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Ok, the title of this post might be confusing, but hopefully the title will come in handy down the road as I plan to try and keep anything related to successfully running current RailPro software on non Windows (and life expired Windows) OS'es in one place. It might be an candidate for a board of it's own one day but probably not at this time.

So now for the good news that Al has been waiting for, I got my CI-1 today, did some testing and can confirm that I have the HC Simulator running successfully on WinXP (life expired so it's alternate).

I've uploaded the WinXP patched version of HC Simulator to the RailPro Software Archive in the files section. You still need to install first by installing from Ring Engineering's website as usual. Basic instructions are provided with the patched file. No changes other than allowing the file to run on WinXP have been made to the patched software.

- Tim

RailPro Software Updates / RailPro Assistant Software v2.02
« on: August 23, 2016, 06:38:45 AM »
Released: Sometime on or around 2016/8/22

Requirements: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista.

Changes from previous version (v2.00):

- No longer needs Administrator rights to save program settings and files to the storage file.
- Location of storage file on disk changed.

- Tim

RailPro Software Updates / HC Software Revision 1.30
« on: August 11, 2016, 07:57:06 AM »
First one on the new board  :D

Software revision 1.30 for HC-1 and HC-2 (July 2016)

- Adds capability to program new LM-3 and LM-3S modules

- For HC-2 only, increases the total number of trains that can be in motion at one time from 12 to 24.

- Tim

RailPro Discussion & Help / Revisiting our sound handling wish list
« on: May 04, 2016, 10:25:58 AM »
While poking around the net looking for more things to study, I came across this. ESU is implementing what we were after in sound handling in their decoders but in a way we never dreamed of, and it's impressive.

You only have to watch the first half or so of the video but the rest of the video is still good to watch (that roots blown sound; magic).

I really like what they have done and it should be very easy to implement in software for RailPro.

I can't wait to get one of their new Full Throttle files to study it.

- Tim

RailPro Discussion & Help / More on reference guides, First one posted
« on: April 16, 2016, 10:59:53 AM »
I have just posted the first reference guide to the members file section.

Please don't post replies to the reference guide thread in the files section, this will help keep the posts contiguous.

The first one is all about flashing ditch lights and setting it all up. I do apologise for the quality of the pictures in it.

Let me know what you think. I hope others find it useful and worthwhile.

Cheer's to you all,

- Tim

RailPro User Guides / Flashing Ditch Light guide
« on: April 16, 2016, 10:55:36 AM »
Flashing Ditch lights guide.

Note: For LM software versions less than 2.02

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- Tim

RailPro Discussion & Help / A buttons guide?
« on: April 13, 2016, 10:08:32 AM »
I've been thinking about this one for a while now.  Most of the button images are pretty self explanatory but some are not and I've no real idea what they are supposed to represent. I'm sure I'm not the only one in this boat. There is also the issue that some buttons must be used for certain effects and have rules attached to them.

My idea is a buttons reference guide. A very quick mock up is below.

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I've no idea what format it would take; html, pdf or something else and it would certainly need to be prettier.

So what do others think? I think it would be good, not only for us experienced users but especially for new users.

Certainly it would be something that help would be need for if I was to go ahead with it (I do have a half baked plan for Ring Engineering
to help but I've no idea if I could pull it off).

- Tim

RailPro Discussion & Help / Lost function
« on: February 12, 2016, 07:50:21 AM »
Here's a new one, today I lost a function from the LM2-S. I believe I know what caused it (below), I haven't been able to find a solution.

I lost the auto flash ditch lights on horn function. It no longer works. I can turn them on individually and use the ditch button to flash them, which all works correctly, but when the horn is used, nothing, they stay on a full brightness (or if the ditch lights were off, pressing the horn turns just one ditch light on).

So this is what I did. I was reorganising buttons on the screen, moving various function between pages one and two. Because we don't have bells over here (well, they are a rarity, a few loco's now have them) many of our loco's with 5 chime horns have a feature called "low note" which is just a few of the trumpets so one doesn't get blasted by the full horn when moving about yards, depots etc.

With this in mind, I created another horn button and set it to the main horn as I don't have a low note recording yet.  After saving the setup I tested the buttons and noticed that the auto flash ditch lights was not working.

So, I am lost for ideas. I tried making the second horn button "not used", no luck. Tried making it a light, no luck. Tried making it another sound, still no luck.

I think an email to Ring might be in order.

- Tim

RailPro Discussion & Help / New products coming from Ring Engineering
« on: January 20, 2016, 07:35:03 PM »
For those that have not seen this, Ring has updated the "What's new" page. Completed and awaiting production is a computer interface and another project not named.

The interface could be very interesting.

- Tim

RailPro Discussion & Help / Soldering techniques for hardwiring installs
« on: December 17, 2015, 07:10:13 AM »
Just wondering what techniques / ideas others have for soldering wires to each other when hardwiring an install. Specifically, I really hate trying to join two wires end-on (eg, pick up wires); and then adding the harness wire as well. Please note miniature connectors aren't really an option.

Previously (back when I installed some DCC decoders) I tried having a small piece of vero board and soldering to the traces on that which worked ok but even that is no good anymore expect for a few certain wide body loco's now that I'm using sound.

Any good techniques / ideas / tips anyone?

- Tim

RailPro Discussion & Help / First install and impressions
« on: November 22, 2015, 04:52:58 AM »
Well, the procrastination came to an end last Friday, I've owned RailPro since January but I finally got the first 2 modules installed into something useful (but not what I had actually wanted to get them installed in all this time). Nothing like the potential opportunity to try it on a layout, which I did (but only as a 5 minute test unfortunately), to light a fire under one's self.

So from that test and the install I've learned a few things:

RailPro is everything it's cracked up to be, and other than the hardwire install setting everything up was a piece of cake.

Hardwiring today's models can be a real pita, and I really hate joining decoder wire end on end.

The next version of the handheld controller needs to be powered from the USB when it's plugged into the computer. Most, if not all computers and hubs have at least one high power USB port. The battery life just isn't good enough for the speed of Ring's "downloads".

The next version of the hand held controller certainly needs to be able to be used while it's charging; any current day personal electronic devices of the complexity of the HC-2 can already do so.

The software needs a complete rewrite and update to the latest FTDI drivers (seriously who is still using Windows 2000?).

All in all though I'm happy and impressed as much as I thought I'd be back when I purchased it. Now I have to get more 9 pin to bare end harnesses, more modules ...and a layout to run on.

- Tim

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