Can anyone identify this decoder?

Denis Feb 6, 2021

  1. Denis

    Denis New Member

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    Hi,

    I’m new here and looking to pick someone’s brain. Picked up this loco on Craigslist and can’t get it running.

    Not sure what type of decoder this is, can you help?

    Thanks,
    Denis
     

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  2. Mr. Trainiac

    Mr. Trainiac TrainBoard Member

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    Do you have access to JMRI and DecoderPro? That will be the most definitive way to tell. You can add a roster entry and hit 'read type from decoder' on the screen and it should run through the list. CV7 and 8 are manufacturer info as well. You can read those individual CVs back on your throttle.
     
  3. Denis

    Denis New Member

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    No, I don't have access to one. I was hoping someone might recognize it.

    Thanks anyways...
     
  4. Mr. Trainiac

    Mr. Trainiac TrainBoard Member

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    Does the speaker enclosure say ESU on it? Could this be a Loksound decoder? It looks like an older model, just based on the size of the components. It is difficult to identify decoders based on sight just because there are so many different sizes and configurations in one series. Are there any serial numbers or codes printed on it?
     
  5. tjdreams

    tjdreams TrainBoard Member

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    What DCC system are you using?
    As stated above read CV07 and CV08 then look them up on the NMRA Decoder ID chart.
     
  6. wvgca

    wvgca TrainBoard Member

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    if you can move the wires a little and find the number on the speaker, it would give you something to look up if it originally shipped with the decoder .... or numbers on the decoder that don't show in the photo
     
  7. woodone

    woodone TrainBoard Member

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    Looks a lot like an ESU LokSound Select. BUT that capacitor sure looks to be a Digatrax one.
     
  8. Denis

    Denis New Member

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    Thanks everyone for your help. Right now I'm running with a NCE Starter system and need to upgrade soon...

    Cant see any numbers on the board, I'll look a little closer...
     
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2021
  9. Denis

    Denis New Member

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    Yes, it is an ESU speaker. So must be an ESU I guess.

    Now... anyone know how to reset it off the top of their heads?

    Thanks Again,
    Den
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  10. Mr. Trainiac

    Mr. Trainiac TrainBoard Member

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    Set CV 8 to zero will restore factory settings
     
  11. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky N scale Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    CV8=8, not 0.

    But, be careful. What you have proved is that the speakers/enclosures are ESU, but I cannot find any photo of prior ESU LokSounds decoders that look exactly like this. Closest is the V3.5 (very old), but the layout is different (this board looks longer).
     
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  12. woodone

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    Well if your DCC system is a NCE Power Cab do this. Hit the prog/escape button 4 times (it’s the button on the lower left of your throttle) the display should read program track, hit enter- display should now read PROG TRK- 1=STD 2=CV. 3=REG— HIT NUMBER 1 -STD IF you are able to read, a number should come up. If it’s 151 is is an ESU decoder.
    If an another number comes up, let me know and I can tell you who made the decoder.
     
  13. Denis

    Denis New Member

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    All right, we have some action!

    Manufacturer = 129 and the headlight blinked.

    Anyone have an idea what it is and how to reset it?

    Thanks,
    Den
     
  14. wvgca

    wvgca TrainBoard Member

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    129 should be a digitrax ..
     
  15. Denis

    Denis New Member

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    Got er going! Its a Digitrax, Reset CV = 8 and all better. Back to 3 and re-addressed.

    Thanks all for your help!

    Den
     

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