Recently installed MTH DCS version 4.0 equipped. Everything seems to work well except the remote frequently gets "locked " up. Meaning I cannot control any engine functions and I am forced to restart the remote by removing batteries and then restart block transformer . Any reason for this to happen?? How can I correct this happening...Thanks for any help..........
Why did you install 4.0? That had bugs in it and you will also have a problem if other items have different versions of DCS.
Go to the current version in everything. (DCS 6.1 in remote and TIU)
Have the newest DCS software version and it still occasionally does so. Maybe because the remote is waiting on the TIU which is waiting to hear back from the engine? Battery removal seems the quickest way to a re-boot.
When the engine doesn't respond, the remote sometimes "waits" for it.
If you have 2 different versions of software for example, the remote may ask the TIU to do something that it can't. 4.2 was better than 4.0 I seem to remember.
Certain versions of DCS have had bugs. I believe 4.0 was one of those. One version had trouble bringing engines out of the inactive list for example.
No matter what, upgrade your software. You should also tether your remote to see if you knocked lose the transponder boards.
Thanks Joe... I will look into up grading to 6.1 .... Is that an easy process?? I am a relatively new entrant into the DCS world... is it something i can do myself ??
Yes you can. You have to load the most current DCS loader onto your computer. You have to have the correct cables. Is your TIU an older version or does it have the USB port?
You download the software from that MTH link above. You connect the cables and the TIU to the computer and click download. It will do the rest. You have to have the correct drivers in your computer.
You then disconnect the stereo jumper cable, connect the 4 wire handset cable to the remote and the TIU's remote jack, and again load the software, this time into the remote. The biggest thing there is you have to depress the power button on the remote and hold it when instructed to do so. There have been posts about using a clamp. I just hold it myself.
Here's the DCS loader app and the instructions for all this:
You can also contact your local service station to do it for you. (or a local DCS friend?)
Wow. Trainworld just posted the links and how to videos!
Thanks to Trainworld!
Eng-Joe, thanks for the links, good find! I'll be checking them out too!
Thanks Joe .... seems like something I can handle.... always a pleasure getting help from the forum.....