Sorry this is so long winded, but it is a precis of two years of frustration, trial and error, and getting nowhere.
I have requested assistance with this before but the problem still remains and I really, REALLY, need help. Practical help for now but if the problem persists it may be psychiatric! With Railmaster, creating and running programs of any length is almost impossible as commands, usually turnout operations, are spuriously missed which destroys the flow of the whole scenario unless I happen to notice the error and manually ‘fire’ the turnout. The frustration is obviously compounded as locos, turnouts and rolling stock have to be returned to their respective start positions and the affected program restarted from scratch. Failure can occur at any time in a scenario and affects any turnout at random. Very occasionally a loco will miss a command but not with anywhere near the same regularity as turnouts.
My setup is either a win 10 laptop (hi gaming spec) or win 7 desktop, both with Railmaster 1.73 and both with pro pack connecting via either an e-link or Elite controller, both with latest firmware and powered by a DCC concepts regulated (5A) power supply. Power draw rarely exceeds 1.5 amp even with several locos running with sound. The layout comprises of 9 electrical districts each powered by individual buss and 40 DCC cobalt omega digital turnout motors powered from a dedicated buss. 3 snubbers are fitted at extreme ends of 3 of the cable runs. All cable connections/joints/track droppers are soldered except the main distribution block and turnout motor clip connections. Elite and e-link are always connected to selected computer on Com 2 or 3.
To date I have invested a small fortune in fault finding: changed computers, changed elite and e-link controllers (present ones are brand new), changed USB leads, changed power supplies, changed selected turnout motors (sufficient to discount them as the cause), renewed snubbers, rewired turnout motor supplies (they were fed from respective track power district buss, now all connected to a dedicated supply leg).
My latest experiment was to change the .ini file setting to double pulse for turnout operation but didn’t see any appreciable difference. The problem does seem more pronounced when using the Elite, but resetting after any derailment shorts with the e-link can be even more frustrating than this problem, often requiring a complete shut-down/restart – that is why I would prefer to connect through the elite.
I cannot believe I am the only one to suffer this issue. Three questions – 1. Has anyone reading this had a similar problem and if so, how was it resolved? 2. Can someone in the know suggest what settings (baud rate etc. or .ini file) to tweak? I am loathed to alter the settings to experiment when I do not know what they may affect. 3. Would it be of any use connecting the turnout supply buss via a boost unit fed from the elite boost connection? Don’t want to buy one to find it makes no difference. I’ve spent enough.
I thought I had solved the problem some time ago by uninstalling RM, clearing all RM hidden files manually and reloading RM. I did manage to get a fairly complex 30 minute scenario involving various locos and numerous turnout changes to run right through back to back twice without a single glitch. However, my absolute joy and feeling of ecstasy was short lived as the gremlins subsequently returned, increasing in frequency with time.
On a, I think, unrelated note. I do seem to have trouble dragging my plan with the mouse from left to right & vice versa. It moves very jerkily and settles wherever it wants. I also tried setting the left- hand side of the plan to one floating button and the right-hand side to another button as a work around, but the right-hand button only holds its program for a couple of operations before becoming un-programmed and non-responsive. Ideas?