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Manuel Santos

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C# Windows Form - Serial Port problem / BackgroundWorker

Dec 29 2018 1:16 PM
I developed a Windows Form application, using C#, that receives data through the serial port sent by a microcontroller. I'm receiving the data using the serialPort_DataReceived event in which I use ReadLine() to read the serial port. Then I use the Invoke method to call a function that will print the received string into a textBox. The problem is that the app can't keep up with the rate at which it receives the strings, for example, the string that I send from the microcontroller has the time at which it was sent and even though it has already passed 2 or 3 seconds the app is still printing the strings that were sent at the 0.2 second. And when I send a string to the microcontroller to stop sending data, the app onlys stops ptinting the data after a while, this is, it keeps printing the values stored in the receiving buffer.
I believe that is happens given the large amount of data that the app receives and the rate (I'm using a baud rate of 115200), one string for every millisecond. This is, I think that the app is always being interrupted by the DataReceived event and it doesn't has time to print the data and starts falling behind.
One way I though of overcome this problem was with multi-threading but I can't figure it out how. I already tried a few examples using the BackgroundWorker but I didn't manage to make it work at all. I'm still a noob in terms of programming Windows Form apps and even C#.
Can anyone confirm the cause of the problem? And how do I make a thread to print the received data? 

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