Disappearing Dashboard!

Hi! Whenever our team tries to change the dashboard type from Default to anything else on the driver station, it terminates the dashboard, though the driver station stays. We’re not using custom dashboard code with this version…and one of our mentors has a theory that it tries to retrieve the program for say, a Java dash or a C++ dash, every time we switch dash types but we have no idea where in the computer it looks to retrieve such files.

~ Mod Sarah of Team Chaos 2458

What type of dashboard are you specifically changing to?
LabVIEW dashboards should appear on LABView as you’re running them.

Java and C++ should use SmartDashboard, but I would think at least a white window would show up when you switch types. Otherwise, if you try to run custom dashboard code, then that should appear on SmartDashboard as you are running the program.

However, (if this is your question) if you’re running any other dashboard type, then the default will no longer show.

The default Dashboard is located at C:\Program Files (x86)\FRC Dashboard
The smart dashboard is a java program. The jar file for it resides at
C:\Users<username>\wpilib ools\SmartDashboard.jar. It requires java to run, so if it doesn’t come up, you might want to see if java is installed correctly and that there is only one copy of it. For example, I found an extra copy of java in. C:\ProgramData\Oracle\Java\javapath

This page
explains how to edit C:\Users\Public\Documents\FRC\FRC DS Data Storage.ini to always run the desired dashboard. There’s a bug in the driver station program where it wont remember anything other that default or labview dashboard.

I think this was fixed in the mandatory driver station update.