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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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QUOTE (RichG @ 11 Apr 2012, 14:09) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>As far as I know your original assumption, that oXigen will work with a standard SSD Lane Changer, is correct. What has happened to make you doubt this?


QUOTE (MrFlippant @ 11 Apr 2012, 16:45) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>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.

Thank you both, that's a huge relief.
Next questions coming up. Apologies in advance... I know, ignorance is not an excuse

- I know very little about the oXigen controllers, can you have Dynamic breaking off or on?? (not sure if the brake knob has anything to do with it)
I've seen and read the documentation a while ago but I know nothing about the some of the features such as power trim. Do I have to experience the oXigen controller to understand it?

- Will fuel strategy be present in the software in a year from now for all 20 cars??

QUOTE (MrFlippant @ 16 Apr 2012, 04:32) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>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.

QUOTE ( @ 16 Apr 2012, 09:31) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi
To have dynamic braking OFF, you must put the brake adjustment pot on 'Zero', and then use the round knob as a brake (100%)
Fuel strategy can be supported by external programs, as each car can have its speed and braking adjusted (see page 2 of the RMS). However, we have no plans to do it ourselves. We'll leave that to other software developers.
Note that in France, where the oXigen system is spreading quickly, which is interesting since France is where most clubs already are used to digital racing, there are at least two sw developers that are already writing sw for oXigen.

Wow, thanks yet again for the detailed helpful info. Is version 2.0 available now from the UK supplier? I shall put an order in very soon.
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QUOTE (Profoxcg @ 6 Jun 2012, 19:19) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>^ lol I bet.
post some pics if you have a permanent track and you !!! I like that. It'll become a common saying in the linguistics of slot cars.
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