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Signature: Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/page21.html

Bio: RAF aircraft apprentice 1960-63, 96th Entry of Lord Trenchard's Brats, hence the handle and avatar. RAF fitter, then technician leaving as a Chief Technician multi-trade skilled in 1984 Engineer in the aircraft industry 1984-2009, mainly product support for various MoD aircraft, ending my days as Design Authority for RAF/MoD airfield arrestor gear in UK & overseas. Now retired. β-tester.

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The Xpressnet cable is best used for slaving another Select to the Master unit, which can be a Select or an Elite.

If the wrong cable is used (seeforum discussion about Booster cable versus Walkabout cable) then it can disrupt the DCC signal. Hornby initially used one cable, found errors, and went to the current cables configuration for each purpose.

There is no fear using the 4 amp supply. The 1 amp supply protects by dropping voltage within the PSU, causng the Select to reboot until the load falls below trigger pevel.  The Select is set to protect internally at 4-amps in event of short or overload.

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/page21.html

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Another fine job almost complete Ken. I hope it runs as good as it looks.

.................

(what can we talk him into building next......)

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/page21.html

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If the booster unit is a Hornby item then connect it using Figure 4 in the instructions.

 

The logic of using a booster to power a separate district just repeats the DCC signal passed to it by the controller which is still powerng and commanding the prime district.

 

These power districts must be electrically separate each with their own power supply, linked only by the booster unit which acts purely as a DCC signal relay.

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/page21.html

RAF96

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In junior school it was the ‘slipper’ or ‘plimsol’ across the backside admininistrered by teachers In class. The headmaster/mistress had a leather strap.

 

In grammar school the headmaster alone had a cane, but teachers used a variety of methods, such as the ruler or plimsol. We had one teacher we called ‘The Knock’ as his method was to wrap you across the back of the head with a nuckle as he walked the rows of desks. Another always carried a textbook in his hand and you were ‘tapped’ on the head with this to regain attention.

 

At home dad was the ultimate threat used by mother. He would take off his wide leather belt and I would get a slapping with it - if he could catch me. I would leg it down the street and wait till he went on shift at the mine before coming home again.

 

In RAF apprentices we were never ‘physically’ abused, but always at the butt of the drill instructors by way of shouting, pointless activity like extra bull nights (barrack room cleaning followed by inspections), demeaning in front of collegues (e.g. thanks to you ***** the whole flight will do extra this or that), forced marches or a favourite on Saturday afternoons when we should have been stood for the weekend, falling in on the parade square in uniform A, march at double time around the square, get changed into uniform B, repeat with uniform C, etc all afternoon. More bearable if you took the attitude - it may be raining but if I here all afternoon, then so is the drill instructor. All very character building, or so they said.

 

You can see why I have no sympathy for today’s crybaby snowflakes and the ‘it won’t plug-n-play so toys out of pram‘ throwers.

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/page21.html

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Keyboard lack of response is a well known problem if a unit has been out of use for some time. The buttons press a triangular click contact which rubs across the motherboard as you press, thus removing any latent corrosion. If a key is not responding repeatedly press it until such action scrubs the contact points clean. These triangular contacts are held to the mobo by (hi-tech) sticky tape. See the Elite teardown report in my linked website for more details of the Elite innards.

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/page21.html

RAF96

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Nn/ is the build batch and /nn seems to be the build year, so yours may have sat on a shelf for some time before you bought it ‘new’.

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/page21.html

RAF96

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I have one with Error on screen and that is broken, I just cannot get it to boot properly. Like you I have no idea why it died. Batch code from memory is 22/17.

 

As yours is within warranty I would send it back to them. Call HCC for a returns number.

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/page21.html

RAF96

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You say the layout boards will fold in on themselves when out of use, which is determining the height of the ‘guard’ rails.

 

You can make these guards any height you like to suit the little fellas viewing angle, but you could then mount the board hinges on blocks high enough to provide clearance for any awkward on-board bits and pieces when the boards fold.

Like this...

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/page21.html

RAF96

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Another way is to write directly to CV1 (short address) rather than use the Elite write-address menu method. There should be no difference but as sometimes happens electronic devices seem to have a mind of their own.

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/page21.html

RAF96

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Growling would point to gear train wear or poor mesh. As the gears load up the motor has to work harder. Less so in reverse as you say so maybe it has spent most of its life running fwds.

 

A little grease on the gears may help rather than oil, which is better for bearings, pin joints, etc.

 

If you want to fully dismantle it then it could be worth fettling any rough bits on the gears, even turning the gears over if possible to even out wear.

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/page21.html

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