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Open Panzer Help / Re: Motors swapped and ligths don't work
« on: December 15, 2018, 11:00:19 PM »
Hi FP, please read this recent thread where a user reported a similar issue, the cause turned out to be reversed motor wires.

Your description is not entirely clear but my best advice is to start again from the beginning. Run the radio setup routine and make sure OP Config is correctly reading your radio, and that when you move your sticks OP Config interprets the directions and channels correctly. If not, adjust in OP Config until it can interpret your radio movements exactly as you intend them. Read the Wiki page again, or watch the help video.

You say you have the reverse function disabled on your ESCs. That is not correct, your ESCs need to be able to operate in both forward and reverse. If possible, you do want to disable the brake function on the ESCs. But do not disable reverse.

Once you get everything setup correctly in OP Config, then if your motors move in the wrong direction it is due to reversed motor wires.

I am absolutely confident that your problem is something very simple that was overlooked, rather than a problem with the board itself.

If English is not your first language, possibly the instructions in the Wiki are not very clear to you. If so, please try to find someone who can speak your language and English both, to help you. If you let us know hat your native language is, there may be some foreigners on this forum who can help.

As for the lights, instructions are indeed provided in the Wiki including comments about current limiting and the use of resistors. I don't know what LEDs you are using so I can't give you specific advice. Maybe your LEDs were burned out? Are they wired backwards? Double check. Observe with Snoop in OP Config to make sure your trigger to turn on/off the lights is working correctly.

If you can ask a very specific question I can give specific answers, but where things stand right now you will need to perform more troubleshooting yourself.

Open Panzer Help / Re: where to buy more TCB's
« on: December 15, 2018, 03:40:40 PM »
I don't actually know Hobby King's plans, but as it's been a while let me ask them and I will report back here with what they say.

Open Panzer Help / Re: OPConfig default OPZ file location
« on: December 06, 2018, 10:05:38 PM »

Other Open Source Projects / Re: StabiWii Turret Stabilization by Squirlier
« on: December 05, 2018, 06:43:12 PM »
Just reporting back, I've looked into the GSU. It is not a standalone device, it is merely an inertial measurement sensor, a good one but one of which any number could be chosen for the job. It still requires firmware on the TCB to process the readings and convert them into movement commands for the turret motors.

In other words, the GSU does not reduce the amount of work that would be required to accomplish that feature than where we are now. And where we are now, is that the amount of work is in excess of the time I have to devote, especially given how few people would actually use it.

Short of me winning the lottery and getting early retirement, some of these features will realistically only get realized if this project attracts additional coders that are willing to work on the firmware. For now I'm afraid I can't move the ball forward on that front.

Open Panzer Help / Re: where to buy more TCB's
« on: December 05, 2018, 12:57:52 PM »
They only just ran out of stock about a week ago, due to the sale they had running over Black Friday/Thanksgiving.

Hobby King doesn't keep me very informed so I can't tell you when they will re-stock but I'm sure it won't be much longer. But no one else is selling the TCB so until then you'll just have to wait.

Open Panzer Help / Re: 9x, mode 1, throttle and steering swapped
« on: December 03, 2018, 02:37:22 PM »
Great, thanks for reporting back. Nine times out of ten, it's something simple like this.

I'm glad you like the customizations and driving characteristics. Jerky and unrealistic driving was what bothered me the most when I first got started in tanks, and was the original reason I decided to make my own control board.

Open Panzer Help / Re: Radio Help
« on: December 02, 2018, 10:32:12 PM »
Thank you very much Mitch for posting the solution, it's always appreciated when other users provide answers for each other!

Open Panzer Help / Re: 9x, mode 1, throttle and steering swapped
« on: December 02, 2018, 10:27:51 PM »
This is a strange set of symptoms, but everything else seems to be working as it should, so I suspect the problem is ultimately something very simple. My best guess is that you need to swap the polarity of your motor wires where they connect to the ESCs.

Just to be sure, I would recommend first performing the radio setup routine once more, in case your settings were not saved to the TCB or were overwritten accidentally. When you perform Radio setup, make sure the each stick not only controls the correct channel that you intend it to, but that when you move the stick up, for example, that OP Config confirms "Forward", or that when you move the stick right, OP Config confirms "Right." If it doesn't, then re-order the channels in OP Config, or check the "Reverse" checkbox, until OP Config confirms the exact behavior that you expect.

When you complete Radio Setup watch the status bar at the bottom of the screen to be sure the settings are written to the TCB.

Now confirm again that you have the left motor ESC plugged into RC Output 1 on the TCB, and the right motor ESC plugged into RC Output 2 on the TCB. I have gotten myself confused before because the motor that drives the right gearbox for example is facing to the left, so it doesn't hurt to double-check you have it right.

Now give it a test. Push the stick forward without any turning. Both tracks should move in the forward direction. If they don't, swap the polarity of the motor where it connects to the ESC (don't swap the ESCs themselves). I think this will fix your problem, but if not, post back and let us know.

Other Open Source Projects / Re: StabiWii Turret Stabilization by Squirlier
« on: December 01, 2018, 04:29:17 PM »
would the GSU fom 35rc tank work??

I had not looked into their products before, but thanks for bringing it to my attention. Those guys have some impressive stuff.

There is no technical information available on their products, and of course they are not running an open-source enterprise. I've sent them an email to see if they would like to collaborate and will keep you posted.

Open Panzer Help / Re: Radio Help
« on: December 01, 2018, 03:56:07 PM »
This sounds like a setup issue within your transmitter itself. I'm assuming you're using the stock Turnigy firmware on your transmitter, which I am not familiar with. You'll need to go into the transmitter menus and make sure channels 5-8 are assigned to distinct physical controls, right now it sounds like they are all mixed to a single toggle. Look at Page 13 of this manual under the heading "Aux-CH" and see if you can modify that menu on your radio.

Also, the specs on the iA8 receiver are a bit unclear on the Hobby King website. They say it supports four output types - regular PWM, PPM, SBus and iBus. That seems unlikely to me, not that it doesn't work, just that as usual Chinese documentation/instructions are poor. You may need to experiment with the different protocol settings in the transmitter (I don't know what they will be, I don't have this radio myself, but just try the different ones and see if that makes a difference).

I know of at least one other user with this same radio, but he upgraded the transmitter firmware to er9x so his comments won't be of much help to you, but he indicates he did get it to work with the stock firmware also.

Open Panzer Help / Re: OPConfig default OPZ file location
« on: December 01, 2018, 03:27:06 PM »
Hi Jerry, finally got around to adding this functionality in the latest release (v0.93.42). OP Config will now remember where you last saved/opened an OPZ file, it defaults to the desktop the first time you run it but afterwards remembers wherever you went to last.

It will also now remember whether you prefer to have the header shown/hidden.

As always, let me know if you have any issues.

Open Panzer Help / Re: Car type with external ESC issue
« on: November 20, 2018, 04:14:06 PM »
Great! :)

Open Panzer Help / Re: Car type with external ESC issue
« on: November 19, 2018, 11:31:41 PM »
Ok! There actually was a bug, the dreaded "=" vs "==" in an obscure statement. I stared for many hours before I found it. The bug only affected cars and halftracks when the drive type was set to ESC.

Sergey I have posted a TCB firmware update (v0.93.44) that should correct this issue. Please re-flash your TCB and let me know if it works.

By the way, for cars and halftracks the steering servo should always work even when the engine is off.

Open Panzer Help / Re: Car type with external ESC issue
« on: November 19, 2018, 11:59:42 AM »
Hi Sergey, just wanted to let you know I've seen your question. I will try to replicate on my end, and if I encounter the same behavior, will track the bug. The fact it works with the onboard controller leads me to suspect it is not a bug, but who knows.

I am very busy this week so I don't know if I will get to it right away. I'll let you know when I do.

Open Panzer Help / Re: Smoker w/voltage booster
« on: November 04, 2018, 10:12:35 PM »
I don't think the Taigen/Heng Long smokers have a great reputation for longevity generally, though it seems like I have read that as of a few years ago the Taigen's were slightly higher quality. It used to be half the HL smokers burnt out the minute you turned them on.

For sure I do know that if the fluid level ever gets low they will certainly burn out. They need to be soaked in fluid in order not to overheat.

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