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  1. any help welcomed

    Andy - you also need to bear in mind that if the desk is a "Frog" (and there are still lots about) then it won't do any fixture control at all no matter the software - it needs to be a "Fat Frog" - the easy way to tell the model is whether there are fixture select buttons on the right hand end of the front panel. You'll also find that if the LED's you're trying to use don't have a discrete dimmer channel - the Fat Frog, Bullfrog series don't "understand" the virtual dimmer channel that can be defined in fixture tools so fades might well become a rainbow of colours going to black rather than a simple fade.
  2. replacement buttons for fat frog

    The switch mechanism is still available as a spare from Zero88, so you should be able to order from your local Zero88 Dealer or from a Zero88 parts supplier *coughs*. Each mechanism comes complete with the cap so you don't need to faff swapping that but the LED's aren't interchangeable as they're embedded in the mechanism case. From experience - it takes about 20 minutes to desolder/solder the button mechanism in place once you've opened the case - if you've not changed the battery in the desk for a while, do that whilst it's open.
  3. Phantom Zero 7.9.3 has a bug

    This might also be to do with not enough copies of Phantom being installed yet - Microsoft use a 'reputation' mechanism as part of their malware protection which relies on an (unspecified) number of copies being installed across the world. For new versions of software it can mean a false positive being given (which is what this may be) - I've come across it in a couple of online communities I belong to that have had a similar issue with the software they use for access. Try downloading another copy from the Zero88 website and install again - it might be feasible that your original download has corrupted - it would be useful to check with a fresh copy.
  4. Ziglight - I don't think you should feel so bad about having chosen the Solution and then finding it didn't in fact improve in your situation with software updates. If anything, your experience has contributed to efforts to make the software sleeker and more efficient - wanting a lighting desk that unleashes your creativity on a budget is not a bad thing - not everyone can afford GrandMA et al. You're correct - it is still a lot of money and the slow down issue has been flagged up by users and the software team for many years - I remember many discussions when I worked for a dealer with my Zero88 Rep, Peter Kirkup, Ken and indeed Jon about the issue and how they were trying to resolve it. It certainly concerned me enough personally that when talking to potential buyers, I always tried to steer customers who wanted a live desk with lots of FX toward the larger consoles like Frog 2 - and then Orb and latterly FLX and thankfully my advice was always taken. For it's overall age - the Solution/Leapfrog series of desks slots in nicely where folks want a modern version of Sirius and hopefully it will be that for a while yet (there are still customers out there with Solution that don't even use half of it's software features and look at Orb because it has the ability to use two screens!) as a lot of people still want a "fader per light" desk. It would be nice to dream of the Solution chassis with the FLX processor board inside - who knows what is sitting in Jon's product development folder and certainly don't stop feeding back about the software - FLX & Orb wouldn't be what they are without it
  5. Betapack 3 and LED Lamps

    You're going to need to use their dimmer then - it sounds like they may be doing fancy stuff with dimmer curves and trigger points to make the LED's dim smoothly. Yes - their dimmer probably uses triacs which is why they advertise it but it might well mean that you can't use any triac dimmer
  6. Solution failed

    It could be either a flat battery or the flashdrive needs reseating - Solutions tend to be rock solid normally, the only problems I've ever come up against are failed faders. If you don't feel confident poking around inside the desk - find a dealer close to you that has a Zero service technician available, it probably won't be an expensive fix.
  7. Betapack 3 - two chanels fault

    It's very likely to be the transformer driving those two channels - some early Beta 3's had issues with the transformers failing prematurely and the spec for the transformer was eventually changed. There's no rhyme nor reason to why the transformer fails or when - they just do, which caused lots of hassle with early Beta 3's. It happened so randomly, it was never clear whether it was a batch issue or not - I've seen a couple where the magic smoke has been released but more where the transformer has simply failed. It is possible to swap the transformer but the powerboard will need to come out of the unit to do this - there's also some sense to swapping the whole power board so that all the channel transformers are the same age. Your rack will now be out of warranty, so you'll need to compare costs of sorting the repair e.g. swap the whole board or an individual transformer - my advice would be to swap the whole board as Murphy's Law says you'll need to replace another transformer within about 3 weeks of doing the first
  8. RigSync

    You would think so... but it would seem not
  9. LF96 wheel damaged

    Sean - if you decide to open the case yourself - be aware of the earth/shield wire between the bottom tray and the front panel boards, it can be a pain maneouvering stuff if you don't release it (it's on cross head screws) - that screw you find when you put the case back together? It's the screw from the shield wire... (Yes - did it at least once... )
  10. RigSync

    Not really - a lot of their kit, whilst designed in the USA is still farmed out to China for engineering design and manufacture so it's still a bit random about which DMX transceiver they use and whether or not that transceiver understands/ignores RDM. The price "premium" happens because the hardware is imported in to the UK, unpacked & checked, then run for 24 hours (certainly the Pro kit used to be) before being repacked ready for distribution. Many of the other companies importing rely on this testing to be done in China and so literally ship from container to final distirbutor/end user.
  11. Jester 24/48

    If you have a couple of hours to spend - try Phantom ZerOS... It gives a decent emulation on your PC Screen of what the software looks like for the FLX so you could play with it and get a feel for it.. https://eatonfilesharing.app.box.com/v/ZerOS/folder/42009315015 That might help you with your decision
  12. Jester 24/48

    Eric, As far as I can remember from having seen the Jester as it was originally released (and demo'd to me by a very new to Zero88 Peter Kirkup!) - the Jester has always had 999 memories but inserts and chases are added from the top end of the internal memory so in effect insert memory 0.1 uses the space for memory number 999 and chase 1 step 1 would then occupy the space for memory 998 and so on. There's been no major hardware upgrade for the Jester since launch either so it would be perfectly possible to update an older model with the new software - the changes in the software have been mostly to clean up the way submaster memory handling and channel faders in wide mode happened. It's possible that the desk you originally saw had lots of long chases programmed and this would drag down the available scene memories. The manual has always been a difficult thing to read (which was the bane of my life as I handed over installs with Jesters) and has "suffered" from being further down the "To do" list than the exciting software and console developments. I've also found that once users understand the difference between Record & playback modes and use the desk for a few shows - they don't need the manual, the updates made by Jon & co have made it a more intuitive desk to use. If you do need a show with lots of cues & chases (and I've only met one user who did) then it is possible to save first half of a show to a USB stick then reload the second half from a second stick (two sticks labelled saves a lot of confusion compared to saving both parts on the same stick!). If you really do need lots of memory then you should be looking to use a ZerOS desk - either Solution or FLX which will allow far more complex programming than you'll achieve with a Jester.
  13. Forum (2017) - link to www.zero88.com

    No it didn't - I bet he keeps a few on his hard drive for such occasions
  14. FAT32 or NTFS for USB stick to record and transfer shows

    Windows 7 will want to be copying the files from its NTFS system with the attendant security information and flags and so will be issuing the warning because FAT filesystems doesn't carry that data (from memory they use an 8 bit field to set read/write permissions) whereas NTFS uses a a larger file header). It's a warning issued so that in a corporate environment - file security and ownership is maintained across several users - for you and your FLX, it's not an issue and you can ignore the prompt.
  15. Frog not booting at all

    Of course - ultimately it might be the simplest reason - the mainboard has failed and is un-repairable, this is one of the reasons that the Solution range & ZerOS was designed... It may have been listed on eBay by a user who obtained it via a car boot sale or it was being scrapped and it looked too good to throw away but it was in fact already dead. To be honest - this is one of the reasons I recommend folks stay away from Fat Frogs on eBay unless the seller can show they're working and will boot in to the software. That the desk isn't entering FP test (there isn't any POST available apart from this) would suggest a fundamental problem - it might be worth trying to swap our the memory SIMM but don't use a larger module - it simply won't be recognised - but the issue is going to be finding a suitable SIMM. I've just had a look in the service info for the desk and can't see a spec for the SIMM's but from my memory something like 4MB rings a bell but I can't remember a speed - Keith might have some notes about this. You might be lucky if you have an old computer about the place or you could take your chance with eBay to source one but I have a feeling that this might not end well
  16. Knowledge Base for Legacy Products

    It is looking good but my vote would be firmly against any service data being available even for older legacy products. From my experience (and not just my vested interest) it can do more damage than help when folks talk to a friend who says "Owh it will be the resistors...It always is.." or something similar and Fred Muggins sets to with a soldering iron (that he last used to burn his name on his wood tool handles) and causes yet more damage because he lifts tracks, bridges tracks and so on. Yes - there are folks who are sufficiently technically adept that I would trust to let loose with circuit diagrams & a soldering iron and I have no issues with letting them have service information if they can't get hold of the guys at Zero but they shouldn't be available to everyone who Googles.
  17. Here you go - see if this helps... If the front panel is responding e.g. the cursor keys and mode select buttons - then try getting in to Super User and resetting the desk - this will hopefully get it back and working for you. If the front panel isn't responding then there is likely to be a more fundamental problem with the processor board or the front board and you'll need to get a Zero88 Approved Technician to look at it for you.
  18. Introducing FLX S

    It looks very nice Jon - I'm only sad to say that I'm not likely to sell any for you but I shall definitely add it to my list of things to recommend
  19. Demux 48

    You discovered my USP... I rescued an Alcora off eBay the other week - it arrived in a poor state as someone had tried to fix it but all the bits were there - only two faders failed. I now have a nice 12/24 channel Go button slave desk to loan for repairs - just one button slightly melted due to carelessness with my soldering iron There seems to be lots of Alcora/Elara on eBay just now - silly money being asked for some too
  20. Demux 48

    That'll be £99 one then - I asked if they knew whether it had been serviced & had the neg output cards fitted and they didn't know but offered me a 14day money back warranty. It would have been handy as slave stock but limited without the neg kit - the one card I did have, I ended up fitting to CTS's demux before I left
  21. Demux 48

    I've never had to scrap one! It's one of the sturdiest bits of kit after the BetaPack 1. If the battery has put on it's winter jacket and it's spread to the PCB - ensure you clean as much of the corrosion as you can, I repaired one unit and then 18 months later got it back because corrosion had spread under the solder resists. If the track looks really bad - it might be worth severing it and linking with some hookup wire.
  22. Go in to Super User and reset the desk - the product code is "hard coded" in the flash memory and usually a reset forces it to be re-read and defaults set that should get rid of the message. The product code tells the mainboard which Jester variant chassis it's sat in... The product code isn't read at each power up to save time and save all the internal data for the desk being rewritten.
  23. PC cannot write to floppydisk

    I agree with Kevin - I would check the initial format of the floppy disc itself. The make of the USB floppy won't generally have an impact as they tend to be a generic slimline drive with a USB/IDE adaptor - so if that's working i.e. you can read & write files from your PC then it's going to be the floppy itself. The diskettes need to be MSDOS formatted - so FAT and nothing more or the Mambo won't recognise the disk. The other thing to try - just in case - is format the disc on the Mambo (there's an option in Super User) and then swap it to your USB Drive - it might be that your Mambo's drive is slightiy out of alignment.
  24. Alphapack1/2/3 channel fuse

    Keith will be along in a minute I'm sure but as posted elsewhere - the fuse size is 20mm for all models. The Alphpack Mark 1 didn't have 32mm fuses as the holders wouldn't physically fit the PCB layout. The discrepancy has crept in on the datasheet from when they were re-done when Cooper Industries bought Zero88 and unified/branded all the product spec sheets.
  25. Betapack3. 3phase 1phase safety

    The main concern over the last few years seems to have been that labelling is profuse, simple and meaningful so that folks using the rig are aware it's 3 phase and probably of mixed code with conductor colours (of course - try explaining 3 phase to an english teacher in a 6th form college). At that point (the reasoning seems to be) your obligation as a "venue" is discharged along with the fact that only "suitably skilled" people are permitted to do complicated stuff like plugging in extension cables and that the installation is essentially safe to use. The old wiring regs which placed the emphasis on separation appear to come from a time when it acknowledged that some numpty would come along one day and try to kill himself by electricity whereas nowadays they might read your labelling and decide not to bother. Personally, it's still at the back of my mind to design separation in to rigs - stuff does happen to the best of us and the second corollary to Murhpy's Law says that it will be that me it happens to most likely. You can design a lot of "stupid" out of your installation that labelling won't correct - just have in the back of your mind that it might not be you or one of the 'experienced' folk trying to use the kit.
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