Mister Rusty
71000 Duke of Gloucester (DoG) had a wobble yesterday.
Whilst sitting on the turntable, sizzling away to test the turntable circuitry, which passed with flying colours , it sounded superb. At the end of the continuity test, it was decided to test the auto-reverse module.
So, with F1only (steam) turned on, one notch of speed was set on the NCE Powercab. All went dead on the loco. Zip, nada, nowt.
Controller was fine, and the turntable would do what was asked of it.
Hmmm
Bedtime beckoned, so, .?.
This morning,
Wait on Sea
15479417399607423928786640019302.jpg 
was set up, cleaned, and the Powercab plugged in. Another dcc-equipped loco was tried and all performed perfectly.
So the Dog was placed on the track. Just as dead as last night.

Analogue was swapped in (quick change wiring, plug out, plug in, it is a test track after all.) The Dog ran perfectly on a very low setting, inferring that the decoder was not in circuit.
Another and coffee.
So, what to do next?
Remembered some sage advice to someone else from Ahjay (thanks, see, l do pay attention ).
Set up the Powercab again, selected program track, read the decoder make and version, they came up cleanly, so l went for a 2-8-8 reset.
This reverted to factory default #3, and l did my usual test on F2.
A wondrful sound emanated from the loco's nether regions,F1 set nicely , so the big one was next........
After another coffee and
Recapped all my actions  as the next step was when it all went bersequack previously. Finished the coffee and wound on notch 1, success!!!

So, l guess the moral is that before it is thrown against the wall, or sent to a repairer, do a 2-8-8 to factory reset yourself, they do work.
I know that the first one takes courage, it did me anyway.
Now l frequently will do a reset on any troublesome decoder, it often works if there is life in the decoder.
Just intrigued why it turned itself off.
I guess that it's a software issue from Hornby, their decoders are rumoured to be supplied by a respected manufacturer, then loaded with their own budget software.
If this is so, has anyone successfully rebooted a Hornby sound decoder?
Please, comments will be gratefully received.
Pete





Bunkerbarge,
I am locked out, hooked up on your last message, this is the only way that l can get into the forum.
Anyone else having issues?
Please check.
Could anyone reading  this, please advise Jazavalley or another admin , thanks
Be careful, in case it's a virus. The message received is:-
The last email that was sent to you was returned as spam by your email provider. Please update your account with a valid email address. Ahjay said  that my details are all in order, correct address and all.
Pete
Quote 0 0
Julian
It's looking like "Computer software = Wife software = Hornby software  ...  given the attempts at Wife software Resets and Hornby have more expensive production reasons for making changes, I guess rebooting a Hornby Decoder a bit less of a possibility  ...  at least the Wife may be influenced by a glass of good wine and a suitably fancy box of chocolates.  Hornby might, on the other hand be influenced by    ...................              ......................           ......   ......  ...  .

Sympathies

Julian
Quote 0 0
RAF96
Hornby TTS decoders embedded sound chip is what is known as WORM i.e. write once, read many. Hence once written the sound files cannot be changed. The basic decoder chip firmware can be rewritten and that is what was done to fix the uni-directional control problem seen last year.
Rob
Quote 0 0
Mister Rusty
Rob,
So I have found  ðŸ˜„
Bunkerbarge,
I am locked out, hooked up on your last message, this is the only way that l can get into the forum.
Anyone else having issues?
Please check.
Could anyone reading  this, please advise Jazavalley or another admin , thanks
Be careful, in case it's a virus. The message received is:-
The last email that was sent to you was returned as spam by your email provider. Please update your account with a valid email address. Ahjay said  that my details are all in order, correct address and all.
Pete
Quote 0 0