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    • November 29, 2016 6:10 PM EST
    • Well that is probably the best consideration of all is the support I would have here. I am actually hoping to talk him out of it. This guy changes his mind and layout like the weather changes and I am afraid I will have to be the one to try and keep up. This is highly exploratory at this point. He wants a report in a month. I will review the threads.

    • November 29, 2016 5:25 PM EST
    • RailOps is the only other one that I know of, but I heard that it's not being supported anymore. 

      Any operations program you use is going to need a considerable time to set up, but like Bob mentioned once it's set up they way you want it, it does all the leg work. We use it at Bob's during his Ops weekend, Bruce uses it when we operate at his place, I use it here and if I can set it up then anyone can. 

      Between me, Bob, Bruce and Jon, who also uses it, one of us will have an answer to any questions that may arise.

    • November 29, 2016 4:42 PM EST
    • Thanks Bob,


      I figured as much. I know I will have to invest the initial set up time into it, but once that is accomplished is there one that is easier for operators to use and understand. I know nothing about any of the systems. So really don't even know what to ask.



      thanks for the links to JMRI. I have looked into them before but lost interest for my own private use. But now I have been put in charge of at least exploring this for this make shift club. I will look again but JMRI looked to me at first glance to be complicated. Maybe no more than any others. I will give it another look.



    • November 29, 2016 3:11 PM EST
    • >I don't want to spend a lot of my time learning how to use the system.


      You are going to have to spend a reasonable amount of time getting to know how any system works.  You'll have to understand how the program bits work together, and how to tweak various settings to get the traffic flow you want.   You will spend a considerable amount of time putting in all your cars, measuring all your sidings, putting in industry names and setting up what kind of traffic they generate.  Then you'll have to decide which industries are served by which trains.  


      Ops is a very complex problem, and computer programs do most of the legwork for you, but youll still have to devote a bunch of time to it.

    • November 29, 2016 2:52 PM EST

    • November 29, 2016 12:02 PM EST
    • I know there are several choices for ops software. I am asking for advice on a system that has lots of function but is user friendly for a neophyte. This isn't for me solely. A friend of mine is putting together an ops "club" on his private layout which is huge. He will be the owner of the layout but I have a feeling I will be in charge of ops sessions. We want a fully functional package that puts together waybills and keeps track of car locations. It needs to be very user friendly. At the very least, once I create a session each operator needs to have simple to understand waybill or set of directions.


      I don't want something that I have to have a programing degree to understand. I don't want to spend a lot of my time learning how to use the system. Also it needs to usable at least in part by others.



    • July 15, 2016 9:56 PM EDT
    • I think you need to remove the GWire receiver when on programming track.

      So, can you read and write any CV's?

      So first, did you update the firmware in the programmer? You want to check this and make sure you have the latest version.

      This will also prove the communication from the computer to the programmer.

      Next, I would make sure the wheels are clean, and all lights and smoke are off.




    • July 14, 2016 1:37 AM EDT
    • Greg,

      Now I'm getting the "Unable to read Mfg. ID" on retrieve Loco information on Q2 and CV Manager.

      I don't understand the replace chip from earlier version (1-6)... this a new Titan should it not be updated

      Where and how to get the new chips? Is the installation tricky?

       I bought multiple 4 Titan units, so I'm assuming I'll need more.

      Luckily I have only installed one Gwire so far. I wonder if they'll all need the 7 version?

      If there's a way to test and install before they go into the locos, that that would be easier.




    • July 13, 2016 9:58 PM EDT
    • good deal, been there and done that on the download ha ha!

      I thought the GWire receivers were back in stock? Hmm, guess not yet... The QSI forum should have specifics.





    • July 12, 2016 1:03 AM EDT
    • I found the problem (me)... WinZip was defaulting to file in a different location. I was able to install drivers and updates!

      Tomorrow first attempt at programming. :)

    • July 10, 2016 11:58 PM EDT
    • Windows 10 still no go with Driver Signature and Norton Disabled.

      Suspect downloaded files might be in incomplete? But how would I know?


      I went back to the Windows 7 and ran into the same message,

      "WinZip was able to extract only part of the file because it contains invalid or missing data"

      Does that mean anything?

      Its bad enough not to be able to get GWire receivers...


    • July 10, 2016 3:40 PM EDT
    • Greg,

      Thanks for the help...

      I tried it once that way but will start over with clean slate this p.m.



    • July 10, 2016 12:59 PM EDT
    • They have instructions on how to do it on the site.

      You have to put windows 10 (and 8 for that matter) in a mode to accept an "unsigned driver"... (The SiLabs people are too cheap to pay to make a "signed driver").


      Anyway, follow the instructions on the QSI solutions site, they are there.


      If you get stuck, come back here, I have it running on everything from XP to Windows 10.



    • July 9, 2016 1:19 PM EDT
    • Trying to install QSI programmer on Windows 10.

      Getting through everything in QSI manual, but cannot get drivers to locate the new device.

      Drivers are in SiLabs folder

      Anyone have any thoughts?


      Thank you



    • December 16, 2015 6:30 PM EST
    • Well Jon, I'm still way down here , where all the Whale crap is..........;)

    • December 16, 2015 6:03 PM EST
    • Oh my, netwerking for model trains.  That would make my head hoit.

    • December 16, 2015 5:38 PM EST
    • I just took this to the next level.  JMRI is installed on my desktop computer in the living room, but I would like to be able to access it from the computer in the train room as well. I could do this with remote control software, but I'd rather just run the program on the second PC and share the data. I now have this working with the caveat that only one copy of JMRI can access the database at a time.


      Step 1 - Share the folder where JMRI user data is kept (see Edit/Preferences/File Locations for folder location)


      Step 2 - On the second PC Map a network drive to the share created in step 1 - I used the letter J: so it was easy to remember.


      Step 3 - Install identical version of JMRI on the second PC.


      Step 4 - On the second PC. Run JMRI and go to Edit/Preferences/File Locations and change the location of User Files to the drive you mapped in step 2. NOTE if the JMRI data is in the root of the mapped drive be sure to correct the path to have a single backslash, JMRI wants to list J:\ as J:\\ which will fail.


      Step 5 - Run JMRI on the second PC and see that all of your Location, Car, Route etc. data is there.


      Note that on the second PC, JMRI will still use the PanelProConfig2.xml file it created in the user folder of the second PC. There is no need to modify it.


      WARNING: DO NOT attempt to run JMRI on both computers at the same time. This software was not designed to use a shared database file so if you run it on both computers at the same time you will very likely corrupt the data leaving both copies unusable.


      PS: All of this assumes that you have your PCs connected to a home network




    • November 25, 2015 10:25 PM EST
    • I'm sorry to say that I understood John completely, and the only glazing here was on a jelly donut.



    • November 23, 2015 6:36 PM EST
    • Daktah John said:

        Are you thinking about a new computer?  You can upgrade most Win 7 computers to 10 for free and no programs or data are lost.  I've upgraded 3 at home and 5 or so at work. So far mostly good.

      Not really, but s**t happens. I'd still be on XP if I had anything to do with it, The computer had other ideas...........

      I got the car roster backed-up, that was the biggest PITA to do over, trains and routes I ain't worried about. Locations I still need to work on, and change some stuff around. But thanks for your patience and explaining it. Big help!

    • November 23, 2015 4:48 PM EST
    • Doesn't hurt to back it up.  Win 7 and Win 10 should have the same directory structure unless you decide to change the log-in name.  Are you thinking about a new computer?  You can upgrade most Win 7 computers to 10 for free and no programs or data are lost.  I've upgraded 3 at home and 5 or so at work. So far mostly good.