to calculate check sum. I copied that code here (sorry to tell, I don't know Turbo Pascal )
But with my limited knowledge I convert in to python ( pls see the code below the Pascal code)
Could anyone help to solve the problem? Also could you please confirm the Python code is right?
Issue with serial programming:
In equipment manual gave an information about sending string and corrosponding answer string:
sending string format is --> {STX}1?CS{ETX}
STX is Start of text and ETX is the end of text. it corospondingli 02 and 03
1 stands for port address
CS stands for checksum (calculated using the above code)
I send string to serial port in the above sending strinng format, but not getting a answer string back from equipment.

Could somebody help on my issue
Thanks in advance...Appreciate reply...

##Code is in Turbo Pascal


VAR L, I       :INTEGER;
B,J,K           :BYTE;
CH              :STRING[1];
B        :=0;
CH     := COPY(TESTSTR,I,1);
J        := ORD(CH[1]);
B        := B-J;
J        := B DIV 16;
IF J<10
THEN J:=J+48
ELSE  J:= J+55;
K        :=B MOD 16;
IF K<10
THEN K:= K + 48
ELSE K:= K + 55;

Converted to Python code

tempset = '020T025.0FR00R0000000000000000'

def checksum(tempset):
    b = 0
    for ch in tempset:
        j = ord(ch)
        b = (b - j) & 255
    j = (b /16)
    if j<10:
        j = j + 48
        j = j+ 55
    k = (b % 16)
    if k < 10:
        k = k + 48
        k = k + 55
    return chr(j) + chr(k)

print checksum(tempset)

I assume that you open the port, send the string, and read any returned bytes somewhere else in the code. Check out the PySerial intro and see if it would work for you. There is no point in reinventing the wheel when you have packages that are already tested and tried. It will open the port and you can then send any string you like, and issue a read command for any returned string. There is also USPP if PySerial doesn't work for some reason.

Edited 6 Years Ago by woooee: n/a

Hi Woooee,

Thanks for the reply!

I checked the port is open by


i got 'True'
After that sent the string in particular format according to manufactures instruction, in to the serial port.
After that read back by


, but getting 0. If i use


, will get a blank.
I worried about the string sending through the port is not recoganize by the equipment
I believe , we can test the string sending through Hyperterminal. Could you tell me how to do that? I tried echo testing in Hyperterminal it is working. Pls give some idea how the string can test with the help of Hyperterminal to check the string?

Pls find my code below that try to write and read from the Equipment

import serial
import time

ser          = serial.Serial(0)
ser.baudrate = 9600
ser.parity   = 'N'
ser.bytesize = 8
ser.stopbits = 1
ser.timeout  = 5

print ser.isOpen()
data = '\x02' + "1T025.0F00R10000000000000008B" + '\x03'
print data

print ser.inWaiting()


Thanks and appreciate your reply

Wheres the checksum?

Cheers and Happy coding


How about this?

data = '\x02' + '1T025.0F00R1000000000000000' + '\x8B' + '\x03'

Edited 6 Years Ago by Beat_Slayer: n/a

In my past experience using pySerial, I convert each byte or character with chr() before passing to ser.write(). Not sure if this will work for you.

maybe try adding two "\":

data = '\\x02' + '1T025.0F00R1000000000000000' + '\\x8B' + '\\x03'

I've also noticed some serial communications require a new line char after each command try adding "\n" at the end.

Edited 6 Years Ago by Tech B: n/a

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