KB595: Command Station Option Switches-Clear Slots and Factory Reset

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Digitrax command stations have Option Switches that care used to customize their operation.  Command Station option switches should not be changed unless you fully understand what you are trying to accomplish.  Information on these Option Switches is included in each command station's manual.

Be sure that you are changing the correct Command Station Option Switches as the unit can be crippled by closing the wrong switches. 

Clearing your Command Station's Mobile Decoder Slots

Most command station problems are caused by filling up the command station's available slots by the following:
1.  Operators failing to zero the speed of unused addresses
2.  Operators failing to release unused locos from their throttles

Once the slots available are full, additional loco addresses can't be selected.  Opeartors will get the "FF" or "Slot Max" message on their throttles. Phantom addresses can be removed by closing the appropriate option switch in the booster.

Closing OpSw#36 will clear all the loco addresses from the slots available in your command station.

Use OpSw 39 for the DCS51 as OpSw36 is NOT available with the DCS51 Zephyr Xtra.

For the DCS240 and DCS210 follow the instructions in the manual that came with your system.  OpSw36 is available for these two command stations.  To do a full factory reset, use OpSw40.

Many layout owners set OpSw#36 to closed after each operating session to make sure the slots available in their command station are free for the next session to prevent having to do this during the next session.

General Instructions for Closing Command Station Option Switches (for specific instructions for your command station and throttle, see the instruction manual for your equipment:

1.  On the command station, set the MODE toggle switch to the OP (center) position.
2.  Using your throttle go into Switch Mode
3.  Enter the Option Switch number you wish to change
4.  Press the "c" key on the throttle.
5.  You will hear a beep.
6.  On the command station move the MODE toggle down to SLEEP then back up to RUN. 
7.  Using your throttle, turn Track Status back on.

Resetting your Command Station to Factory Default Settings 

If you have changed other Command Station Option Switches and find you are having unacceptable operation, you can reset the unit to factory default settings to return to the way the unit worked when you got it from your dealer.

To reset any Legacy Digitrax Command Station to Factory Default Settings, close Option Switch 39 (OpSw #39).  For the DCS240 and DCS210 use OpSw40 instead. 

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