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Old 30th August 2015, 07:45 AM
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Default Devere 504 ilford 500 controller/ timer

Hi all,

I have a De Vere 504, with the ilford multigrade system and 500c timer- recently it has started acting up- it starts flitting through numbers, going up and down in increments of 10 seconds without me pressing any keys - eg. 15/ 25/45/85/95 and so on - it beeps constantly too. Its impossible then to print or expose- think this is an electrical issue - it happened before 3 years ago, gave it to someone to look at, but it had suddenly righted itself - is this an electrical issue, or could it be to do with power supply - has anyone ever seen this before?

If anyone has a spare timer, or wanting to sell one, could be interested too.

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Old 1st September 2015, 09:00 PM
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hi grainne

I've had that sort of thing happen with those soft touch type keypads before on other equipment
i fixed it by using a hairdryer to gently dry out condensation that had formed in it
if you try this be very gentle as you don't want to melt anything

if all else fails then i would definitely recommend a rh designs analyser 500 which i think everybody that swapped to after their 500c packed up loves

good luck

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Old 1st September 2015, 10:57 PM
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Cheers Robin, that's helpful, will definitely try it out!
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Old 2nd September 2015, 08:23 AM
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I have a spare DeVere Universal Timer that's just gathering dust, Grainne. PM me if you are interested.
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Old 2nd September 2015, 09:21 AM
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If you feel confident enough, open the box and re-seat the plug-in chips. When they get old corrosion can cause intermittent faults, so just carefully prise them up in their sockets and then push them back down. That might help. Best not to remove them entirely as if you're not careful the pins can bend when you plug them back in!
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Old 2nd September 2015, 06:26 PM
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Thank you! Had a quick peek inside today - will look again tomorrow. If I don't feel confident, could I give it to a electrician to inspect?

Its a little strange though the timer- I tried it again today - and it worked happily for about 30/40 mins, than it started off again ...

Cheers again for that.
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Intermittent faults are a problem! It could be temperature dependent. A TV or electronics repair person would be able to have a look and give you an opinion, if you can find one in these days of disposable everything ..
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Hi Richard, definitely will either have a go myself or will show it to someone, thank you for the advice, really appreciate this!
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You're welcome . I'm not promising anything but if I remember correctly there's one or more plug-in chips in the controller and these are notorious for giving trouble in older equipment!
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