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MTH DCS Consumer Loader: v5.00 (Current version)

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The latest version of the DCS Consumer Loader v5.00 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: MTH DOWNLOAD

      - Rayman4449.com:  www.rayman4449.com/DCS_Tips.htm#DCS_Software

 

Instructions on how to download and install the DCS Consumer Loader program:

 

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.

 

You will also need:
 

DCS version 5.00 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 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 "DCS5_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 DCS5_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 "tiu5p0.DCSt" & "remote5p0.DCSr"  to use with DCS Loader program.  These files cannot be used on their own.

 

MTH DCS Remote & TIU firmware thread: www.gscaletrainforum.com/index.php?/topic/693-mth-dcs-remote-tiu-firmware-v500-current-version/

 

 

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Info on the DCS Loader v5.00 Release:

 

Ps3 DCS Loader Program - Version 5.00

What’s New in version 5.00?

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.

 

  • Updated to load the new DCS version 5.00 to TIU and Remotes.   You MUST use this new DCS Consumer Loader in order to load DCS version to TIU and Remote.

 

  • WARNING:
    2.20, 2.30, 2.34 and 5.00 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.

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