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QUOTE (Diggy @ 12 Nov 2007, 07:09) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I have a Digitrax Superchief and have successfully re-addressed three Bachmann decoders from the factory setting, however, with the Hornby decoder I just cannot change it from the factory address of 03.

Any suggestions


***Sorry to suggest it but the best thing you can do is return it to your dealer as not fit for market / not able to be used and swap it for another brand. The Honby decoders are NOT NMRA compatible and have severe software problems, so will not operate reliably, especially with other brand systems.

You and your Digitrax system are not at fault here!

Richard Johnson
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QUOTE (Branchliner @ 12 Nov 2007, 18:52) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I have recently chipped a Hornby Fowler 4P with a TCS decoder, feeling a bit lazy I decided to reprogramme the address on the main but this was not possible. I had to resort to using the programming track. (I use the NCR system).

Some loco/decoder combinations do not respond to the programme track, in this case programming on the main is the only option.

I have a DMU which on occasion takes off like a bolting rabbit for about three inches then stops when the system is switched on. When placed on the programme track it shows the address has changed to 256, resetting the address cures the problem until the next time.

I have one loco which refuses to accept a 4 digit address, not a problem but slightly annoying.

Most of the time the system runs very well but the point of all this illustrates how fickle DCC systems can be at times.

Brian

***Hi Brian - yes DCC can be fickle, but its very much down to the combination of wiring, power supply, system and operator, rather than the gear itself most of the time. Simple things have unforseen consequences, but are mostly easily fixed.

for example, I reprogramme chips on the main all the time, mostly TCS, using an NCE system. it is necessary to first select the loco as its original address, then once acquired, anything can be done easily.... with few exceptions. With NCE, it may also depend on the software revision you are using - They add more and more each time...have you installed the latest chip released this year?

Your supplier should be able to get it for you, or NCE will supply at nominal cost.

If a decoder won't respond on the programme track then its either too high in current for the PT, or a very old decoder, or faulty.... 99.9& of currrent decoders are programme track compatible.

if you have a loco that does silly things on switch on, and you are using NCE, I think you need to look at power supply stability.

the biggest headache is hornby whose decoders are really SUPPOSED to read back on the programme track (reding their core software shows this), but due to software errors, they can not/do not. This is because when interrogated by the command station, they misreport themselves so the command station won't acknowledge them.

sort of...in simple terms.
decoder - I'm xyz
command station - confirming, you are xyz
decoder - no, i'm really vwx
command station - forget it then


kind regards

Richard
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QUOTE (Diggy @ 13 Nov 2007, 02:45) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>As I know the Bachmann decoders work OK with the Bachmann trains, will it work OK with the Hornby train, I f so I will get another one of them.

***Basically any TCS, Bachmann, Digitrax, Lenz, NCE, Zimo, ESU etc etc etc will work fine - just avoid the Hornby ;-)

Richard
 
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