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Chrissaf

Signature: Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Bio: Retired, but spent my career working in IT and Electronics. So using a PC to control things is what rocks my boat.

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Chrissaf

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The R965 is a basic 'Train Set' controller included in original early train sets just to get you going after unpacking the box. They're not meant as serious layout DC Analogue controllers.

 

However that said, many users on this forum use 2, 3 or 4 of them at a time as independent separate loop controllers with some success.

 

When in good fault free condition, they definitely outperform their later R8250 replacements.

 

Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Chrissaf

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You could buy a more expensive non sound decoder for the dummy car that supports function mapping. Then you can move the F1 & F2 dummy car light functions to something different. The question is move the functions to what though, because the motor car being sound is likely to have all available function numbers pre-allocated to sounds. But that principle is still workable with limitations. For example, I have a Loksound in a Class 37. The Cab light is mapped to F8 but F8 is also a coupling clank 'spot sound' which I am not too bothered about. If I want to put the Cab light on I just 'close my ears' and ignore the spot sound coupling clank.

 

Another option would be to give the dummy car decoder a different DCC address. I don't see that as an issue as the dummy car has no motor and is lights only. The downside is that you then have to perform more button pressing on the controller [once for the motor car and again for the dummy]. Of course, if you had RailMaster connected to your Elite [which you don't] then you could create little programs to automate the multiple tasks for you at the 'press of a single button'.

 

Others might have some other ideas for you to consider.

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Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Chrissaf

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Sounds like a temporary 'server unavailable' issue at the HRMS end of the Internet link as per my very first suggestion in my earlier reply. This can happen when they update their software or it was just genuinely busy and not accepting connections.

 

Don't forget as you are moving from Windows XP to Windows 10 you will need to ensure that your 'railmaster.ini' file content is Windows 10 friendly.

 

The following assumes that the following lines are not already at the suggested values.

 

If you use an eLink change "Reset eLink on start=" from 1 to 0

I also suggest if you are using an eLink that the following lines are set

Alternative comms=1

Check controller=1

 

If you are using an Elite then try these instead:

Alternative comms=1

Check controller=0

 

The above are only suggestions and may need further amendments if controller communication issues subsequently arise.

Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Chrissaf

11583 posts


It might be a temporary server problem. Park the task for today and try again tomorrow.

 

It might be your Firewall blocking internet access for RM ... have you created a Firewall exception as per the RM Security.pdf manual. Use the Windows Firewall only and disable any third-party Firewall that you might also have installed at the same time .. like Norton's for example.

 

What AV does the new W10 laptop have installed. Norton and McAfee are known to be too aggressive for RM.

 

Send a 'support request' using the inbuilt help system. Make a point of saying that it is a test message to check communications. You should get a near instant 'automated acknowledgement reply'. If you don't get this reply, then look at the Firewall and AV points mentioned above as these would appear to be blocking RM access to the Internet.

 

 

Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Chrissaf

11583 posts


In my opinion you need a glue with a little bit more instant grab compared to PVA. PVA will stick the card eventually if held together long enough. There are specially formulated model card glues.

 

One that comes to mind is 'Roket Card Glue'.

Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Chrissaf

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So what happens if you use your recent Win10 installation to control your layout instead of the XP version. Does the issue go away. If it does, then that would prove it is definitely an issue with the 1.72 RailMaster installation on the old XP laptop as you suspect.

 

If the diagnostic test I have suggested above proves beyond doubt that the issue is with the XP Laptop RM installation, then I suggest you manually update the XP to 1.73 and test again.

 

Note that RailMaster will not automatically update from 1.72 to 1.73.

 

1.73 needs to be manually downloaded from the link at the top of the RailMaster forum and manually installed over the top of the 1.72 version. Remember to run the 1.73 installer by 'right clicking' the downloaded installer file and choosing 'Run as administrator'.

 

Although RM was originally written for XP, it has been modified extensively to get it working with initially W7, then W8 and now W10. Re-installation using this latest 1.73 version may possibly fix it as your symptoms do sound like a possible file corruption issue of some kind.

 

The 'bite the bullet' solution may require you to delete your locos from your loco roster list and re-add them again from scratch. At least this 'last resort' solution can be tested by just initially trying it out with a single loco to start with. Historically, deleting the locos and re-adding them has been proven to fix other throttle slider related issues. But in the past, users have usually only reported 'throttle slider' issues on one loco at a time, not the whole fleet.

 

Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Chrissaf

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What version of RailMaster are you using?

 

When exactly did this issue start?

 

Is there some specific event that happened just prior to this issue starting?

[RM update for example ... or new loco added to the roster etc]

Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Chrissaf

11583 posts


TIP: As a newbie poster on the forum, just be aware that the 'Blue Button with the White Arrow' is not a 'Reply to this post' button. If you want to reply to any of the posts, scroll down and write your reply in the reply text box at the bottom of the page and click the Green 'Reply' button.

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See also – further TIPs on how to get the best user experience from this forum.

https://www.hornby.com/uk-en/forum/tips-on-using-the-forum/

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Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Chrissaf

11583 posts


Heartfelt thanks once again to this forum especially Chrissaf and RAF96.

 

Another 'hole in one' with my targeted RM solutions. Glad to have been of service.

Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Chrissaf

11583 posts


In bandying about all these voltages ... 15 volts this ... 18 volts that ... it is essential to state whether these voltages are AC or DC.

 

AC and DC voltages are not the same in the way that they are used in electrical calculations. And therefore their numerical values can not be interchanged as representing the same measurement of voltage. As I said in my last reply, sinusoidal AC voltages are stated as RMS values. You have to understand what RMS means. It is a mathematical way of expressing equivalent power in an AC waveform.

 

Then there is 'off load' and 'on load' stated voltages. Most AC transformer voltages are stated 'on load' at their rated current load. So a 15 volt AC transformer will easily measure 18 to 21 volts AC when 'off load', but it is still labelled as a 15 volt AC transformer.

 

.....it should be 21 volts, according to your formula.

 

Not correct.

 

The 21 volt figure was quoting the DC Voltage after DC rectification, whereas the 16 volt figure was an AC RMS value ..... something completely different.

 

A 16 volt AC RMS voltage is a 'PEAK' AC voltage of 22.6 volts, but any normal AC multimeter is calibrated to read the RMS value ... in this case 16 volts AC.

 

This is the very 'Ping Pong' 'To and Fro' 'Going round in Circles' dialogue I was trying to avoid by not commenting on the original question earlier. And I now wish I hadn't bothered.

Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

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