Blackface adat ????

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I have three blackfaced adats and a BRC. The machines were recently professionally cleaned and one machine is still giving me troubles although the tech claims that it's in good working order. When in either record or playback the screen on the BRC will flash "error on 1" If I move the machine to the middle of the chain it's "error on 2" etc. I've switched and replaced the sync cables and no change. New tapes make no difference. I've tried a dozen or more tapes and even tries different brands. All the machines are on 4.03. Any help would be appreciated!!! :?

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Not sure if I have any more good ideas. It sounds like you've taken the right steps. Did you reinitialize the ADATs between troubleshooting rounds? (Hold down rec and play while starting up.) If your tech has given each individual machine a clean bill of health, maybe they should see this problem recreated exactly. Bring them the whole pile of ADATs and the BRC (or at least two ADATs including the dead one and the BRC) and show them the issue in person. Also, it's hard to tell from your description if this problem existed before the professional cleaning...

Maybe someone else visiting this forum has more thoughts?

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:roll: :roll: I called my tech and he said :oops: "DUH!" He forgot to reinitialize them after he finished cleaning them! In his defense, he's always extremely busy and, until now, I didn't know how to do it myself. The flashing on the BRC is gone! :D Now my next dumb question, is there any "secret" button combinations to push on the BRC itself to correct errors and problems? I feel like I'm unlocking some sort of secret codes on my kid's playstation or something! :lol:

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As I recall the BRC reinitializes the same way (Rec and Play while starting up). Check out the last page of the BRC manual for troubleshooting tips:
http://www.alesis.com/downloads/manuals/BRC_Manual.pdf

And see the rest of my ADAT tips here:
http://www.silentway.com/recording-tricks-alesis-adat-recorders

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Tony;
Everything now seems to work fine but I noticed something with the one deck that was giving me trouble. When I checked the head hours it reads zero hours. I don't know how I did it but the deck is working fine. :? :roll:

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oops. That might have happened at your service center if they replaced your internal battery. It certainly didn't happen by any of your exploratory button pushing. Make sure that it starts incrementing again properly, and make a note of the last recorded hours so you can know the deck's true age in the future.

Tape deck manufacturers make it very hard to reset head hours counters for obvious reasons a la "rolling back" a car's odometer. I know that a certain competing manufacturer (whose name rhymes with "Trashcan") doesn't want anyone to know that you can reset the head hours on their recorder (which rhymes with "Tree-Hay-Eighty-Eight") by temporarily disconnecting the internal lithium battery from the motherboard...

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Tony;
My guy said he only cleaned the deck. Could the battery be going dead?

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Maybe... Another symptom of a dead battery would be if it forgets other settings when powered down.

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Tech support at Alesis states that the most likely cause is the battery but Alesis no longer stocks them! Any thoughts on who might have them? The tech who cleaned the decks works for an Alesis dealer and he's not even sure where to get them anymore! :shock: :?

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Surprising that Alesis can't help, perhaps the blackface used a different battery than later models? Get the vital #s off the dead battery and maybe good ol' Radio Shack has it? I would get a second (or third) opinion from another repair center too. This is surely a pretty common request. Then, there's always Google!

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