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SARC Pro and Analogue Cars

Haybaler

3 posts

I've got a similar issue.  I have a mixture of analogue and digtial cars and everyting works fine with Arc Pro in digital mode but I can only get the outside (red controller) lane, nearest the power base, to work to in analogue mode. I've tried all the instructions here, everything in the user guide, power transformer via either input socket, unpairing and pairing controllers etc but nothing works. All cars 'jolt' a bit when I pair the (blue) controller with the inside lane which suggests there is power intially but nothing works. Switch back to didigtal and everything is fine for digital cars.

Seems to me that I might have a dead lane in analaogue? I had a lane switching section which I've swapped out for straight track so there can be no issues with known digitial lane change problems but it makes no difference.

Any ideas?

woodcote

1133 posts

Hi Haybaler - welcome to the forum.

 

For analogue, you need one controller paired with red and another paired with green. Those are the only two pairings that will work with analogue mode - green with the inside lane and red with the outside. Sounds like you did that, but it’s worth checking again.

Andy Player

Haybaler

3 posts

@woodcote

Hi Haybaler - welcome to the forum.

 

For analogue, you need one controller paired with red and another paired with green. Those are the only two pairings that will work with analogue mode - green with the inside lane and red with the outside. Sounds like you did that, but it’s worth checking again.

 

Haybaler

3 posts

Thanks for the advice Woodcote. That's actually sorted it so I'm very happy!

Nowhere was I able to find any notification that you need to have red and green lanes paired for analogue to work (it doesn't say that in the instruction book!) but as the led's are adjacent to each other on the ARC Pro base I guess that makes sense if you imagine the other led's don't exist for analogue mode.

I think it was having a 'blue' controller that threw me and I just hadn't thought about pairing it to a differnt colour.

Thanks again!

Andy P.

2059 posts


Community Moderator

Thanks for the info!

I have seen some users making a compendium for all things ARC PRO at the slotracer forum. This should be added methinks.

woodcote

1133 posts

At some point, I will add a few details about the ARC Pro analogue mode here: https://slotracer.online/community/showthread.php?tid=181

 

In the meantime, the important thing to remember is that when you flick the switch to change mode, the app changes from the ARC Pro version to the ARC Air one. I have found that if you switch while the app is open, it can cause all sorts of confusion (for the app and for the user). Before switching I recommend closing the app, then dismissing / hard-stopping the app and then launching the app afresh.

 

You could go even further and - if you have a spare device - use one device for ARC Pro digital running and the other for analogue mode (ARC Air) running. That way, you have everything set up as you need it as soon as the app is open. I use ARC Air for public events - it's quicker for complete newbies to get the hang of - and I use my Fire 7 tablet exclusively for analogue running. At home, I really only use the app for digital racing with the app on my iPhone or iPad.

Andy Player

Brian Z.

7 posts

@woodcote

You could go even further and - if you have a spare device - use one device for ARC Pro digital running and the other for analogue mode (ARC Air) running. That way, you have everything set up as you need it as soon as the app is open. I use ARC Air for public events - it's quicker for complete newbies to get the hang of - and I use my Fire 7 tablet exclusively for analogue running. At home, I really only use the app for digital racing with the app on my iPhone or iPad.

 

So I could add an Arc Air power pack that could be right next to the Arc Pro power pack and when I want to switch between digital and analogue just power one or the other and switch apps?  I think that would be ideal because I am running into issues like the pit lane switching in analogue on it's own with the Arc Pro, and since the pit lane is in the middle of a long straight it causes horrible crashes (cars going into the pits at full speed).

 

woodcote

1133 posts

Hi Brian - I would strongly recommend that you don't do that as it risks damaging both powerbases.

 

What you can do is to swap out the ARC Air for the ARC Pro - only have one powerbase track section in the layout at the time. Your lane changers will still be an issue with ARC Air. You can tape the flipper open (remembering to remove the tape when you go back to digital) or replace the digital pieces with standard track sections. That's the same however you use analogue with Scalextric digital lane changers in the layout.

 

Since I wrote that comment, I do run more with the ARC Pro analogue mode at home and I'm getting used to it. It is ideal for a permanent layout, running mostly digital and with regular testing of analogue cars and occasional analogue racing sessions. I do tape up lane changers and pit entry with just a small amount of Scotch Magic.

Andy Player

Brian Z.

7 posts

Okay thanks for clarifying.  I thought about taping them in place for analogue but was worried it might damage the mechanism that causes them to switch back and forth.  If you've done it without incident then it's probably okay.

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