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Decoder prob.

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Decoder prob.
Posted by reklein on Saturday, February 9, 2008 7:12 PM
I got a soundtrax decoder in a p1k deisel loco. The sound works but the loco doesn't run. I haven't run it in months and it was working when I put it up. Any suggestions?
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Posted by simon1966 on Saturday, February 9, 2008 7:16 PM
I would reset the decoder back to factory defaults.  This fixes a multitude of issues.

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Saturday, February 9, 2008 10:36 PM
It sounds like a loose wire to me.  Take off the shell and re-check your connections.  Beware in particular of "cold solder joints."  Those are soldered connections where the solder didn't really melt all the way when you did it originally.  Sometimes you can tell these from the dull color.

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Posted by reklein on Sunday, February 10, 2008 1:05 PM
Thanks guys, I reset the decoder as that seemed the lesser of two evils and it cured the problem.
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Posted by MisterBeasley on Monday, February 11, 2008 6:47 AM
Oh, that's good.  I'm glad I was wrong on that one.  I'm also glad you tried the easy fix first!

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