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[Solved] "Geometry and texture" scanning mode on specific laptops (issues with USB 3.1)

[Updated] October 15, 2019

Reported issue

  • In Artec Studio 13 and earlier: the "Geometry and Texture" scanning mode doesn't work properly, with the FPS rapidly dropping to zero. The "Geometry only" mode works correctly though.
  • In Artec Studio 14: the FPS (frames per second) is lower than usual.

The issue is caused by the USB chipset (and chipset drivers) installed on these laptops.

Our customers have reported issues with the following laptop configurations.
Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and other laptop computers with USB 3.1 chipsets are also very likely to be affected.

  • MSI GT63 8RG-018 TITAN (link): Windows 10, Intel i7-8750Hm, 16 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
  • Dell Alienware 15 R4 (link): Windows 10, Intel i9-8950HK, 32 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
  • Dell Alienware (AW17R5-7811BLK-PUS): Windows 10, Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
  • Predator PH315-51: Windows 10, Intel Core i7-8750, 32GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060, 1 x USB Type-CTM port: USB 3.1 Gen 1 (up to 5 Gbps), 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x USB 3.0 port)
  • Dell New XPS 15 (link): Windows 10, Intel Core i9-8950HK, 32 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti
  • Razer Blade 15 (2018) (link): Windows 10, Intel i7-8750H, 16 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  • Macbook Pro 15" (2018): Windows 10 on Boot Camp, Intel i9, 32GB RAM, Radeon Pro 560X
  • Lenovo P52: Win 10, 32gb Ram, Nvidia P3200 with Max-Q design, I7 8850-H
  • Schenker XMG Neo 15": NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060, Intel Core i7-8750H
  • HP ZBook 15" G5: Win 10, i7-8750H, NVIDIA Quadro P1000
  • HP ZBook 15" G6: Win 10, i7-9750H, NVIDIA Quadro T1000
  • HP ZBook 17" G6: Win 10, i7-9850H, NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000

Solution 1

If you're working with a similar configuration and are facing this issue, please follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Download the file studio.conf that matches your Artec Studio version:
    • Artec Studio 12
    • Artec Studio 13
    • Artec Studio 14: the studio.conf file auto-adapts dynamically (no manual action is necessary).
      For full FPS in Artec Studio 14, scroll down to the Solution 2 section further below in the article.
  2. Update your Artec Studio to the latest subversion (release notes are available here).
  3. Make sure that the Artec Studio application is closed.
  4. Access the hidden AppData folder (please follow the instructions specific to your Artec Studio version).
    • For Artec Studio 12 users:
      Open the hidden folder C:\Users\[your_windows_user_name]\AppData\Roaming\Artec\Artec Studio 12 Professional\12.x.x.xx (or another applicable version) on your PC
    • For Artec Studio 13 users:
      Open the hidden folder C:\Users\[your_windows_user_name]\AppData\Roaming\Artec\Artec Studio 13 Professional (or another applicable version) on your PC
  5. Replace the existing studio.conf file with the modified file which you downloaded in p.1 here above.
  6. Launch Artec Studio; the "Geometry and Texture" scanning mode should now function correctly.

For Spider users 

For the calibration of your scanners, you will need an external calibration tool. Please download it here. Make sure Artec Studio is not running, extract the zipped archive to any folder on your computer and launch diagnostictool.exe.

 

Solution 2

If your computer is equipped with a Thunderbolt 3 port, you can use a Thunderbolt 3 to USB 3.0 adapter. We've specifically tested Kanex Thunderbolt 3 to eSATA + USB 3.0 Adapter (MPN:K170-1118-BK6I) and it works well with both Eva and Spider.

Important:

  • Please note that this solution requires a Thunderbolt 3 port on the computer and a Thunderbolt 3 adapter. Regular USB-C to USB adapters will not work.
  • If you've already used the Solution 1 above, please close the Artec Studio and delete the custom studio.conf file before using the adapter.
  • Kanex produces both Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C type connector) and regular Thunderbolt (older type connector) adapters. Please make sure that you use the Thunderbolt 3 adapter, exactly as specified above.

 

Update: our partners reported that the Caldigit Mini-Dock Thunderbolt 3 Dual HDMI/DisplayPort adapter works well with both their Eva and Spider scanners. After extensive testing, we discovered that the Caldigit adapter might require a USB controller driver update in order to function properly. Furthermore, this adapter seems to be incompatible with some computers (e.g. HP Zbook G5).


Therefore, unless you already own such a Caldigit adapter, we would recommend getting the Kanex Thunderbolt 3 to eSATA + USB 3.0 Adapter instead.

 

Our team is here to help! If you have any questions or issues, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing support@artec3d.com or by clicking on "Submit a request" button at the bottom right side of the screen. We will always be happy to assist you and will get back to you as soon as we can.