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Micro-Manager, Frequently Asked Questions

When I Press Acquire I need to define a Channel???

This annoyance is fixed in version 1.1. Download version 1.1 or higher and install.

Does Micro-Manager work with ... camera/microscope/etc?

Check the list of supported hardware at the Micro-Manager website and in this wiki. If you are unsure, post your question to the Mailing List

I have some hardware that is not supported by Micro-Manager. How do I make it work?

First, contact the manufacturer of the hardware and express your interest in a Micro-Manager adapter. We simply do not have the resources to work on every piece of hardware out there and we made an open interface so that everyone can write support for any piece of hardware. We strongly encourage companies producing hardware to take care of Micro-Manager support themselves (and quite a few have already done so). The company might be persuaded if they hear from enough customers. Alternatively, you can write the adapter yourself, or find a friend with experience writing code in C++ (there are quite a few examples so it will not be extremely difficult). There is a device developer's kit, and providing support to people writing device adapters is one of our top priorities. Lastly, post your request to the Micro-Manager mailing list. We or others might be persuaded to work on this if we hear that people need it.

Something does not work. What do I do?

Send an email describing your problem to the Micro-Manager mailing list. Describe your system in as much detail as possible (OS, attached hardware), and describe the steps that lead to the problem you encounter as well as the error message you see. Include the configuration file that you are using (the *.cfg file you select on startup).

If the problem is not resolvable by email, you will need to send more debug information. To do so, go to the 'Tools' menu in Micro-Manager and select 'Options...'. Click the 'Clear log file' button and make sure that the 'Debug log enabled' checkbox is checked. Now repeat the steps that cause the error and then email the file 'CoreLog.txt' (in your Micro-Manager directory) to together with your config file and a description of the problem. We will likely need your help to test some code modifications to deal with your problem.

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