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"oXigen for dummies" question(s)

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Yes it's me, the confused slot car fanatic who has barely enough skill and knowledge to solder a SSD chip in a Scalextric car.

I have many questions but one question will do for now....
I previously understood that there would be no need to buy the "O2 lane change driver" for the straight Scalextric lane changer?

How much is the O2 lane change driver?
My track design has 8 straight lane changers and I'm worried about money and having to solder. (my budget is limited and I have many chips, controllers and a dongle to purchase)

Thank you for your time and patience Slot Car Enthusiasts

PS. I am not going to race in analogue by the way if that's relevant
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There was a post by someone else who found that they weren't working to set the flipper straight. This was because the O2 chips were shipped in "oXigen" mode, which is to have the LED off when going straight. With their updated software and firmware, you can reconfigure the car chips to be in one of 3 different modes, including one that is SSD or hybrid compatible, so that the LED is on when going straight, so that SSD flippers will flip straight.

So, no, there is no need to buy the O2 lane change electronics for your SSD track.

If you really want to know the price, it's at the end of the O2 FAQ.
Using a SCP1, in any mode (analog, digital, whatever) is the best way to understand how it works. In short, you have adjustments for acceleration, min speed, brake strength, and how the curve moves between those settings. You have two lane change buttons. For oXigen, they are "move to the outside" and "move to the inside" (this only works when the lane changers have oXigen elextronics), or "hold to lane change" and "press to lane change for the next two seconds" (SSD mode). Then there's a brake button that enables brakes at the currently set level. It can take some getting used to, but once you understand the controls, it's very versatile.

Fuel Strategy will probably be supported by all 20 cars, but most likely via PC Lap Counter or other compatible software. I think the software will be primarily lap counting for a while. I think.
Interesting. oXigen is encroaching on the territory of Davic.
I know very little about Davic, but I have to assume that oXigen presents some advantages over it.
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32 steps? More like 14, and that's just what the base will recognize. The stock throttle only has 11, and the throttle profiles only use 7 or 9 of them (see Dave Chang's book). Even the Progressive controller uses 11 steps, but has a variable resistor for one of them. Using a controller gave you the full 14 steps, but that's still a far cry from analog. So yes.. oXigen will be a marked improvement over N-Digital.

PC Lap Counter has fuel based on throttle usage. At least, that's how it does it for other digital, so I'm guessing it does it also for oXigen. It's adjustable, but essentially the more throttle you use, the more fuel you use. A careful driver is likely to use less fuel for a comparable lap time (or better) than a reckless one that pins the throttle as much as possible.

I haven't read the whole Ninco section of Dave's book, and Cesar can back me up or point out my error, but I don't know of anything that N-Digital does that oXigen doesn't do better.
Yeah, if you sell your kids, who'll support you in your retirement? ;-)

And yes, if your track is bi-directional, you'll need to put lane change electronics into the lane changers that go the other way. Simply put, if you want a lane changer to work for O2, regardless of it's directionality, you'll need to install O2 lane change electronics into it.
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