My JMRI Decoder Pro journey

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  1. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Well,

    It's been a disasterous start on JMRI for me as I brought up all the bits and bobs needed to start programming my loco's and running them in on the rolling road only to discover that I had brought the wrong power pack up with me.

    So, ...... I need to wait until I get back home now but I will get it cracking. I'll try doing my first batch over Friday night possibly and if all is well then I will start a programme of cataloging my loco's.

    I don't know If I can still go into the programme and have a look around tonight without actually doing everything. Maybe I can set up the field names etc for the various information fields. I'll have a word with the Maestro ......... Wee Tany and see what he says.

    This however is where I shall keep the thread rather than my workshop thread as I shall be updating it regularly and it won't get lost in other unrelated threads.

    Cheers for now.

    Toto
     
  2. nairepooc

    nairepooc Full Member

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    This has been book marked for future reference.

    I think I might find out the pit falls "Toto" you can fall much better than me.
    The I can move forward with the JMRI, NCE PowerCab and the MegaPoints stuff.
    Cheers Toto http://www.click
     
  3. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    No problem, I'll show you how not to do it. :avatar:
     
  4. ed

    ed Full Member

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    Don't know if you've already watched these Toto, but I found this series of four videos very useful.

    They're a bit old so you can't really view them full screen.

    http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/mrht_decoderpro

    Although they just happen to use a Digitrax system in the demos, the theory should hold good for any DCC system.

    Apologies if I'm just going over old info.

    Ed
     
  5. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Hi Ed,
    thanks you kind kind Sir,
    I will have a read att these tonight in my kip. ( I like to save some bedtime reading ) :avatar:
    It wont be covering old ground as I am basically starting from fresh anyway.
    Thanks again, I will post up with how I get on with it.
    toto
     
  6. paul_l

    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    Hi Tom

    Hang fire creating the entries until you read the decoder, can give issues later on.

    Now you have the adapter connect up the PowerCab and check everything is working.

    Power off the powercab, connect the usb interface to the computer and see what com port it uses.

    Start up the PowerCab, then startup JMRI.

    Paul
     
  7. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    The adapter is too big Paul ....... Dissnae wurk :avatar:
     
  8. paul_l

    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    Thats probably saved a couple of decoders then :whatever:

    Weekend link up then ?

    Paul
     
  9. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Yeah,

    You can mentor me through a couple of uploads.

    Cheers

    Toto
     
  10. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Well,
    mentored I was. For the first couple and then ........ let loose. I ended up programming 34 loco's onto JMRI and now have a very convincing Library on the go. pictures of the loco's are still to be done but thats tomorrows task.

    Started with these, a selection of my diesels that were to hand
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    then turned on the steamies,
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    34 done with maybe half a dozen still needing chipped.
    I have 5 eight pin decoders that I will go and look out and some more diesels that need chipped. I may do that tonight and then tomorrow I need to photograph them all and get their images up onto JMRI as well.
    Only another 60 or 70 odd to go ........:hammer:

    I'll post up later with the results of my decoder chipping .....
    cheers
    toto
     
  11. gormo

    gormo Staff Member Administrator

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    Fair Dinkum Toto,

    You`ve got a lot of work to do there mate!!!!

    Just remember to hang your tongue over to the left hand side of your mouth. It helps with concentration.

    No smoking either old son......makes your hands shake......although that could be lack of alcohol too???.....Mind you too much alcohol could cause you to make mistakes.

    Crikey mate !!!!......I`ve just realised what sort of a balancing act you have to perform to get through this task.

    Maybe you could try getting a haircut......it may encourage more blood flow to the brain and help with concentration?........personally....I just decided to go bald.......it`s cheaper than haircuts and has the same result.

    So good luck with your project bestest, newest buddy old pal and if I can be of any further assistance , don`t hesitate to ask.

    Mind you, I know nothing about decoders.....but you can still ask......and I will give my version of an unenlightened, uninformed, stupid answer as usual.

    http://www.click:tophat:Gormo
     
  12. paul_l

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    Well done grasshopper....... running in next, it's a chore but somebody has to run trains some time :giggle:

    Then renumbering of some of your locos, you will need to get transfers for that, try Foxtransfers

    http://fox-transfers.co.uk/

    or HMRS

    http://www.hmrs.org.uk/transfers/index.php

    Paul
     
  13. Ron

    Ron Staff Member Moderator

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    I would have thought you had a rolling road Tom?? All those loco's going round and round will drive you stir crazy I think!!?? XX

    Cheers
    Ron
     
  14. gormo

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    Running in is a good excuse to run trains Toto.

    A rolling road is a good idea but on your layout you could have maybe 6 locos all following each other around the shed......multiple running in..:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

    http://www.click:tophat:Gormo
     
  15. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Hi Gormo,

    I was out in the shed for a short time earlier today. I started a bit of a track cleaning regime ...... It's filthy. I think our discussion topic of getting back to modelling has bitten in.

    I will try and produce a train fest at the weekend with a shory video of some loco's being run in. I am also looking at reviving the scalescene kits that I started for Paul's,s Victoria a Road.

    Back to modelling it is.

    Toto
     
  16. gormo

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    G`day Toto,
    Your track will be dirty if it`s been left for a long time and yes of course it`s a big job to clean it.....but ....once cleaned you should be right for a good while.
    I`ve said this a number of times in the past and I`m starting to sound like a broken record, but just simply running your trains on a more regular basis will help to keep the system maintained, especially if you have mostly metal wheels on your rolling stock.
    Anyway......you have a lot of running in to do so that in itself will be a track maintenance project.
    I find it quite relaxing on my half built railway just watching some trains going around whilst having a quiet ale. It tends to clear the mind and motivate you to fix up that little section of track or tidy up that bit of wiring or repair that building etc and ultimately kick starts your bigger projects.
    http://www.click:tophat: Gormo
     
  17. Sol

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    gormo wrote:
    now Gormo, that to me is an oxymoron statement :avatar:

    usually a quite ale tends to make one sleepy .......and not ideal for working out complex problems ( or any problem in fact ) :giggle:
     
  18. ed

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    How on earth are you ever going to run all those locos Toto ......................

    ................................ and does 'er indoors know how much that lot cost :eek:

    Ed
     
  19. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Hi Ed,

    That's been over the last three years or more. Don't really do the pub any more which has saved me a fortune. Don't really intend buying anyore so the costly bit is over.

    Toto
     
  20. ed

    ed Full Member

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    Toto wrote:
    Until you see that Must Have, Can't Miss, Bargain :avatar::avatar::avatar:

    Ed
     

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