B-Alert “Use B-Alert Definition File” generates error

B-Alert in AcqKnowledge 4.4.1 and earlier: Attempting to record data after disabling the “Use B-Alert Definition File” option generates an “acquisition cannot continue” error message.

  • Note that this issue is common only to AcqKnowledge versions 4.4.1 and earlier.

This issue can occur under the following circumstances:

  1. Launch AcqKnowledge and create a B-Alert graph.
  2. Select B-Alert > Set Up Data Acquisition > Length/Rate and verify that a definition file has been assigned.
    Assign B-Alert Definition File
  3. Uncheck the “Use B-Alert Definition File” box and close the acquisition setup dialog.
  4. A “Brain state definition file is required for one of the selected channels” message appears. Dismiss this dialog by clicking OK.
  5. Click the Start button.
  6. A second message appears: “There is an error with calculation channel C0. The acquisition cannot continue.”

This error occurs because when a definition file is assigned, calculation channels C0-C7 are automatically enabled to accommodate the Brain State Gauge data. If the “Use B-Alert definition file” is subsequently disabled, these calculation channels remain active even though the definition file is no longer being referenced. If this issue occurs, the following work-arounds are available:

A. Enable the “Use B-Alert Definition File” option and rerun the acquisition.
B. If the definition file is not to be used, disable calculation channels C0-C7 prior to recording:

  • Select B-Alert > Set Up Data Acquisition > Channels and click the “Calculation” tab.
  • Uncheck the “Acquire” box for channels C0-C7 and rerun the acquisition.

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