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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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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

11858 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

11858 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

11858 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

11858 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

11858 posts


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

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

Chrissaf

11858 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

11858 posts


Sounds like a plan. Good luck.

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

Chrissaf

11858 posts


Is that the only piece I need to make the track DCC compatible?

 

If its Hornby track and going to be DCC controlled through a single connection from the controller, then the Hornby points will need R8232 DCC point clips in order to circumvent the electrically isolating nature of Hornby points and make all extremes of the layout track live at all times. The R8232 DCC point clips are not needed if you implement a DCC power BUS with droppers based DCC power distribution system. But note that a BUS based power distribution system is going to be difficult to achieve without resorting to soldering wires to rails.

 

 

If you are going to use traditional non DCC control of the points, then I would recommend either a 16 Volt AC transformer source, or a 19 Volts DC ex Laptop power supply and feed the appropriate output of one of those into a CDU [Capacitor Discharge Unit]. The output of the CDU will provide more than enough power to operate the most stubborn Solenoid point motors.

 

The operating switches used with a CDU need to be a single pole change-over that are non-locking and sprung biased to a centre-off position. Alternatively, the PECO PL-26 switches are compatible for use with a CDU. Whereas the Hornby R044 point operating switches are not 100% compatible.

 

The ex Laptop 19 volt DC supply will be an easier and probably cheaper purchase than a 16 volts AC cased transformer.

 

The underlined text are clickable URL links.

 

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

Chrissaf

11858 posts


Modifying the R602 and/or R8206 and/or the R8201 for DCC compatibility.

 

 

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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Particularly as my reply includes an image, using the 'Blue Button' may result in your reply being held back for image approval, even though it is an existing image.

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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.

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