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Altium tracks being unrouted

While fixing another problem, Im noticing that some of traces are broken. The board was 90% routed, and now some of those completed traces are incomplete, like as if there was a small break in them. ...
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Altium PCB layout net error

I've routed a board, and redid my designators in the schematic and updated the changes to the pcb. In doing so, the nets which I have routed, now give me an error. Basically what's happened is that ...
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Merging / Concatenating Buses in Altium Designer

In Altium Designer 14.3 I am trying to merge two 16bit buses into a 32bit bus with one of the input buses becoming the lower 16 bits and the other the upper 16bits of the output bus. Below is an image ...
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How can I use “favorite via” during routing with Altium?

I've set up a few via favorites within Altium, butI can't seem to figure out how to cycle through the various presets. How can I cycle through favorite via presets during routing ?
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Export Gerbers from Altium to CAM350

I'm in the process of exporting a PCB design from Altium. At present I'm saving the output as a .cam file. I've sent this file to a fabricator that uses CAM350 v11 and they are getting an error along ...
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Altium & Patterned Colors

Is is possible to add color fill patterns to standard design layer colors in Altium Designer? I can only find and use solid and transparent colors for all design layers, but cannot figure out if or ...
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Altium Designer: How to tell the auto router not to place vias too close to other components?

My team is designing a very large PCB in Altium Designer (about four hundred 0603 components) and are using the auto router. The issue we're facing is that the auto router is placing some vias too ...
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Project Parameters as variable In Altium

I can't for the life of me figure out how to make the Project parameters show up in my schematic template. I have a variable string called =Title which I'd like to set in the project parameters, but ...
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How to make valid harness port when generate sub-sheet from vhdl

I have an VHDL file (a block) with huge count of the different port that can't combined into the one bus because they have different names. These signals will be further connected to different parts ...
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Reverse Engineering Camtastic file to PCB in Altium

I've followed the directions found here but after the step where I extract the netlists, when I export to PCB it gives the following error. ...
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In Altium Designer, how can you set the autotracer to route all traces with as equal lengths as possible?

Note that this board does not require a power or ground plane, since it's just used to bridge two boards. I want the traces to be as equal in length as possible in order to minimize any difference in ...
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Why polygon pour size and trace width don't influence each other in altium

Im using some thin traces in certain areas of the board that I want to have beefed up with a polygon pour. However, when I run the rule check it just ignores that the width of the traces is now ...
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Altium PCB, plated or unplated pads without hole, what is the difference

When I place a pad, there is an option Plated. Here is the picture What is the difference between plated and unplated pad without hole?
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PCB, pads with holes but with different nets on top and bottom sides

I need pads with holes in by PCB, but the top and bottom side of the pads need to have different nets i.e. the top and bottom sides must be isolated. Here is the picture Is this possible to fabricate ...
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Altium Leaves Board Border Outline on Assembly Notes Layer

No matter what, Altium leaves a border of the board on my cover page when I try to generate an assembly document. I only have two layers: Assembly cover notes and Assembly notes tops. Neither of which ...
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Need Atmel 89C5131 microcontroler library for Altium designer v14.3.9

I want to design a small electronic circuit using Altium designer v14.3.9, and I need the microcontroller Atmel's 89C5131 (the symbol, not for PCB), but couldn't find it in any of my libraries. Does ...
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Multiple Layers per Page Printed on Altium Designer

I use Altium Designer for PCB design. Usually, before ordering prototypes with a better finish, I make my own boards at home, as many do. I'm playing with the Press-n-Peel sheets for the tonner ...
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How to specify a capacitor in Altium schematic as DNP

I am working on a prototype of a project and it involves an antenna. This means that I will probably have to tune this first version a little bit once I get it assembled. To do this, I wanted to place ...
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What are .C1 and .C2 Gerber files in Altium 14?

I am currently working on a project and I'm about to get the Gerber files checked by FreeDFM.com. My question is, in my Gerber files, there are a couple that have the extension .C1 and .C2. In ...
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Exporting from Altium to CST PCB Studio

Based on CST website, they claim that CST PCB Studio can import Altium files. But when I open Import on CST , it gives me just these options : I tried to Export Altium to HyperLynx and Import it ...
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Altium polygon pour doesn't cover same net pads

I've made boards and seen more that use polygon pours that flow over pads that connect to the same net. However, I was tasked with making minor changes to an old board that I didn't design. On the ...
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How does Altium Designer's “impedance constraint” feature work?

Altium has a design rules option for setting a track width constraint according to line's impedance (e.g.; 50\$\Omega\$). How do I use it? Please give me instructions or a link to an online tutorial. ...
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What to do with unused analog inputs?

I am working on an application using ATmega328p atmel microcontroller. I started with the 28 PDIP version, but now I want to use the 32 TQFP, which I noticed has 2 extra inputs after compiling my ...
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Mosfet as a Switch

I have created 2 circuits using altium designer as shown below: After simulation here is what i have for the left circuit: Right circuit: Basically, as you can see in the first circuit i have 2 ...
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How to set Multi Layer Check in Altium 14?

When defining component clearance in Altium it warns you when 2 components are too close, but, it also warns you even when the components are on different layers so obviously they can't collide. As ...
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Altium Hierarchical design error

I have a Hierarchical design in Altium and after compiling I am getting and error about Duplicate NET name wire.... I searched on Altium articles and here on ...
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How to use Altium SVN version control with BitBucket?

I currently have a local SVN repository to commit the changes in my designs but now I want to have this repository in the cloud using BitBucket. I am trying to set this repository as my Altium ...
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How to route to a hidden pin in Altium

I'm using Altium Designer 14.2.3 and I have a connector on which are always two pins connected to each other. In my schematic library I have configured the Pins to be hidden and connected to the ...
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Altium schematic rectangle color?

I'm learning Altium at job. Just curious what is the difference between the yellow rectangle and the white ones on the schematic symbols?
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Need help to understand mechanical drawing for footprint

I am a new user of Altium Designer. I need to make a footprint of this varistor, and I cannot understand its drawing. Same thing happens for the rest of the components. Can someone here tell me how I ...
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Difference between SOP and PSOP

I am trying to create a custom PSOP footprint in Altium designer using the IPC compliant footprint wizard. The datasheet of the ic says that it is a PSOP (plastic small outline package). In the wizard ...
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Altium : Rule on connector

I use auto routing with Altium and I search a way to force routing a connector on Bottom layer (as I do PCB prototype myself, it easier to solder connector on Bottom side). To do this, I create a room ...
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Altium clear region

I have a four layer board: Signal, GND (internal power plane), VCC (internal ground plane), signal. My design includes a chip antenna that requires a completely cleared region at the edge of the PCB. ...
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Save Footprints from PCB in Altium

I have a script that convert Eagle PCB to Altium PCB. It creates the components, tracks, pads, etc. Everything works ok. I can click on "component" like the resistor footprint, and move it, etc. Now, ...
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Avoiding solder mask in certain region in Altium PCB design

I want to have a region in my PCB without solder mask while the other regions should have solder mask. I am not sure how do I do it in Altium? Is it by having a Solid (copper) Fill in the Top/Bottom ...
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Altium, PCB component selection problem

Is there a way to set Altium to select only COMPONENT and not anything else like pads, nearby text or polygons? I'm used to OrCAD where click simply selects the components required to be moved.
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Altium custom library randomly works/fails

I have created a custom library (both sch and pcb, both the same name too) for altium 2009 summer release. I keep them in a separate folder, and after adding them to a project, they work fine, ...
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Altium: create a component that expands to multiple footprints

I am using a component that requires two headers to connect to it. I currently have a single footprint for this component that simply includes two copies of the connecting header. The problem I'm ...
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What are these double lines in Altium designer?

I have a problem with Altium: I want to know what these lines are. They look like a net with 2 perpendicular lines, but I don't know what it is! It's very boring to design my circuit. How do I ...
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Edit a silkscreen over a gerber file in Altium

I have some gerber files that are perfect, except the legend. I would like to include some useful information on the top silkscreen. is it possible to edit a new PCB using a gerber file as background ...
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Altium trace width rule applied to blanket only

In Altium, I set a rule for PCB trace width and clearances for a high current net but I only want it applied to that blanket that I have created in the schematic. I have monitoring lines that wont be ...
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Altium update from schematic - delete and add component constantly

When I issue an engineering change order to update my PCB from the schematic window, 2 components are always deleted and added every time. How can I stop this?
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Does Altium Designer 14 work with Windows 8?

I have a AD 09 license from my school, and they said it would not work on a W8 pc. Now I am in process of getting a new laptop. Since most laptops come with W8, I am wondering if I will be able to run ...
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Altium, it is possible to mirror the silk screen?

I am trying to build a simple PCB at home. It is a single layer PCB, and I would like to transfer the silk screen on the back side, mirrored. But for that, I need to mirror text, etc. To design the ...
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Altium Designer: How do I scale the output gerber file generated by Smart PDF into 1:1 ratio?

I'm trying to export a PCB layout PDF from Altium Designer 13.2.5. When my PCB design is open, I click Menu > File > Smart PDF... to open the PDF generation wizard. Throughout the wizard, I do the ...
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Altium: fetch nets of components from schematic alone with DelphiScript

I would like to automatically derate certain components in a schematic using DelphiScript. For example, say we have a 5V and 12V net in our schematic and some 16V capacitors on each of those nets. In ...
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Altium footprint Wizard SOT669

Anyone know if the footprint wizard in Altium can be used to generate SOT669 package footprints? It appears to me that its only capable of 3 lead MOSFETs. I searched the web and couldn't find ...
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Altium says my labels are floating

Been using Altium and multi sheet projects for a while. My latest project involves a lot of signals so I'm trying to keep things tidy using lots of labels, ports, busses. So I have a bus for enable ...
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Altium - Daisy-chaining repeated schematic sheets

Is there a more elegant way to do the following? Essentially I am trying to daisy-chain multiple "LED" devices, each with a data-in and data-out port. So do1 will be connected to di2, do2 -> di3... ...
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Imported 3D Models are always white?

Every time I try to create a footprint and embed an .stl file of the actual mechanical CAD of the part, the color information seems to get lost. When I select the footprint in the .PcbLib file, ...