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  • Proto 2000 GP9 with QSI Sound

    Does anyone know where the reed switch location is? I only have the manual and can't find the specification sheet which shows where it is.

    Peter


    Peter, I have moved this to the DCC/Electronics Forum, where your question might have a better chance of being answered.

    Mikeid="size1">

  • #2
    You should be able to download all product info from QSI's web site.

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    • #3
      Jerry

      Why didn't I think of that. I quit looking on line when I went to the Like Like Proto 2000 site and found it was under construction now that it is part of Walthers.

      Thanks for pointing me in the right direction

      Peter [:-kitty]

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      • #4
        Jerry

        QSIndustries, Inc page is down. Looks like i', still in the dark

        Peter[:-kitty]

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        • #5
          Hi guys

          Thanks for the help. I finally found my manual and the location of the Reed Switch. Using the magnetic wand doesn't seem to re-set the Reed switch. I've had to use the Reed Switch on a Proto QSI 0-8-0 once before, with no problems and good results. But on the GP9, it just doesn't seem to work. I totally shut down the engine either with F6 or F9 and when going to do a re-start with F6, all I get is the verbal ID code from the engine and then nothing. I've read and re-read the manuals for the GP9, DT400 and even the 0-8-0 and NW2. All use QSI sound decoders. Nothing seems to work. On my Digitrax Chief system with DT400 controllers, I can not program even addresses on QSI decoders in the standard Digitrax programing mode. QSI/Broadway Limited and Proto 2000 recommend a power booster (being ordered) or doing it in the OPS mode. Not really sure how to program in this mode and once I figured it out, i'm really not sure which CV needs to be re-set. I guess, my best course of action at this point is to call either QSI or LifeLike on Monday or Tony's Train Exchange and stop screwing things up any worse then it is with this engine.

          Peter [:-kitty]

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          • #6
            Peter,

            Have you tried setting CV 49 to 128, CV 50 to 255 and CV 56 to 113? It's on pg 105 of manual version 3.0. Some digitrax systems seem to always have problems with QSI decoders.

            I had problems with my BLI C-16 untill I bought an MS-100 and used decoder-pro to do the programming.
            Cheers,

            Steve

            San Juan Lumber Company

            Niagara Frontier Traction Company

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            • #7
              Steve

              I plan on calling Tony at Tony Train Exchange in the morning and ordering a power booster for setting addresses and CV values. I should have ordered one a while back but I was just being lazy and since at the time only had a few sound equipped engines, left them on the default setting. Now I have 6 and need to get with the program. Any ideas why I can't set the Reed switch to click in and have the decoder go back to the default settings? I never used the shut down mode ( F6 & F9 ) before and most likely wont in the future unless I just blew it it by accident. I will try resetting the CV values:CV 49 to 128, CV 50 to 255 and CV 56 to 113? I'll let you know what happens. Thanks for the suggestions.

              Peter [:-kitty]

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              • #8
                I think the booster will be a good idea. My loco doesn't have a reed switch, but a programming jumper.

                I'd guess that the reason the reed won't work is that it might be tipped or otherwise badly installed.

                Tony's will probably even be able to walk you right trough the process of resetting the CV's right over the phone. Those guys are great over there. Lifelike will be of no help anymore since they sold their train business to Walthers.
                Cheers,

                Steve

                San Juan Lumber Company

                Niagara Frontier Traction Company

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                • #9
                  Steve

                  Did the smart thing and called Tony this morning. I ordered the booster, being shipped overnight and then Tony gave me a few tips on how to fix the GP9. Will let you know what happens.

                  Peter [:-kitty]

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                  • #10
                    Steve

                    Received the Power Booster from Tony today at work. Hooked it up right after dinner and was able to change all the addresses in the QSI sound decoder equipped engines with no trouble. The GP9 that was in the shut down mode is still locked in the shut down mode. I tried to reset the default decoder values as explained in the manual. The three CV numbers needed to be changed:

                    CV 49 TO 128, CV 50 TO 255 AN CV 56 TO 113. I can set the first two but not CV 56. I tired the alternate set up but with the same results. I even reset extended ID numbers CV 17 and CV 18 but still could not set CV 56. Now I get no response from either F6 or F9 keys. I'll have to call Tony in the morning and send him the engine. Other then that, the Power Booster did the trick for everything else.

                    Peter [:-kitty]

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                    • #11
                      Sad to say, but all attempts for get the GP9 working have failed. Only thing left to do is send off the silent GP9 to Walthers / Life Like, in mid January. That's is when they first expect to have the warranty station open. I called Walthers and that was their suggestion, other then the magic wand, which has already failed numerous times.

                      Peter [:-kitty]

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                      • #12
                        Hi Crew

                        Well, the saga has come to a happy ending. Thanks to the efforts and help of BLI ( who didn't make the engine)and Mr Zimet of QSI, my Proto 2000 GP9 is working fine and all sound functions are also working. The engine went to QSI for the decoder, which was fixed at no charge. With further suggestions from BLI, the Folks at QSI and Tony (Tony Trains Exchange who also pitched in), I send my Digitrax Chief DCS100 back to Digitrax for a software upgrade. I have one of the original Chief systems and even when I upgraded to DT400 controllers ( the sound works fine) but the packets of information being sent when using F8 and above, were not being read correctly.

                        I contacted Digitrax, filled out the service form on-line and sent the DCS100 to them. The DCS100 was returned in about three weeks, costing $50 for the software upgrade, which was the quoted price. Everything, is now working perfectly. All I can say is, the Folks at QSI, BLI and TXX are great. Support them if you can, they will be there when you need them.

                        Peter [:-kitty]

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