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    Series 4 dip switch documentation

    On several occasions, after storms, I've had to revive a locked up series 4 processor. Each time it has involved me calling tech support, telling them what the LED status lights on the processor was doing and being asked to flip a dip switch or two and power cycling and voila, the processor is unstuck from boot mode or a link is free. It seems like magic but I'd like to be able to do that without having to call tech support (everybody's time is money after all) so is there a pdf of the LED's somewhere? I didn't see it on resi and the tech support people said no which seems kind of odd. Is it because one can do some damage with the dip switches?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SparkyCoog View Post
    On several occasions, after storms, I've had to revive a locked up series 4 processor. Each time it has involved me calling tech support, telling them what the LED status lights on the processor was doing and being asked to flip a dip switch or two and power cycling and voila, the processor is unstuck from boot mode or a link is free. It seems like magic but I'd like to be able to do that without having to call tech support (everybody's time is money after all) so is there a pdf of the LED's somewhere? I didn't see it on resi and the tech support people said no which seems kind of odd. Is it because one can do some damage with the dip switches?
    I don't believe you can do any permanent damage with the dip switches. I think you'll find documentation in the help file in illumination, but I'm not certain. If you go to the help file, you can search for boot mode, processor addressing, diagnostic led blink codes. The help file in illumination is excellent, I really wish QS had something like it.

    If I remember right, when we find an illumination processor locked up, AND we have the program file, we can usually save it by:
    flipping the top dip switch #1 to ON
    power cycle the processor
    force an OS update via 232
    flip the dip switch back OFF
    power cycle the processor
    Upload the program again (it was erased with the OS update)

    One jobsite that had a lot of problems with brownouts sending their processors into this error mode had store-bought UPSs installed on the processors. No problems since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SparkyCoog View Post
    On several occasions, after storms, I've had to revive a locked up series 4 processor. Each time it has involved me calling tech support, telling them what the LED status lights on the processor was doing and being asked to flip a dip switch or two and power cycling and voila, the processor is unstuck from boot mode or a link is free. It seems like magic but I'd like to be able to do that without having to call tech support (everybody's time is money after all) so is there a pdf of the LED's somewhere? I didn't see it on resi and the tech support people said no which seems kind of odd. Is it because one can do some damage with the dip switches?
    Dear SparkyCoog,

    The dipswitches on the Illumination processor are used for boot mode, forcing baud rate on the rs232, and addressing.

    Dipswitch 1 will force the processor into boot mode by turning to ON and power cycling the processor.
    Dipswitch 2 will force the RS232 ports to 9600 baud rate by turning to ON and power cycling the processor.
    Dipswitching 3-6 are used for addressing the processors in case of a multi-processor system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin P. View Post
    Dear SparkyCoog,

    The dipswitches on the Illumination processor are used for boot mode, forcing baud rate on the rs232, and addressing.

    Dipswitch 1 will force the processor into boot mode by turning to ON and power cycling the processor.
    Dipswitch 2 will force the RS232 ports to 9600 baud rate by turning to ON and power cycling the processor.
    Dipswitching 3-6 are used for addressing the processors in case of a multi-processor system.
    Thanks, I actually might be dealing with this tomorrow (no clue what I'm walking into other than "the keypads blink"). Do any of these things cause the deletion of the programming?

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