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Hi all

1.0.5 has been around for a while now, becuase the ESU forum is currently only available in german a lot of english speaking ECoS users tend to steer clear of it, also when you try to register it fails unless you enter a german postal code. The fact that you now have to register to get the update is therefore making things a little awkward and awareness of update availablility not what it should be.

For these reasons i emailed ESU and obtained permission, (legally covering my *ss), to post the updates to the files area of the ESU ECoS yahoo group untill the english forum site is launched. unfortunately i didn't request permission to post the file here as well though. I will upload further updates to that area as they become available.

The long and the short of it is if you want the updates and don't want to register with the ESU forum go to Yahoo ECoS Group - Files. You may have to register and join the group but at least it's in english and it's another useful resource for all ECoS owners.

Have a nice day.

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QUOTE I'm interested in how your setting down with your Ecos and your comments on the system.

MMaD - I don't have too much experience with any other top end systems on which to draw any comparisons. What i will say is that i fully agree with Neils comments. It is a great system and so easy to use, i don't regret my choice at all


With regard to how i'm settling down with it, I'm getting there, most of my battle is getting to fully understand the DCC concepts and terminology. That's what is holding me back at the moment but i'm learning very quickly not to make silly expensive mistakes that cause my sound fitted class 20 to shoot off the end of my test track at full speed and then a scale drop of a couple of hundred feet onto a wooden floor.
Needless to say that loco has been replaced for testing with a cheapo hornby class 8.

I have one or two other problems currently which i'm not sure whether they are attributable to the ECoS or me.

1. Shuttle trains - i can setup a shuttle and get it running but have two problems the first being the inability to control tge braking and stopping positions correctly, (probably my error), secondly when ending the shuttle the ECoS appears to hang completely and needs a complete reset to recover. (probably ECoS bug).

2. When my trains run over a particular set of points it fires all the points in the same direction about three or 4 times before it settles down again, my feeling is that it's likely to be a wiring fault on my test track but i've checked it out a couple of times and can't find anything. The points are running from a hornby accessory decoder which was a pig to get working, bearing in mind all the other reported hornby issues maybe it's something to do with that. I have a feeling though that it didn't happen with ECoS 1.0.4 firmware installed so maybe it's a bug in 1.0.5 after all. (not sure whether i can roll it back or not to try it).

Anyway trying to solve problem 2 is my project for today, i'll try rolling back to 1.0.4 first if that doesn't work i have acquired a lenz ls150 to swap the hornby out.

On the negative side it is sometimes a little difficult to get support either from ESU direct or through the forum but i think this is quite often a two fold language problem. one being the obvious german - english translation and the other possibly a novice like me not explaining my queries in the correct terminology.

QUOTE I haven't bothered with the updates yet as it hasn't been neccessary and sounds too hard to be honest. Figured I'd leave that till I needed to or had nothing more pressing to do. I got version 1.0.3 on mine when I bought it so it's just the last two updates I don't have.

Neil - Uploading the firmware update is very very easy as long as you observe all the normal precautions you shouldn't have any problem, having said that if the newer versions don't contain new features or fixes for specific issues that you have then maybe leaving well alone is the right strategy.

The main reason i'm on 1.0.5 is that i am using RR&Co train controller and was told at Dortmund by Juergen Freiwald himself that the only fully supported combination is ECoS 1.0.5 with train controller 5.81c. Again having said that i did have train controller working with 1.0.4 whilst i was waiting for 1.0.5 to be released.

As far as a walkabout is concerned i picked aup a Roco lokmaus in germany for just a few euros and i am using that as a walkabout throttle through the ECoS sniffer and it works a treat. The only problem with it being it's a lokmaus 3 i think so only supports 2 digit addressing so i will have to replace it eventually but for what it cost me it's perfect for my early experiments.

I'd Happily let MMaD have aplay with my ECoS but unfortunately we are a couple of hundred miles apart
it would actually be quite good to get an experienced DCC user to have a go in person so that i could draw on their knowledge.

Anyway Guys Have a good day, i've got some trains to play with


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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 21 Jun 2007, 03:43) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Thanks John. This sounds like what was discussed on the previous thread. I will get the cable you mentioned. Is the modem/router something I will need to buy?

I Saw the thread you mentioned and it did make things sound terribly complicated, i'm a computer systems engineer and it was confusing me


Providing your PC already has a network adapter all you need to connect the ECoS direct to the PC is a cat 5 crossover cable then follow the instructions in the manual. If you don't aleady have a broadband router/modem you definately don't need to buy one just to communicate with the ECoS.

QUOTE How did you connect up your Ecos to the computer? Did you need a special cable to connect up your Lokmaus?

To connect the ecos to the computer see above. To connect the lokmaus you connect the track power output wires from the roco command station to the sniffer input on the ECoS, the maus itself then connects to the roco command station as if it was a standalone system. The ECoS then sees the signals from the Roco command sation track output, translates them and sends them out via it's own track output. When you program your locos in the ecos you must also put in the sniffer address.

So if you had a loco in the lokmaus at address 09 and the same loco in the ECos at address 1111 the sniffer would listen for commands for loco 09 from the lokmaus and translate them to commands for loco 1111 before sending the command out to the track.

It's all explained in the manual, just in case you find my description sounds like gobbledygook.


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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 27 Jun 2007, 05:54) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I was having a look through the ECoS forum and came across this thread in English. It appears that the Veissmann 5233 S-88 will not function if it is the last S-88 in the series. This means that if it is the only one you have it will not work. ESU have recommended LDT S88's instead. They are working on compatibility with the 5233.
How I wish they had discovered this three months ago before I bought a 5233. Oh well, gives me an excuse to go shopping at LDT!


I have LDT modules and they are very good. Good support to - and in english
 
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