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Venus misbehavior - inverters turn off when GX is connected with VE.Bus cable

I have a growing number of unexplainable system shutdowns. Both (parrallel) inverters switch off and become extremely dead, no leds, no way to revive them (which is extra inconvenient if I am 115 km from the spot). Not with the remote panel, nor with the switches on the inverters.

Eventually I found out that ressurrection can be achieved by breaking the VE-bus connection between the two, firing the master up, (which then shows error leds) and finally by restoring the connection everything works again.

I suspect some incompatabilities between the present firmware in the inverters and the perpetually updating software in the venus GX?

Venus GX - VGX
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mvader (Victron Energy) answered ·

Hi all, with some help from a colleague, this was eventually resolved, and found to be a broken VE.Bus cable.

Specifically pin 6 wasn't making proper contact. Tested by @josmeijer with a cable tester; I whish more people used those now and then! :-).

One more story where a broken cable causes lots of time going down the drain; but glad its solved!

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josmeijer answered ·

I considered updating the multi' s firmware and proposed it here. It was discouraged by someone else of your staff.

It's a quantum leap from the running firmware to te present version and I kind of share his concerns. (and I can't find the RS485 interface :-)

Further I think that the fact that my various trials (described before) prove that the command for switching the inverters off comes from the Venus GX.

As soon as I break power from the Venus, the inverters come back alive and the remote panel works as it is supposed to.

I guess that updating the multi's won't change much then.
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Daniël Boekel (Victron Energy Staff) answered ·

Hi @josmeijer

Please tell what components are in the system, and what assistants etc.

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There are 2 24/3000/70 multi's running in parallel single-phase, a VE-bus MULTICONTROL, a BVM700 and a Venus GX

https://vrm.victronenergy.com/installation/27397/share/8efa415f

No particular assistants

Hi @josmeijer

The inverters are running on ancient firmware, version 115


I'd first update the firmware before looking further

josmeijer avatar image josmeijer Daniël Boekel (Victron Energy Staff) ♦♦ ·

I considered updating the multi' s firmware and proposed it here. It was discouraged by someone else of your staff.

It's a quantum leap from the running firmware to te present version and I kind of share his concerns. (and I can't find the RS485 interface :-)

Further I think that the fact that my various trials (described before) prove that the command for switching the inverters off comes from the Venus GX.

As soon as I break power from the Venus, the inverters come back alive and the remote panel works as it is supposed to.

I guess that updating the multi's won't change much then.

josmeijer avatar image josmeijer Daniël Boekel (Victron Energy Staff) ♦♦ ·

So I replaced the firmware with the latest available (I found my MK2) Nothing changed.

I did some more experiments: I suspected some quirk as when the inverter is shut off the router switches off too so I powered it from a back up power source.

I tried the virtual panel in VE configure.

The results are very consistent. Whatever way I use to switch off the inverters, they will never come alive again unless I power-off the Venus GX.

So I repeat that i.m.h.o. there is a bug in the software there.firmware159.jpg

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josmeijer answered ·

But I tried to disconnect the VEbmc, redetected the system and voila I could turn the multiplus on. But..... If I reconnect the VEbmc and switch off, the off tickbox in the remote console is selected. And we are back at the start and I cant switch it on, neither with the switch, nor with the remote console as access to the switch is blocked again.


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JohnC answered ·

Hi @josmeijer

Maybe this screen?..

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josmeijer answered ·

I further tracked down the problem. It is in fact the VE-bus cable to the Venus GX that has to be unplugged to re-start the inverter ls. If I take the power off the venus it has the same result. (untill the software is loaded, then they switch off again)

It looks like the venus has the "off" flag for the multiplus and previously that was overruled by the VE-bus multicontrol.

But apparently not anymore.

But I can not find a way to reset that flag in the remote console.

In my humble opinion this resides in the VenusGX program.

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Further refining : the on position of the VE-bus MULTICONTROL does overrule the Venus GX. But once switched off the VEbmc looses it's dominance.