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I've bought a bunch of these decoders & I'm just having a problem with the headlight function (f0). The decoder insruction sheet mentions that the outputs are programable but I seem to be missing the bit that tells me how to map the output to a function button. Head light & tail lights behave like DC directional lighting, ie, when the loco is going foreward the headlight is on, and rear lights in reverse, but they wont turn on & off using F0,They can however be controlled by using CV33 & 34, anyone know how to connect CV33 & 34 to F0. I'm using an Elite controller but the Loco's fitted with Bachmann & Hornby decoders respond as requested.
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Sorry Paul, I don't know but I am happy to post that question for you on the digitrax users group if you like as they are very clued up on all things digitrax.

Let me know, I would be happy to assist.
 

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QUOTE (nzpaul @ 16 Mar 2008, 15:29) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I've bought a bunch of these decoders & I'm just having a problem with the headlight function (f0). The decoder insruction sheet mentions that the outputs are programable but I seem to be missing the bit that tells me how to map the output to a function button. Head light & tail lights behave like DC directional lighting, ie, when the loco is going foreward the headlight is on, and rear lights in reverse, but they wont turn on & off using F0,They can however be controlled by using CV33 & 34, anyone know how to connect CV33 & 34 to F0. I'm using an Elite controller but the Loco's fitted with Bachmann & Hornby decoders respond as requested.
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Paul M

***Hello Paul

Basically you need to set F0 up as follows (CV33 = F0 Forward and CV34 = F0 Reverse)

CV33 = 1
CV34 = 2

This should give you on/off via the F0/lights button

to help you here is a chart showing digitrax function remapping

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Richard
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Thanks guys but I've done some hunting on the digitrax web site & found a whole "general" instruction manual for their decoders. Burried way down on page 40 is istructions to program a master light switch on CVs 49 & 50, something to do with the FX lighting effects, going to have a go shortly & will post results here if things work out.
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QUOTE (nzpaul @ 18 Mar 2008, 17:25) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Thanks guys but I've done some hunting on the digitrax web site & found a whole "general" instruction manual for their decoders. Burried way down on page 40 is istructions to program a master light switch on CVs 49 & 50, something to do with the FX lighting effects, going to have a go shortly & will post results here if things work out.
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***Good luck

I didn't bother posting the whole manual for you as the Digitrax approach to this manual is always confusing to less experienced DCC users (actually, its confusing to most users no matter how experienced)

Re the Fx light functions, those higher CVs are simply for special lighting effects, and won't alter the function mapping which is standardised as part of the DCC RP's (F0 light forward & reverse on/off = CV33 and 34)

To have standard lights that turn on and off, CV 33=1, CV34=2 and CV49 and 50 should be set to zero. which is the decoder default.

If you get tangled then use factory reset which is CV 8 to 8

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ok, got this sorted at last. Fitted decoder to Rivarossi H8 (easiest loco to fit decoder to so far) and tested without setting address (left decoder at default setting) & found function worked normally. Then reset address usung the Elites's Address Write feature & found I'd lost control of the functions. Then reset the decoder to default (write 8 to CV8) & found decoder back to normal. Rewrote address by writing new number to CV1 instead of using the quick key & found that the decoder now programmed with desired address & functions working properly. So I hope this can be of use to others , I suspect all Digitrax decoders will require a similar approach from Elite users. Now I just have to work out how to write a long address should I require one.
By the way, dont muck around with CV's 49 & 50 unless you want flashing headlights or head/rear light alternately flashing, all good fun but not particularly useful on a steam loco.
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