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  1. Updated: 4/17/17 Wanted to share that the latest version of the DCS remote and TIU firmware is now available. (Updates as always are free of charge.) This version is important as it is required in order to operate the new WiFi module (WIU) that is about to be released that allows you to control your trains with the Android/iOS app. Download: (DCS v6.00 for TIU & Remote) - From MTH: DCS v6.00 (See instructions below on steps to download and install from MTH) - Or direct .Zip file here: DCS-v6.00.zip (**Note: You do not need to change or upload anything to your engines. This is software only for the Remote and TIU.**)) ********************************** Version 6.00 New Features Added Legacy and TMCC Features Including Lash Ups Required For Wi-Fi DCS Premium App . Version 6.00 Resolved Issues Improved "Quiet Packet" Performance To Help Ensure Locomotives Are In DCS Mode When Track Power Is Applied Improved Record/Playback Performance When Switches and Accessories Are Included General Performance and Stability Enhancements Also please Note: To load this latest version of DCS you MUST use the new DCS Loader Program version 5.00: Download: (DCS Consumer Loader Program v5.00 for the PC/Computer) - From MTH here: DCS Consumer Loader Program - ver 5.0 (See instructions below on steps to download from MTH) - Or direct .Zip file from here: MTH DCS Consumer Loader v5.00.zip *You will need to update the DCS Consumer Loader program to use the Remote & TIU files.* Instructions on how to download and install the DCS Consumer Loader program direct from MTH: DCS Consumer Loader Program version 5.00 for Windows PC: (This is the software you install and run on your Windows PC to perform the TIU and Remote firmware/software updates) - Visit www.protosound2.com - Download the DCS Consumer Loader Program Version 5.00 by clicking the 'Download Now!' link. (*Click for example photo*) - Fill out the required info then select 'Go to Download Software Page'. (*Click for example photo*) - On the DCS Software Version 5.00 link either left click to download and note where the files are saved OR right-click and select 'Saved linked content as' and save to where you want. (*Click for example photo*) (Right click menus will vary based on Internet browser used) - You then have file "V5.0.0.exe". (This is a file that can self-extract, you do not need winzip or any other program to extract the files) - Use 'My Computer' or 'This PC' on your desktop or use Windows file explorer to go to where the file was saved. - Left-click the "V5.0.0.exe" file (which starts the self-extractor) - Then select the 'Browse' button and save to 'Desktop' so it's easy to find, then click 'Ok' then 'Unzip' (*Click for example photo*) - You now have two files "Setup.exe" and "MTH DCS Consumer Loader V5.0.0.msi". - Go to where they are saved and Left click the "Setup.exe" file to start the install process and complete. (MTH recommends un-installing older versions of the loader first) - Left click the "DCS Consumer Loader" shortcut on your Desktop - You will then see this screen where you can select icons to either load to TIU or load to remote. Click the appropriate icon and follow the instructions. (*Click for example photo*) - Note where you saved your DCS TIU and Remote files from the steps below. - *For Reference* DCS Consumer Loader thread: www.gscaletrainforum.com/index.php?/topic/694-mth-dcs-consumer-loader-v500-current-version/ You will also need: DCS version 6.00 for the TIU and Remote: (These are the DCS data files that the Consumer Loader Program uses to update your TIU and Remote) - Visit www.protosound2.com - Download the DCS Version 6.00 by clicking the 'Download Now!' link. (*Click for example photo*) - Fill out the required info then select 'Go to Download Software Page'. (*Click for example photo*) - On the DCS Software Version 6.00 link either left click to download and note where the files are saved OR right-click and select 'Saved linked content as' and save to where you want. (*Click for example photo*) (Right click menus will vary based on Internet browser used) - You then have file "DCS6_00.exe". (This is a file that can self-extract, you do not need winzip or any other program to extract the files) - Use 'My Computer' or 'This PC' on your desktop or use Windows file explorer to go to where the file was saved. - Left-click the DCS6_00.exe file (which starts the self-extractor) - Then select the 'Browse' button and save to 'Desktop' so it's easy to find, then click 'Ok' then 'Unzip' (*Click for example photo*) - You now have three files. Two are the key ones you need "tiu6p00.Dcst" & "remote6p00.Dcsr" to use with DCS Loader program. These files cannot be used on their own. For instructions on how to upgrade the TIU and Remote software see below or my website: www.rayman4449.com/DCS_Tips.htm#DCS_Software_and_Upgrade_TIU_Remote (also see my website for info and photos for needed cables, additional information and troubleshooting.) Step 1: Updating the TIU **When updating to a different version of DCS software in your TIU and remote, you should always start by updating the TIU first.** Connect your TIU to the computer using either the 9 pin serial or USB cable (Your computer can already be booted up) Plug the 3.5mm stereo audio cable ends into the TIU's "Proto-Dispatch" & "Proto-cast" ports Connect the power supply to the Fixed 1 input port OR connect the Aux power supply to the Aux power port on the TIU Start the DCS Loader program Close out of any unnecessary programs or applications and do not use the computer while the update is in progress Click the load software to TIU Icon Carefully follow the instructions on the screen. (it will instruct you to connect the serial cable and 3.5mm audio cables) Then select the "*.DCSt" file (example: "tiu5p0.DCSt") The update process should start and will tell you when you are finished Step 2: Updating the Remote Once you have updated the TIU software to the version you are wanting to use, then update the remote. Connect your TIU to the computer using either the 9 pin serial or USB cable (Your computer can already be booted up) BE SURE TO REMOVE the 3.5mm stereo audio cable ends from the TIU's "Proto-Dispatch" & "Proto-cast" ports Connect the power supply to the Fixed 1 input port OR connect the Aux power supply to the Aux power port on the TIU Start the DCS Loader 2.xx program Close out of any unnecessary programs or applications and do not use the computer while the update is in progress Ensure your remote has good batteries and test it by turning it on. Ensure the remote is off before you get started Connect the remote to the TIU with the 4-pin narrow phone cable. (Be sure to plug the remote into the Remote input port NOT the AIU port!!!) Click the load software to Remote Icon Carefully follow the instructions on the screen. (it will instruct you to connect the serial cable and remote cord) NOTE: When instructed to press the power button on the remote, the remote should remain off. If the remote powers up, it's not detecting it's plugged into the TIU. See below steps for troubleshooting. Then select the "*.DCSr" file (example: "remote5p0.DCSr") Follow the instructions on the screen The update process should start and will tell you when you are finished.
  2. Just wanted to share that an updated version of the DCS Consumer Loader v2.34 has just been released. This is the PC software (free) for your computer to upload firmware to your TIU/Remote or upload/download sound files to MTH Protosound 2/3 engines. You can download the current version from: - MTH: http://www.mthtrains.com/dcs/downloads/dcsconsumerloader_v234/input - Rayman4449.com: http://www.rayman4449.com/DCS_Tips.htm#DCS_Software List of enhancements for this version: http://www.protosound2.com/service/loader234.htm Ps3 DCS Loader Program - Version 2.34 What’s New in version 2.34? This latest version of the DCS Consumer Loader software is used to program the DCS system components (Remote, TIU), Load sound files (in Proto-Sound 2.0 and 3.0 locomotives) and backup and restore the DCS Remote handheld. Among the many changes to the loader, the list below represents the most significant from previous 2.X DCS Consumer Loader software versions. Increased wait time on power cycle after loading Consume Package File. This accommodates the changed method of relaying information back to the user from the engine. The engines now use a Morse code audio response to indicate lading of software rather than lights. This is due to the software that supports Proto 3/2 engines Re-enabled Get Sound File From Engine. This can take in excess of an hour for the large PS3 sound files Added compatibility check for PS2 5V files attempting to be loaded into PS3 engines. The Loader no longer allows this due to major differences in the 5V sound files compared to the PS3 memory structure Increased reliability on Original HO PS3 Steam sound file loading Loads Code Chain Files (DSP Firmware, FPGA, CV Data). This is the zip file that allows any Proto-Sound 3.0 locomotive (except existing HO steam engines) to be updated to run expanded DCC features. Removed the Get Sound File From Engine icon. Previously this function of the Loader allowed users to retrieve a copy of the sound file from their engines. This proved to be very time consuming for customers. All of the latest sound files can be obtained from our website at www.mthtrains.com The Loader now remembers the last folder you explored to. This is especially handy if you keep all your MTH files in the same folder (for example, the MY MTH Files folder that gets created when you install the Loader program. Improves the sound file and code chain file loading by automatically adjusting the data rate for files that contain more than 50% zeros. The progress sub-bar will turn yellow to indicate a temporary data rate adjustment. Previously the Loader would try at the highest data rate, determine that an error occurred in the data transfer, then try the whole sector over again. In essence, the Loader is now much, much faster. Improved communication to support USB-to-Serial adapters. Improved speed. Improved error recovery (that means you can retry mid-stream on a sound file load without having to restart everything from the beginning). Runs on Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7 Enhanced display features show DSP Code version (Service Center/Dealer Loader only), Sound file size (1MB/2MB), Engine Type (5V/3V/HO), Engine Board Memory Size (1MB/2MB), and Engine AddressYou'll find complete instructions for installing and using the DCS Consumer Loader by clicking Here. NOTE: Please uninstall any previous versions of the Consumer Loader prior to installing Version 2.3. WARNING: 2.20, 2.30 & 2.34 are the ONLY DCS Consumer Loader software versions you can use to program Proto-Sound 3.0 Locomotives. Using any previous version of the DCS Consumer Loader to program a Proto-Sound 3.0 equipped locomotive will disable the Proto-Sound 3.0 electronics and require the locomotive be returned to M.T.H. for repair. You can learn more about the issues with this warning by clicking HERE. To Use This Loader You Will Need: A standard RS 232 cable, USB-Serial adapter, or a type A-B USB (for Rev L TIU only) cable. (These are available here *Click to buy*) A STEREO mini-to-mini 1/8†audio cable available from MTH or here *Click to buy* An AC or DC Transformer. A PC running at least Windows XP. Mac users may find that running a Windows emulator might work.The below information details how the cables are to be used. Cable Types Reprogramming The Remote In order to reprogram the remote, a tether cable that connects the remote to the TIU is required. The tether cable MUST be a 4-conductor handset cord from any standard telephone. This is the cable that connects the handset to the base of the phone. (These are available here *Click to buy*)Reprogramming The TIU In order to reprogram the TIU, a standard RS 232 cable is required. This cable is to be connected between the TIU's PC Connection Port and a COM port on a PC. If your computer does not have a 9 pin RS232 Com port, but only USB ports adapter cables are available here *Click to buy* The updated Loader program also will support USB-Serial adapters from most manufacturers. For those users that own the Rev L TIU’s (released in December 2010) you can use a type A-B USB cable. This cable will also supply power to the TIU’s processor so that you don’t heave to bring along a transformer to power the TIU when you load TIU or Remote code. NOTE – The USB cable does NOT supply power to ANY of the TIU’s outputs. The mini-to-mini cable MUST BE A STEREO model. You MUST NOT use any cables that have adapters. M.T.H. p/n 50-1009 or *Click to buy*. Making Cable Connections Follow the instructions below for hooking up the cables. The DCS Loader Program will prompt you step-by-step for each of the loading options as you select them. TIU (Remote Input) Ensure the 4 conductors in the bottom of the Remote are all parallel and NOT touching one another. IF they do when you go to load the remote code your remote will power on. TIU (Proto-Cast and Proto-Dispatch Audio Jacks) The Stereo mini-to-mini cable should be fully plugged into the Proto-Dispatch and Proto-Cast audio jacks on the TIU. When power is applied to the TIU, look at the red LED. It should NOT blink or flicker at all. It MUST remain on constant. This indicates that the TIU is in Program Mode. If the LED blinks then it means your mini-to-mini cable is not stereo, you have some other adapters on the cable, or you do not have the cable plugged in fully at one or both of the jacks. NOTE: When loading the remote code and prompted by the Loader program to hold down the power button on the remote, you should notice that your remote LCD remains blank. Your remote should not power up. If it does check the handset cord cable to ensure it has 4 conductors or inspect the jacks on the TIU and the remote to ensure no pins are touching or bent over. Also, you must remove the mini-to-mini audio cable PRIOR TO loading the remote code. You must also be sure to remove power from the TIU AFTER you have loaded TIU code. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  3. See this thread for most current DCS Remote and TIU firmware versions: www.gscaletrainforum.com/index.php?/topic/693-mth-dcs-remote-tiu-firmware-v500-current-version/ ***************************************************************** **OUTDATED as of 1/1/2016 Wanted to share that the latest version of the DCS remote and TIU firmware is now available. (Updates as always are free of charge.) (As Joe noted below if you have Lash-ups you may want to recreate them after upgrading if you want to gain access to the new Softkeys created) You can download direct from MTH here: www.protosound2.com OR You can download the .Zip file here: DCS v4.30.zip (**Note: You do not need to change or upload anything to your engines. This is software only for the Remote and TIU.**)) For instructions on how to upgrade the TIU and Remote software see below or my website: http://www.rayman4449.com/DCS_Tips.htm#DCS_Software_and_Upgrade_TIU_Remote (also see my website for info and photos for needed cables, additional information and troubleshooting.) Step 1: Updating the TIU **When updating to a different version of DCS software in your TIU and remote, you should always start by updating the TIU first.** Connect your TIU to the computer using either the 9 pin serial or USB cable (Your computer can already be booted up) Plug the 3.5mm stereo audio cable ends into the TIU's "Proto-Dispatch" & "Proto-cast" ports Connect the power supply to the Fixed 1 input port OR connect the Aux power supply to the Aux power port on the TIU Start the DCS Loader program Close out of any unnecessary programs or applications and do not use the computer while the update is in progress Click the load software to TIU Icon Carefully follow the instructions on the screen. (it will instruct you to connect the serial cable and 3.5mm audio cables) Then select the "*.tiu" (example: "Tiu4p30.tiu") file The update process should start and will tell you when you are finished Step 2: Updating the Remote Once you have updated the TIU software to the version you are wanting to use, then update the remote. Connect your TIU to the computer using either the 9 pin serial or USB cable (Your computer can already be booted up) BE SURE TO REMOVE the 3.5mm stereo audio cable ends from the TIU's "Proto-Dispatch" & "Proto-cast" ports Connect the power supply to the Fixed 1 input port OR connect the Aux power supply to the Aux power port on the TIU Start the DCS Loader 2.xx program Close out of any unnecessary programs or applications and do not use the computer while the update is in progress Ensure your remote has good batteries and test it by turning it on. Ensure the remote is off before you get started Connect the remote to the TIU with the 4-pin narrow phone cable. (Be sure to plug the remote into the Remote input port NOT the AIU port!!!) Click the load software to Remote Icon Carefully follow the instructions on the screen. (it will instruct you to connect the serial cable and remote cord)NOTE: When instructed to press the power button on the remote, the remote should remain off. If the remote powers up, it's not detecting it's plugged into the TIU. See below steps for troubleshooting. Then select the "*.rem" (example: "remote4p30.rem") file Follow the instructions on the screen The update process should start and will tell you when you are finished. *********************************************************************************************************************************** Version 4.30 New Features The following new features have been added into DCS 4.30: · The management of lashup settings has been completely rewritten to allow accurate and repeatable retention of settings. A new soft key, “FSVâ€, has been added as the first lashup soft key. This allows lashup settings to be changed and then retained from the time a lashup is created, through its operation, shutdown, and subsequent startups. · When adding an engine that's already in the remote, the message "Engine in Remote" appears, the remote returns to the engine screen and displays the engine with which a conflict was found. A new TR screen soft key, “MSVâ€, allows setting a starting and ending voltage for "ALL TIU Tracks" just like individual TIU tracks. By default, "ALL TIU Tracks" start at 1 volt. Additionally, individual TIU tracks also start at 1. volt instead of the 5 volts as previously. This allows for more effective conventional engine control layout-wide. A new TR screen soft key, “MSVâ€, allows setting a starting and ending voltage for "ALL Z4K Tracks" just like individual Z4K tracks. By default, "ALL Z4K Tracks" start at 5 volts, witch is the lowest voltage available from a Z4000 transformer. This allows for more effective conventional engine control layout-wide. The following lists now also support direct access to entries by keying the item’s 1, 2 or 3-digit DCS ID#: TR List, Track Setup Edit/Delete, Accessory Setup Edit/Delete and Switch Setup Edit/Delete Version 4.30 Resolved Issues The following issues have been resolved in DCS 4.30: Previously, if a PS2 or PS3 engine, when operating in a Super TIU environment, is made Inactive and is then attempted to be made Active, it would not come out of the Inactive Engine list unless it was on a track connected to the TIU with which it was last associated. The workarounds were either to perform a READ; delete and re-add the engine; or physically move the engine to a track connected to its associated TIU.This issue has been corrected. The engine now is able to be moved out of the Inactive Engine List and also to be made active. Previously, â€ENGINE ERROR" would result when attempting to add an engine that had the same DCS ID# as a lashup that was already in the remote.This issue has been corrected. The engine now is able to be successfully added with the DCS Remote. Previously, when operating in a Super TIU environment, increasing or decreasing speed by turning the thumbwheel faster than very slowly could cause speed to go change in the wrong direction or not at all.This issue has been very much improved. Previously, the time that “Out of Range†and “Engine Not On Track†messages were displayed was long, as was the time that the remote locked-up while displaying these messages.The time that these messages are displayed have been considerably shortened. Previously, when editing a scene’s accessories or changing a Scene’s name, one could not scroll to the second Scene to select it if there was more than 1 Scene in the remote. It was necessary to select the Scene by keying its DCS number in the Scene list.This issue has been corrected. One may now successfully scroll to any item in the list of Scenes or, alternatively, still access an entry by keying its number in the list. Previously, if TIU #1 was in Super Mode, all TIUs were in Super Mode and if TIU #1 was in Normal Mode, all TIUs were in Normal Mode.This issue has been corrected. Any engine that was added to a TIU that is placed into Super TIU mode will operate on all of the TIUs that are in the DCS Remote, regardless of whether a TIU is in Super TIU mode or Normal TIU mode. However, any engine that was added to a TIU that is not in Super TIU mode, will only operate on tracks connected to the TIU to which it was added. Previously, sometimes, when attempting to select the System menu, a different menu was selected instead.This issue has been corrected.