This button is located on the right of Scid's toolbar. Depending on
the status of the external hardware it shows different icons:
This is the normal state after program startup and shows that no
external hardware is active at the moment. Pressing the button will
hook up the configured hardware.
Scid started the communication with the external hardware,
initialisation is in progress. Depending on the driver and hardware
connected, it may take some seconds for things to settle.
While communicating withe the external hardware some error
occurred. Usual sources of problems are e.g. another program
accessing the external hardware, the hardware is not connected to
the PC or simply is not switched on. In rare cases an external
hardware may also behave unexpected. Trying to connect again might
cure the problem as the hardware is usually reset upon disconnect.
Also unplugging and/or switching off the device is an option in
this case. Pressing the button will try again to hook up the
The communication is established, the device is ready and can be
used for move input. Pressing the button will disconnect the
In case a DGT Electronic Chess board is connected and ready, this
button shows up. Pressing the button will disconnect the