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  1. Demux 48

    I can confirm - not "serviced" (whatever they would mean by that) and no neg output kits! I'm sure the warranty would have been a bit pointless. They looked like a cash converter outfit and more likely to put it in the bin than have the skills to fix it I would suspect...
  2. Demux 48

    Hi Ian, When I found the problem I thought straight away - I bet Ian would have told me to check that track! This was a unit from a well known auction site. It looks like a previous user had replaced the battery (it was an Ni-MH) but looks like they hadn't realised the old one had damaged the traces under it. This had me fooled for a while as the battery looked new (no fur jacket!) and the battery voltage was within range (3.7V) for a powered on and powered off unit. Keith got me to check the SRAM supply at its pins which was way out at a scary 10V - which would relate to the charging supply from the +15V rail via the 2k2/1N4148 - but without the battery acting as the voltage clamp. I eventually removed the battery as I wanted to check all continuities with it out of circuit and voila instantly saw the track. Buzzed it all out and realised this was the problem. I cleaned it all up thoroughly then used some mod wire to reinstate the connection. The other traces looked ok. After that we were up and running. The only annoyance is I should have got the thing cheaper as it was sold as working - well it did power up - but with the 012 error code on the display! Still all's well that ends well! Thanks, Kevin
  3. Demux 48

    Recording for future reference... When replacing the battery, make sure the PCB trace under the battery is intact and not corroded. Worth checking the continuity to the SRAM pin 28 from the battery positive terminal. The supply across the SRAM (pin 14 VSS, pin 28 VCC) should measure the same as VBAT. With the unit powered, if the voltage is above VBAT then suspect a break in the VBAT track. I measured nearly 10V with a good battery but this track broken. Fortunately the SRAM (and a 74HC00 NAND gate also on VBAT) survived the experience somehow. Thanks to Keith for assistance fixing one - that's another DEMUX48 rescued from the scrap heap.
  4. Demux 48

    As I'm here again, here are some sources for the battery: http://cpc.farnell.com/varta/3-v150h/battery-ni-mh-mempac-pcb-3-6v/dp/BT00152 http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/coin-button-rechargeable-batteries/0422393 http://uk.farnell.com/varta/55615603940/battery-nimh-tht-3-6v-150mah/dp/279353 I'm not convinced by some of the dimensions reported on the CPC site. As I'm ordering one, I'll check it and correct this entry if it turns out wrong. In the mean time, I'll press the "order" button then IanK can come along and let me know I've ordered the wrong one... ETA The CPC part above is the correct one.
  5. PC cannot write to floppydisk

    Hi Arjen, I haven't swapped my floppy drive as it works fine - and to be honest I've now upgraded to an FLX so the FF doesn't really get an outing any more... :-( That BR link should suggest suitable offerings. Regards, Kevin
  6. PC cannot write to floppydisk

    Hi Arjen, I'm not sure what you mean - the files themselves are some Zero88 internal binary format, with extension ".ift". The disk format should probably be "FAT16" or just "FAT". There's a bit of chatter on this link regards disk formats and SS/DD/HD sizes etc, so maybe worth a quick read and maybe trying format from the command line as with some of the examples? https://www.cnet.com/forums/discussions/formatting-a-1-44-mb-diskette-143429/ Probably telling you what you already know, sorry. Regards, Kevin
  7. PC cannot write to floppydisk

    Hi Arjen, I can't help you really on this one, other to confirm that I used exactly the same approach with an external USB floppy drive (on XP) for my Fat Frog and had no issues. I'd have to say it was rare for me to re-format a floppy - I have a load of disks I use that probably came pre-formatted for PCs, although I know some I have wiped by reformatting using both the desk and the USB-floppy drive and I don't recall any issues. Maybe I'm one of the lucky ones since I've never had any issues with the floppy drive in my FF, while others report they do. Since you have a Mambo Frog, which was one of the last in the series to be released, I'd expect your drive to be one of the later ones - early Frog users seemed to report more issues. Regards the Fixture Files - it goes without saying that this database is now much bigger than can be fitted on a floppy, so I make the assumption you have a customised cut-down version of the database! If you get nowhere with the floppy, then you might want to look at swapping out for a paged USB solution. This was discussed recently here: http://zero88.com/forum/topic/7952-changing-floppy-drive-to-usb/#entry30835 Regards, Kevin
  8. FROG2 & ZerOS

    Shame you weren't able to drop a partial 7.9.x update as a parting shot as you did with Frog(Mk1) 10.12, but understandable after 13 years... I think we got 10 years (2000-2009) of software for the Mk1 Frogs which was nice - especially as I joined the party a bit late in 2006 - as you were thinking of ramping down the range as I now realise! Do I get to at least 2028 with my FLX then? Kevin
  9. Touch screen not working

    Yea sorry, I read the OP post several times today and he does clearly say for the "first time". Stupid question from me in #4! It really was a "daft question"!
  10. Touch screen not working

    (Crikey Ed, if mine ever goes wrong, I hope it goes a bit better than that... Cwmbran is much closer to me than Brum...)
  11. Touch screen not working

    Hi Mike, So to ask a daft question, was the screen working when you first had the desk and now it's not working? Has the desk been dropped, bumped sharply etc in the meantime? Any event that you thing might have caused an internal cable to come loose etc? If you're not on the latest software can you install that - or even any other version to see if it comes to life? Have you got an external monitor and is that working? Where are you located? If needed are you close enough to make a trip to Cwmbran (near Newport in South Wales, not that far from Bristol). Ed and Jon seem to be on an extended lunch break today, as I would have expected Ed to jump on this thread pretty quickly. Might be worth a call to Zero88 offices as they will probably be able to diagnose this quickly one way or the other: Technical Support Telephone: +44 (0)1633 833101 Email: support@zero88.com
  12. Touch screen not working

    If it's new I'd get back in touch with the company who sold it to you as the first step. When you say "not working" do you mean the screen is blank or the screen displays but the touch-ness does not work? Do you know what version of software it's running? Also you could PM(*) the serial number to Jon/Keith/Ed so they can follow up with any query. Kevin (*) Actually until you've had 10 posts I don't think PM is enabled. But I'm sure Ed or Jon will be along here in a very short time...
  13. Creating Pallettes - with colour/gobo indicators/logos

    Sounds like he's made a number of different fixture definitions for the different modes of the device. Within the fixture assignment do you not see one called "M1"?
  14. Creating Pallettes - with colour/gobo indicators/logos

    Oh Ed, have you done half a job?! Hi Uriah, Yes unfortunately this has to be done in the PC Fixture Editor. I'm not sure if there is a better way, but it can be a bit of a drag. I usually find a PDF of the manual that contains pictures of the gobos, make a tight screen grab of each gobo image and then use these. In the Fixture Editor, you need to upload each image against the DMX range for the gobo within the "Details" tab of the Beamshape parameter that is handling the gobo channel. I hope that is enough detail for you - sorry about my terse earlier post - I was using my phone! Regards, Kevin
  15. Creating Pallettes - with colour/gobo indicators/logos

    There is information missing from the fixture profile. In the PC fixture profile editor: Under colour, the 'special' setting needs to be set eg 'red - positive'. The gobo images have to be uploaded to the 'detail' tab in Beamshape.
  16. Changing Floppy Drive to USB

    If you've got a Blue Room login, then swapping the floppy for a paged USB floppy emulator has been covered a number of times. Here is one such link: http://www.blue-room.org.uk/index.php?showtopic=50532&st=60 Look for the postings by user "vinntec" or "PaulDF" who has done this change successfully. With this particular topic you will need to skip a lot of posts talking about the fixture library, so you might have to dig through it a bit. There might be other postings that don't go off topic so much. You can find others with this Google search term: "site:www.blue-room.org.uk frog floppy" https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=site%3Awww.blue-room.org.uk+frog+floppy&oq=site%3Awww.blue-room.org.uk+frog+floppy&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i58.12382j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 Kevin
  17. Having had to dig around a bit to find the fuse types for the three Alphapack versions, I'm documenting here for other users: All fuses are 6.3A, ceramic HRC fast acting, 5x20mm. Alphapack1: 5x20mm (Note: NOT 32mm as quoted in this datasheet: http://zero88.com/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/GetAttachment/266/264) Alphapack2: 5x20mm (http://zero88.com/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/GetAttachment/84/616) Alphapack3: 5x20mm (http://zero88.com/datasheets/Alphapack_3_Datasheet_UK_Rev2_0516.pdf) 5x20mm: RS 563-330 http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/cartridge-fuses/0563330/ CPC FF02830 (SIBA 70-007-33/6.3A) http://cpc.farnell.com/siba/70-007-33-6-3a/fuse-20x5-ceramic-quick-blow-6/dp/FF02830
  18. Alphapack1/2/3 channel fuse

    Thanks Ian. I've edited my original post above to try to avoid any future confusion!
  19. Betapack3. 3phase 1phase safety

    Hi Andy, One last thing before I back out on the MCB idea, because I think you need to read the specs on the MCBs before you convince yourself the swap-out it going to achieve what you want. BS7671:2008 Fig 3.5 Type C circuit breaker to BS EN 60898 A 6A breaker will carry 8.5A indefinitely and 10A for at least 600 seconds (10 minutes). A 32A breaker will carry 45A indefinitely and 60A for 200 seconds (say 3.5 minutes). If you downgrade the channel breakers to 6A, and your unsupervised users overload each channel to 10A, then your whole-pack 32A breaker will likely fire long before any channel breaker does. Fig 3.4 Type B breakers have the same response times for these examples. I just don't want you to think that 6x6A breakers are going to keep you within the 32A pack breaker limit. 6x6A breakers are going to tolerate at least 6x8.5A forever. That combined 51A will be tolerated by a 32A breaker for 900 seconds (15minutes). ...but I am just a bloke on the web. Regards, Kevin
  20. Betapack3. 3phase 1phase safety

    I'm not sure I'd do that. What if you need a 2kW channel for a sun keylight for example? You've got 32A per Betapack, which is a very common configuration in amateur venues, can you not allow the user to handle the diversity? 6A is a little bit close for pairing two 650W lanterns on one channel which I would expect to be a common requirement. You say "for safety" but I'm not sure how safety is helped much. A human can be killed by 30mA - the difference between 6A or 10A is a bit irrelevant in this respect. The only reason to derate to 6A would be if you've got say 0.75mm2 cabling rather than 1.25mm2/1.5mm2. 6A versus 10A is an overcurrent/overload limit which relates more to fire risk than human death risk.
  21. Betapack3. 3phase 1phase safety

    Well that's easy enough, you fit the phase combiner bar internally and wire the Betapack with a 32A CEEFORM and some 6mm TRS. Then get yourself a number of 32A CEEFORM outlets fitted to a dedicated final circuit with 32A MCB and 30mA RCD. You then have to keep your total dimmed power consumption below 8kW! ...assuming that was the essence of your next question!
  22. Betapack3. 3phase 1phase safety

    Hi Andy, I agree we're off topic - but hopefully your original question has been addressed - unless someone else wants to join in with new information of course! Regarding the frequency of inspection of test I was more thinking your circumstances might warrant a 3 monthly or 6 monthly regime if your equipment gets heavy use or is moved frequently. However I think I'm preaching to the converted as it's clear from your previous post that you're well aware of these things and on top of managing your equipment maintenance regime. I'm glad you have found a competent inspection/tester - I'd agree the second pair of knowledgeable eyes is worthwhile! Kevin
  23. Betapack3. 3phase 1phase safety

    Oh I'd argue the contrary! I'd much rather do inspection and test on the equipment I'm using, then I really do know it's safe to my (high) standards and I can fault find and repair it when it's not. Have you got a PAT tech you really trust to do the job properly for the equipment you have? i.e. not one of the green-sticker brigade who will be confused if it doesn't look like a kettle with a moulded 13A plug on it? Who is assessing the inspection and test regime and frequency? You're not necessarily in the one-year-fits-all camp (not that there is such a thing in the IET Inspection and Test CoP (*1) ) despite what your "PAT guy" might tell you. You should be doing ongoing user-inspection-on-use anyway... this is going to detect most issues. Fixed install inspection and test is another matter when you do need a sparks with the correct kit and knowledge. (*1) http://electrical.theiet.org/books/inspection-test/in-service-inspection-4th-ed.cfm ...to be used with appropriate training, knowledge and experience of course...
  24. Betapack3. 3phase 1phase safety

    Ditch or repair the dodgy ones, but there will often be a need for some extensions unless you really do have socket outlets everywhere. If nothing else, it can be worth making up some 1m or 2m 15A extensions from good sections of your old cables, so lanterns can be rigged in exactly the right place, the cable looped nicely to the bar and secured, then using a short extension if needed to get to the socket outlet. Kevin
  25. Betapack3. 3phase 1phase safety

    The 2m separation rule disappeared from the IEE Wiring Regulations many years ago... because as you've found, it's wholly impractical. To get a cross-phase shock, you need to have two fixtures with phase-to-earth faults where the protective device hasn't cleared either fault. That said, if you can partition fixtures to keep some separation, then why not. However, in practice you might find that tricky with anything but the smallest and simplest of rigs... Disappointingly the HSE have this "rule" in one of their guidance notes (*1) about not mixing phases on a given lighting bar. What is advisable though, is yellow 400V warning labels in proximity to socket outlets that can be on different phases. BS7671:2008 514.10.1, along the lines of these: http://www.labelsonline.co.uk/danger-400-volts-labels-50x25mm-el1068?gclid=CjwKEAjwsLTJBRCvibaW9bGLtUESJAC4wKw18TxVeYcyu5_hyOFPdPbeHzCD2b8Zn0M5TsjBDrDKdRoCw4Tw_wcB Blue Room have covered this topic many times. If you have a login, you should be able to see the "Safety" forum and this discussion: http://www.blue-room.org.uk/index.php?showtopic=15328 However, I'm just "a bloke on the net" so make your own enquiries... (*2) (*1) GS50 says: "22 Great care is needed if the equipment is to be supplied from a three-phase supply or if adjacent items are fed from different phases. Many local authorities have their own rules on this topic. They should be consulted.". However disappointingly, the section on "Lighting Systems" still says "Only a single phase should be supplied to any one boom and the connections from the individual light fitting to the boom should be by plug and socket." (*2) You could Google HSE, IET, Blue Room for example.