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== Troubleshooting ==
 
 
Look below for the issue you're experiencing, to see if we have a workaround or solution.
 
Look below for the issue you're experiencing, to see if we have a workaround or solution.
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Make sure you '''record your problem and solution in the log book'''!  This is very important for allowing us to improve system stability and make repairs.
  
 
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==== Workaround ====
 
==== Workaround ====
 
In the <u>Exposure</u> screen - after wafer load etc. - you may still edit the defocus range, and in this screen you are able to type in the full range ±25.  For a Series exposure (focus-exposure matrix, FEM), you can choose the "_Manual" template during <u>Setup</u>, and on the <u>Expose</u> screen you can edit the Series array to your needs with full defocus range.
 
In the <u>Exposure</u> screen - after wafer load etc. - you may still edit the defocus range, and in this screen you are able to type in the full range ±25.  For a Series exposure (focus-exposure matrix, FEM), you can choose the "_Manual" template during <u>Setup</u>, and on the <u>Expose</u> screen you can edit the Series array to your needs with full defocus range.
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=== Unexpected Behavior ===
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If the software is acting unusual (black screen), or stage is moving to an incorrect location, or Convert software unable to launch, it could be due to the computer running out of RAM memory.  A computer restart typically resolves this.  Run the restart procedure below to resolve.
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=== Convert software is unable to launch ===
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# Check whether the XWindows software is available in the Windows Start bar - sometimes the window lands behind the MLAMenu software.
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# If an error window is indicating some error with launching convert, then perform the computer reboot procedure below.
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=== Focus Depth Motor Not Initialized ===
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After an exposure has been initiated, but before exposure has actually begun, you get an error window stating the the "Focal Depth Motor is not initialized."
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==== Notify staff ====
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We can reinitialize that motor remotely, which will allow you to start your exposure.
  
 
== Rebooting the Computer ==
 
== Rebooting the Computer ==
 
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Restarting the computer can resolve errors due to the system running out of memory (RAM), and also force the reinitialization & homing of motors.
==== Problem ====
 
If the software is acting unusual (black screen), of stage is moving to an incorrect location, or Convert software is popping up errors, it could be due to the computer running out of RAM memory.  A computer restart typically resolves this.
 
  
 
==== Restart Procedure ====
 
==== Restart Procedure ====
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* Then launch MLAMenu.exe, wait ~1 min until it has completed initializing.
 
* Then launch MLAMenu.exe, wait ~1 min until it has completed initializing.
 
* Make sure the "Hardware" section of the software shows all components as "OK" or "Initialized"
 
* Make sure the "Hardware" section of the software shows all components as "OK" or "Initialized"
System is ready to run an exposure.
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System is ready to run exposure jobs.

Revision as of 12:46, 21 January 2021

Look below for the issue you're experiencing, to see if we have a workaround or solution.

Make sure you record your problem and solution in the log book! This is very important for allowing us to improve system stability and make repairs.

Known Bugs & Workarounds

Defocus: unable to enter ±25 full range

In the Setup screen, Editors for Resist or Series templates, you are limited to only ±10 defocu, even though the system is capable of ±25.

Workaround

In the Exposure screen - after wafer load etc. - you may still edit the defocus range, and in this screen you are able to type in the full range ±25. For a Series exposure (focus-exposure matrix, FEM), you can choose the "_Manual" template during Setup, and on the Expose screen you can edit the Series array to your needs with full defocus range.

Unexpected Behavior

If the software is acting unusual (black screen), or stage is moving to an incorrect location, or Convert software unable to launch, it could be due to the computer running out of RAM memory. A computer restart typically resolves this. Run the restart procedure below to resolve.

Convert software is unable to launch

  1. Check whether the XWindows software is available in the Windows Start bar - sometimes the window lands behind the MLAMenu software.
  2. If an error window is indicating some error with launching convert, then perform the computer reboot procedure below.

Focus Depth Motor Not Initialized

After an exposure has been initiated, but before exposure has actually begun, you get an error window stating the the "Focal Depth Motor is not initialized."

Notify staff

We can reinitialize that motor remotely, which will allow you to start your exposure.

Rebooting the Computer

Restarting the computer can resolve errors due to the system running out of memory (RAM), and also force the reinitialization & homing of motors.

Restart Procedure

  • In the MLAMenu (main) software, go to File > Exit.
    • It takes a minute or so to close everything. It will also close the camera viewer (SharkVision).
  • Reboot the computer via Windows Start > Power > Restart
    • It takes a few mins for the computer to reboot.
  • On the Windows login screen (Looks like "Heidelberg instruments" background), start typing to log in. Login info is written at the computer.
  • After logging back in, wait ~1 min until the 2 icons appear next to the Time in the start bar. (SiiPlus and XMing)
  • Then launch MLAMenu.exe, wait ~1 min until it has completed initializing.
  • Make sure the "Hardware" section of the software shows all components as "OK" or "Initialized"

System is ready to run exposure jobs.