Hi,

In the schematic section. Many errors of unconnected wires can be caught by setting 
all the *unconnected pins* to warning in the ERC/Rule matrix. I.e. bottom line and 
right column shall be marked yellow. Make sure that the ERC/Setup is set to *Suppress 
Warning* off (no tick).
This will produce a list of all unconnected pins of which most can be ignored. This 
test is nice to perform at least once before synchronising to the PCB

Cheers
Rene
----- Original Message ----- 
From: Ted Tontis <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: Multiple recipients of list proteledausers <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2001 10:27 PM
Subject: RE: [PROTEL EDA USERS]: newbie can't get power and ground planes to connect up


> double click on the error mark and it will tell you what the error is. Have
> you checked to see if a junction point is in the wrong spot. I have made
> that mistake a couple of times and had a similar problem.
> 
> Ted
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gordon Price [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2001 3:06 PM
> To: Multiple recipients of list proteledausers
> Subject: RE: [PROTEL EDA USERS]: newbie can't get power and ground
> planes to connect up
> 
> 
> Colby,
> Thanks for the tip. I have 11 errors of which 7 are net names on
> short wires to pins on a FPGA that are not used yet. I figured these were
> safe and had nothing to do with my power plane and ground plane connectivity
> problems.
> Four of the errors are pins of an FPGA that go through wires clearly
> to a power ground symbol on the schematic. The error report says that the
> node EA21 can not be found for these 4 pins. I do not know what net EA21 is
> or why it is not "GND". If you double click on the ground symbol on the
> schematic, the box says that it is a member of net "GND", which is correct.
> My schematic now has little red circles with a red x inside on certain
> unconnected pins and some connected pins. What are these little red
> circles?? Error flages of some kind???
> Is there a way to have 99SE re-figure everything from scratch? I am
> still stumped.
> Thanks,
> R. Gordon Price
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Colby - PowerStream [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2001 2:18 PM
> To: Multiple recipients of list proteledausers
> Subject: Re: [PROTEL EDA USERS]: newbie can't get power and ground
> planes to connect up
> 
> 
> Gordon,
> 
> With the Synchronizer always do a Preview Changes before executing.  When
> the Changes Tab pops up with the macro list you will see a Only Show Errors
> checkbox.  Check this.  There is also a report button to generate a report
> from this.
> 
> If you still have trouble after you have checked the netlist errors post
> what you found.
> 
> Also... not sure if this applies.  But do not connect Power Ports directly
> to pins, always run a small piece of wire from the pin... I seem to remember
> it not connecting properly if conencted directly to the pin.  Power Ports
> are essentially netlabels with a visual symbol for the power type chosen.
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Gordon Price <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> To: Multiple recipients of list proteledausers
> <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2001 12:21 PM
> Subject: [PROTEL EDA USERS]: newbie can't get power and ground planes to
> connect up
> 
> 
> > Hi Everyone,
> > I thought I was paying close attention to all the chatter on this
> > net but apparently I have missed the boat again. I have a master schematic
> > and 4 (flat) sub schematics that globally reference the following net
> names
> > I have defined:(using 99SE SP6)
> > GND
> > +1.8V
> > +3.3V
> > +5V
> > When I go to update the PCB from the schematic, I get a macro error
> > that asks me if I want to continue.(Right here is where I would like to
> know
> > what the complaints are but I can't seem to find an error report)
> >If I continue I find that even though I don't see any missing parts or
> > footprints, that when I route the board, the ground and power planes that
> I
> > created in the layer stack manager do not connect up, but rather, ground
> > pins are connected by signal traces rather than to the planes.
> > The online help seems to talk about different conditions than what I
> > see on my dialogue boxes. When I try to edit the properties of the
> internal
> > power planes, the drop down box does not show the +3.3V net name or
> anything
> > for the power ground net GND.
> > Obviously, the macro errors at update time are the problem, but I
> > don't know how to view the errors or see what is really wrong. I have set
> up
> > my design rules and the board will route 100% and all the parts seem to
> ALL
> > be there.
> > I know Protel has it's own power and ground rules but I have not
> > made sense of them yet. I have set the net name on the power ground symbol
> > to "GND" and have used the power arrow symbol with the above net names.
> > One thing I have done is put power and ground pins on my schematic
> > library parts so I can see them on the schematic. I then place a net label
> > on a wire going to the power pin. I did not put a net label on the ground
> > symbol other than the properties box when you add a ground to the actual
> > schematic.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > R. Gordon Price
> > Director of Research Engineering
> > Loronix Information Systems, Inc.
> > Del Mar CA
> > [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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