Relay box - ports flickering

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:44 pm
Not sure what's going on, ports 6&7 is constantly flickering on and off. Port 8 is dead completely now. Any ideas to what's going on? My setup hasn't changed or been touch in over 6 months.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 7:58 pm
Something else to add... The controller keeps having the date/time get screwed up randomly
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:43 pm
That sounds like a bus lock.
Try rearranging/reseating the USB cables of all expansion modules and check if there is not any water damage.
To find out the offending module,you have to disconnect all of them and connect one at a time until you find out which one is misbehaving.
Roberto.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:12 pm
I only have a dimming module and I recall when I first got it a year ago I had an issue with it during when my lights ramped up, but then we replaced it. Now that you mention it, it only happens when the lights are on.

The USB seems to be properly seated it's not like a secure connection like on my computer or anything, just doesn't seem like the port on the relay box was ever deep enough to be pushed in further. There is no visual signs of water damage that I can see. Could the USB port on the relay box be going bad? Or is it the dimming module?

And yes, when the dimming module is disconnected, this doesn't occur.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:39 am
Roberto- going based on others experience and your suggestion, could it be a bad cable? Is it just a regular USB to mini USB for the dimming module? If so, I can swing by and get one from the local electronics store
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:58 am
Yes, regular mini usb
Roberto.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 12:06 pm
Thanks. I'll try that and report back.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 5:04 am
ok, tried a new cable and it went haywire. the new cable had regular silver ends vs. the ones that came with the dimming module and gold ends. is there really a difference?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 2:10 pm
Roberto,

The cable from the relay box to the controller, that has a little bit of rust on it. Could this be the problem?

Also, can you tell me the specifics of this cable? It looks like the old VGA monitor cable, can I just pick one up at the local store and use that?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 11:00 am
new SVGA cable and new usb cable, still issues... any suggestions on how to test if its the relay box or the dimming module that's causing this? I know its definitely something to do with the dimming module because when I unplug the USB, no issues.
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