Old Style Dataflash Problem

TimMillerTimMiller Registered User
edited March 2008 in HES Automated Lighting
I have a bunch of the old style data flash, and they will not fire the lamp. I installed new SO lamps, and the red led does come on when powered up. I can hear the caps cycling through its test cycle. What do i need to check? Thanks. I am wondering if someone screwed up and sent me HO bulbs even though they are in packages that say SO. I will try taking a known working bulb and installing it in one to see what happens, but i have not had time yet.

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  • Marty PostmaMarty Postma Registered User, DL Beta, Hog Beta
    edited March 2008
    You probably blew a fuse....you will have to open the unit up and check the fuses on the PCB inside (don't forget to "unlock" your data XLRs to be able to get inside;) ).
  • TimMillerTimMiller Registered User
    edited March 2008
    If memory serves me correctly the fuses are good. I have about 8 fixtures doing the same thing.
  • PuffyfishPuffyfish Registered User
    edited March 2008
    Are the boards blown up? Catch a smell of something awful on the BBQ?:D
  • Marty PostmaMarty Postma Registered User, DL Beta, Hog Beta
    edited March 2008
    TimMiller said:
    I am wondering if someone screwed up and sent me HO bulbs even though they are in packages that say SO.

    You an very easily tell the difference between an HO and SO lamp.

    The HO will have a glass bell-jar "cover" over the flash coil, whereas the SO lamp does not have this cover and the flash coil is unprotected in this manner.

    It definitely sounds like either a blown fuse or a blown board.....the board is usually very obviously burned when it fails.
  • TimMillerTimMiller Registered User
    edited March 2008
    boards look brand new and the fuses are good.
  • PuffyfishPuffyfish Registered User
    edited March 2008
    What about the lamp sockets and the lamps themselves?
    I've seen a few lamps have tiny holes or fractures that were really hard to see. See if they are set to 120 v. Make sure the XLR lines are 'locked on'. Seen a bunch not fire because the were not.
    If it all looks fine and the lamps are fine then its a job for the factory boys in Texas.

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  • Marty PostmaMarty Postma Registered User, DL Beta, Hog Beta
    edited March 2008
    TimMiller said:
    boards look brand new and the fuses are good.
    Puffyfish said:
    What about the lamp sockets and the lamps themselves?
    I've seen a few lamps have tiny holes or fractures that were really hard to see. See if they are set to 120 v. Make sure the XLR lines are 'locked on'. Seen a bunch not fire because the were not.
    I would also try pulling out the chips from their sockets and examining them....I've seen a few cases where the chip burns on the underside and/or the burn at one or more pins is not visible until the chip has been pulled.

    Just make sure you take note of the chips' orientation so you don't re-load it backwards.....which will definitely cause the board to go up in smoke!
  • TimMillerTimMiller Registered User
    edited March 2008
    I tried swapping lamps to make sure it was not the lamp. I'll check the chips.
  • stephenwykerstephenwyker Registered User, DL Beta, Hog Beta
    edited March 2008
    I'm keeping notes on how to kill those damn things =)
  • ellisdesignsellisdesigns Registered User
    edited March 2008
    did you check the intensity on the board??
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