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Downloading/Starting Decoder Pro in New Computer Failure

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Downloading/Starting Decoder Pro in New Computer Failure
Posted by Tophias on Monday, April 17, 2017 5:05 PM

I have run decoder pro on my present layout computer for 3-4 years now with no problems.  I have a new replacement computer for it.  I downloaded JMRI sucessfully on the replacement.  I opened DecoderPro from the desktop icon and it went into Decoder Pro Wizard (as I expected).  I entered my systerm (digitrax). system connection (pr3), command station (dcs100).  Under serial port I had nothing to choose from nor could I enter anything, so it defaulted to "no ports found".  From there it went to "finish" and said "an error occured while trying to connect to the loconet".  Was the download bad, am i missing something?  Any help would be much appreciated

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Posted by jrbernier on Monday, April 17, 2017 5:10 PM

  Have you updated Java?  JMRI is a Java app, and it appears. That it is not finding the port.

  The other possibility is that the PR3 was not detected.  I just used the generic Windows driver and it it worked...

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Posted by Tophias on Monday, April 17, 2017 5:28 PM

Jim, I first updated Java before downloading jmri (It actually was already up to date). As to the driver, I wasn't promoted to select any driver.  Something I missed?

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Posted by Tophias on Monday, April 17, 2017 6:01 PM

Jim, I'm getting older quicker than most of us reading this!  Another "Dah!" Moment for me!  I forgot I had to install the pr3 and its driver (using the Digitrax disk that came with it) onto the new computer.  After dinner I'll try that, if I remember

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Posted by Tophias on Monday, April 17, 2017 7:06 PM

So I loaded the diver via the disc and followed to the letter the instructions on the Digitrax web site.  Got to the wizard, made my selections including port (3) and all seemed fine until the last "finish " click and I get the "java platform SE binary has stopped working" message.  Any thoughts on where to go from here?

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Posted by santafe5000 on Monday, April 17, 2017 7:43 PM

http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/744/t/261228.aspx

 

Check out this thread. 

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Posted by Tophias on Monday, April 17, 2017 8:39 PM

So I tried again several times.  Rebooted computer, tried different sequences with USB insertion. Cut to the chase, in the first page of The wizard where you enter devise, system, port there is a user name that defaulted to my name.  I changed that and then it open! Closed it and tried again and again it opened.  Even entered a new engine (I will of course import my whole roster later). So only thing I can think of is my name defaulted from old computer and that in some way prevented the Wizard from finishing?  Or maybe just coincidence.  But it opened twice.  So let's see what happens tomorrow.  thnx for the inputs.

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Posted by Tophias on Thursday, April 20, 2017 2:35 PM

Been a few days since my last post and original problem solved but now a new has arisen.  About 6 out of every 7 attempts I try to open DecoderPro (on the new comuter) I get the blasted "Java Platform SE Binary has stopped working" error message.  Any suggessions on how to resolved this?  And to be clear, DecoderPro does open, so the Com Port setting is correct, but on average it takes very many tries.  Very frustrating, and time consuming.  Thnx all.

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Posted by Robert Frey on Thursday, April 20, 2017 4:40 PM

 

Tophias

Been a few days since my last post and original problem solved but now a new has arisen.  About 6 out of every 7 attempts I try to open DecoderPro (on the new comuter) I get the blasted "Java Platform SE Binary has stopped working" error message.  Any suggessions on how to resolved this?  And to be clear, DecoderPro does open, so the Com Port setting is correct, but on average it takes very many tries.  Very frustrating, and time consuming.  Thnx all.

 

 "I entered my systerm (digitrax). system connection (pr3), command station (dcs100).  Under serial port I had nothing to choose from nor could I enter anything, so it defaulted to "no ports found".

 

Digitrax now has PR3 Installation Instructions for:   XP, 7, 8, 8.1, and now windows 10.

http://www.digitrax.com/downloads/pr3-installation-instructions/

 

See PR3 for:

Windows 10 Instructions of Sept. 16, 2015 Version: 1.0 (1.8 MB), pdf File of 13 pages.

 

 

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Posted by Tophias on Friday, April 21, 2017 9:57 AM

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Tophias

Been a few days since my last post and original problem solved but now a new has arisen.  About 6 out of every 7 attempts I try to open DecoderPro (on the new comuter) I get the blasted "Java Platform SE Binary has stopped working" error message.  Any suggessions on how to resolved this?  And to be clear, DecoderPro does open, so the Com Port setting is correct, but on average it takes very many tries.  Very frustrating, and time consuming.  Thnx all.

 

 "I entered my systerm (digitrax). system connection (pr3), command station (dcs100).  Under serial port I had nothing to choose from nor could I enter anything, so it defaulted to "no ports found".

 

 

Digitrax now has PR3 Installation Instructions for:   XP, 7, 8, 8.1, and now windows 10.

http://www.digitrax.com/downloads/pr3-installation-instructions/

 

See PR3 for:

Windows 10 Instructions of Sept. 16, 2015 Version: 1.0 (1.8 MB), pdf File of 13 pages.

 

 

Bob Frey

 

Bob, I have been sucessf loading the PR3, java and jmri.  My problem now is being to get jmri to open on a consistent basis.  It takes several attempts, with different sequences of pulling the USB cable, inserting it, etc.  it all just seems so random as to whether it will open or not. Very frustrating.

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Posted by rettop on Friday, April 21, 2017 11:22 AM

You might try this: http://www.dccguy.com/?p=4519 or contact Larry directly.

Hope this helps.

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Posted by wjstix on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 4:00 PM

I bought a new computer running Winders 10 about two years ago. I never have been able to get Decoder Pro (or the Digitrax program for changing their sound decoders) to work. They download fine from the web or the Digitrax disk, but then it won't work, similar to what the OP discribes.

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Posted by graymatter on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 4:51 PM
Just curious, if you reconnect the old computer does it work? If it does what is the differencebwtween the two computers? Same operating system? Same version of the operating system? Same version of Java? I am reaching on this one but' are you using USB computer connections? Are USB2 and USB3 compatible with the software or hardware? Are you running the same antivirus and other such programs on both computers? Something new that I found is Google Chrome and Java don't work with some Java applications. Maybe consider deleting the software and reinstalling it after verifing all the software is up to date......java, windows etc. Hope it helps....Thomas

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