Timeout problem in matlab

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Jim on 24 May 2013
I am trying to read data through serial communication in matlab
I am reading 2 bytes of data
First byte is zero for most of the times and 2nd byte contains information.
I am getting timeout error Is there any command to read data starting with zeros Warning: Unsuccessful read: A timeout occurred.
nexys = serial('COM1', 'BaudRate', 9600, 'Parity', 'odd', 'Terminator', '', 'Timeout', 1);
myNum = 4563;
%fprintf(nexys, 'd1539'); %Fungerar
%fprintf(nexys, 'd%4d', myNum); %Fungerar
for i=1:2
fprintf(nexys, 's');
scan_s1 = fscanf(nexys,'%s')-0;
fprintf(nexys, 't');
scan_s2 = fscanf(nexys,'%s')-0;
Can anybody suggest something about this
Thanks Jim
Jim on 24 May 2013
Hi Matt kindig,
Thanks for ur reply. Even when I am using LF as terminator I am getting the same error: Yes, I think matlab does not recognizes the data I am sending Is this because 1st byte contains 00000000? Is there any command to recognize zeros in matlab
Thanks in advance

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Jan on 25 May 2013
You try to read a string but do not define a terminator. Even the the LF terminator, the string might not be terminated, when no LF appears in the data stream. So are you sure, that FSCANF for a string is what you want?
FREAD read all values, while the import of a string might be impeded by a zero byte, because they terminate strings in C.
Jan on 26 May 2013
@Jim: Subtracting 0 from a CHAR array converts the type to DOUBLE:
c = '123'
d = c + 0
Alternative, which is less funky:
d = double(c);

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