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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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Graham, just an observational comment to make your long posts a little easier for members to read and digest. I can see that you have put your text into paragraphs, but no gaps are showing between them.

 

Whereas this reply has clear gaps between blocks of text as indicated above and below this specific paragraph. When you are writing your post, type two consecutive 'carriage returns' [enter or return key on your keyboard]. It does look odd when you are in the post creation window, but when the post is published, only the first 'carriage return' is removed by the forum software, the second one sticks and generates the paragraph gap.

 

This TIP is TIP number 4 in my TIPs page list. My other TIPs can help a forum member to get the best 'user experience' out of this custom written forum software.

 

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

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

Chrissaf

11851 posts


The first two links R965 and R8250 are both basic set controllers. The R8250 is actually a worse controller than the R7229 previously discussed. The R7229 is the replacement controller for the R8250.

 

The R965 is the predecessor for both the R8250 and the R7229. The R965 comes in two variants. The earlier Margate [Made in England] one and the later Made in China one. The Chinese one is the best of the bunch that have been mentioned so far but it is still a relatively low powered DC Analogue controller.

 

As far as cheap controllers are concerned and for something to use to just check out what you have got before investing too heavily then the H&M Clipper in the third link is a good choice. Many on here rate it reasonably highly. Personally I find the technology inside it very dated.

 

I shouldn't be saying this as this is a Hornby forum but for a new product purchase of a high power controller rather than second-hand. Many on here use Gaugemaster and/or Morley controllers.

 

And just so I've understood, on some models you have the controller then a separate transformer i.e. the bit that goes from the mains with a plug that connects to the controller?

 

The basic controllers like the R965, R8250 & R7229 use a 'Wall Wart' type PSU. 'Wall Wart' means a PSU that has the mains plug built integrally into it. The output of the 'Wall Wart' PSU for the R8250 & R7229 controllers is 19 volts DC at 0.5 amps. The output of the 'Wall Wart' PSU for the R965 is 16 volts AC at 0.8 Amps.

 

The more serious controllers such as the HM2000 from Hornby have a direct 'mains' input with an internal multi-winding transformer to support multiple outputs. One transformer winding per output. The Hornby HM2000 has two controlled track outputs rated at 0.55 Amp each, plus one fixed 16 volt AC output plus one fixed 12 volt DC output. These two AUX outputs share 0.3 Amps. However, although the HM2000 is the top of the DC Analogue range from Hornby, its 0.55 Amp max rated controlled outputs are adequate but nothing special. Note that there are at least three different variants of the HM2000, and each one might have slightly different power specs to the specs I have stated.

 

I can't comment on Morley, but the Gaugemaster controllers have models with 'Wall Wart' PSUs as well as controllers with 'mains' input. The GM controller models tend to have outputs of at least 1 Amp as default.

 

In principle and just purely as a 'rule of thumb' the higher powered controllers tend to have direct 'mains' inputs.

 

The H&M Clipper will be a direct 'mains' input controller, therefore given its vintage age, caution should given to ensuring that it is a safe purchase.

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

Chrissaf

11851 posts


Buy a pack of Hornby X8011 terminals. These can be crimped onto bare wires if you don't want to solder. The Hornby product page blurb states these terminals are compatible with the Hornby Power Clips. The other end of the wires can then go into the 'screw down' terminals on the back of the GM COMBI.

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

Chrissaf

11851 posts


Thanks for the correction.

It was the first time I have ever used this 'Wall Wart' term and only used it because I had seen it used by others in previous posts. Obviously my brain and memory incorrectly remembered what I thought I had read before.

 

I've reposted a corrected version whilst it could still be done easily.

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

Chrissaf

11851 posts


RailMaster 1.73 not 1.75

 

Possibly thinking of 1.45 for the Elite perhaps?

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

Chrissaf

11851 posts


Does that mean my internet is faulty or does that mean RM can't access internet?

 

The greyed out icon just means that RM can't access the Internet via your AV [Defender] and/or Firewall.

 

You can easily tell the difference, because if the Internet is visible to the Laptop [even if it isn't visible to RM], you should be able to navigate to any website using your browser. If you wrote your last post on the same Laptop as RM, then the Internet is working on it. RM is just being blocked from using it. At the end of the day, it should in theory only be a configuration issue in Defender / Firewall. It is just a case of finding out what needs to be set correctly and where the setting lies in what Windows screen.

 

Just for Information:

When I installed my copy of RM back in 2013 / 2014 [Windows 8 at that time, it is Windows 10 now though]. I ran the RM installer and the installer raised a pop-up asking a question along the lines of did I want to allow my Firewall (my Windows Firewall) to allow RailMaster. I answered 'Yes ... Allow' and that was it, the installer made all the necessary AV configuration changes for me and I did not have to do anything manually. It just worked, my Key activation went through OK at the first attempt and I got a Green Internet icon (yours being Grey). My AV application that was installed at the time and is still installed today [but version updated obviously] is ESET NOD32 and this AV uses the Windows Firewall, but it disables Windows Defender. I did not have to add any exceptions to my ESET NOD32 anti-virus either. It just all worked and configured itself on its own.

 

I appreciate that this not very comforting for you, but I only describe my experience so that you can see that it is not always normal to have to configure all these settings manually, Do you recall seeing the pop-up message that I described during your initial installation. If you did and you chose 'deny' instead of 'allow'. Then that would be your issue and some deep seated 'Windows Registry' flag has been set, that is now becoming difficult to recind.

 

I'm sure that you have seen and read it, but just in case you missed it or don't realise it is there. The RM installation places a 'Security.pdf' document file in the same place that the installation stored your RM manual. There is much guidance written in that document regarding creating exceptions. However, this PDF could really do with a Windows 10 re-write as it hasn't been updated for several years by HRMS.

 

This is where getting HRMS involved to log-on to your Laptop has sorted these issues out for others, they obviously know exactly where to go within the Windows security systems to manually make the necessary changes.

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

Chrissaf

11851 posts


ComMods have no visibility of images awaiting approval. Approval is only done by paid Hornby admin staff and can take up to 5 weekday working days to appear, sometimes less than 5 days, but that is the luck of the draw.

 

Your last image on Page 1 was posted by you on Saturday 24th and approved by admin on Monday 26th at 09:30. Not bad, considering you posted on a weekend, when admin aren't working.

 

I won't see your image until you can see it too i.e in this thread (if this is where you posted it).

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

Chrissaf

11851 posts


A partial success is better than nothing ... thanks for the update.

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

Chrissaf

11851 posts


Wrong search box.

 

Use the one highlighted in the green box, not the red box.

 

Note, if using a Mobile device with a small screen, then the Green highlighted search forum box will probably be found near the bottom of the page, so scroll down to find it. My screen capture below was taken from a Desktop PC.

 

 

 

Everything I know about searching this forum is documented in TIP 10 in my TIPs Page.

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

 

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

Chrissaf

11851 posts


Sounds like a plan. Good luck.

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

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