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Re: Deckards Dream General Build Thread

Post by steviet » Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:07 pm

c0ntr4d1ct10n wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:03 am
Silly me. Turns out that this is normal as the 3.3v for the sliders is on a different rail on rev2.

So now I got the firmware loaded and the OLED is working. When I enter in a voice card (just a single one), the +5V led is off and -5V and -12V leds on the psu flash slowly meaning there must be some sort of error on the voice card right? Note that this still occurs even when I take out all of the chips on the voice card.

When I take out the voice card, the DD seems to boot fine and I get the main menu on the OLED. However, now none of the pushbuttons seem to work. Even the shift button doesn't seem to work (like before I loaded the firmware, I was able to turn it on while pressing shift, but now it doesn't seem to do anything).
Not that it would be helpful to you... but could you check your PSU board and my post above your own to see if there is that missing SMD component?

Maybe the Karma you accrue from doing so will help with your issues :party: wish I was closer to the end so I could help! Are the encoders and buttons getting any weird voltage? Strange that they worked, but then stopped... Did they stop working after you had plugged in the voice card?
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Re: Deckards Dream General Build Thread

Post by c0ntr4d1ct10n » Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:55 pm

steviet wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:07 pm
c0ntr4d1ct10n wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:03 am
Silly me. Turns out that this is normal as the 3.3v for the sliders is on a different rail on rev2.

So now I got the firmware loaded and the OLED is working. When I enter in a voice card (just a single one), the +5V led is off and -5V and -12V leds on the psu flash slowly meaning there must be some sort of error on the voice card right? Note that this still occurs even when I take out all of the chips on the voice card.

When I take out the voice card, the DD seems to boot fine and I get the main menu on the OLED. However, now none of the pushbuttons seem to work. Even the shift button doesn't seem to work (like before I loaded the firmware, I was able to turn it on while pressing shift, but now it doesn't seem to do anything).
Not that it would be helpful to you... but could you check your PSU board and my post above your own to see if there is that missing SMD component?

Maybe the Karma you accrue from doing so will help with your issues :party: wish I was closer to the end so I could help! Are the encoders and buttons getting any weird voltage? Strange that they worked, but then stopped... Did they stop working after you had plugged in the voice card?
Which missing smd component? Is your board rev2?
The thing is, I don't actually know if the pushbuttons worked, only that shift worked because I was able to go into usb mode to load the firmware but pushing it and turning it on. If you turn it on while pressing shift, do you still enter into usb mode even after you've formatted and loaded the firmware now?

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Post by steviet » Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:50 pm

c0ntr4d1ct10n wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:55 pm
Which missing smd component? Is your board rev2?
The thing is, I don't actually know if the pushbuttons worked, only that shift worked because I was able to go into usb mode to load the firmware but pushing it and turning it on. If you turn it on while pressing shift, do you still enter into usb mode even after you've formatted and loaded the firmware now?
Yes my board is a Rev2. It is very hard to see in the first picture I posted, here is a picture with the component circled:

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As far as holding the shift button while power on, I believe it should still enter USB mode, even after loading and formatting. I believe this is the case because the procedure should be the same for updating the firmware. Have you tried the facebook group? Word on the street is that it is much more active than this thread. Best of luck!! It will be alive one day, just keep at it :sb:
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Re: Deckards Dream General Build Thread

Post by c0ntr4d1ct10n » Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:03 pm

steviet wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:50 pm
c0ntr4d1ct10n wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:55 pm
Which missing smd component? Is your board rev2?
The thing is, I don't actually know if the pushbuttons worked, only that shift worked because I was able to go into usb mode to load the firmware but pushing it and turning it on. If you turn it on while pressing shift, do you still enter into usb mode even after you've formatted and loaded the firmware now?
Yes my board is a Rev2. It is very hard to see in the first picture I posted, here is a picture with the component circled:

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As far as holding the shift button while power on, I believe it should still enter USB mode, even after loading and formatting. I believe this is the case because the procedure should be the same for updating the firmware. Have you tried the facebook group? Word on the street is that it is much more active than this thread. Best of luck!! It will be alive one day, just keep at it :sb:
Yes, you're right! - that component is missing on my rev2 psu. What does this mean?

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Post by steviet » Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:23 pm

Thank you for checking! If it's missing on mine and yours, then it was likely a part that isn't meant to be placed. I asked you to check to see if my PSU card was possibly missing a component. No need to worry about this little guy, it's by design I am assuming!
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Post by B0bcat » Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:29 pm

I've searched and not found anything, but as voice card separation distance determines maximum component height (and therefore limits component selection) -- how far are they apart? BOM mentions a number of spacers, which hints voice cards are just 20-25 mm apart - is that correct?
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Post by steviet » Fri Oct 16, 2020 7:35 pm

I believe the voice cards are separated by 10mm spacers.

EDIT
Peter posted below, looks like 20mm between cards as you mentioned!
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Re: Deckards Dream General Build Thread

Post by c0ntr4d1ct10n » Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:38 pm

steviet wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:07 pm
c0ntr4d1ct10n wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:03 am
Silly me. Turns out that this is normal as the 3.3v for the sliders is on a different rail on rev2.

So now I got the firmware loaded and the OLED is working. When I enter in a voice card (just a single one), the +5V led is off and -5V and -12V leds on the psu flash slowly meaning there must be some sort of error on the voice card right? Note that this still occurs even when I take out all of the chips on the voice card.

When I take out the voice card, the DD seems to boot fine and I get the main menu on the OLED. However, now none of the pushbuttons seem to work. Even the shift button doesn't seem to work (like before I loaded the firmware, I was able to turn it on while pressing shift, but now it doesn't seem to do anything).
Not that it would be helpful to you... but could you check your PSU board and my post above your own to see if there is that missing SMD component?

Maybe the Karma you accrue from doing so will help with your issues :party: wish I was closer to the end so I could help! Are the encoders and buttons getting any weird voltage? Strange that they worked, but then stopped... Did they stop working after you had plugged in the voice card?
Turns out it was the first voice card I built that had a problem. I just built a second voice card and plugged that in and it works! I get sound! :sb: (Thanks for the good karma). :yay:

However, the buttons still don't work. I put in a newCD4051 in IC15 and still no difference.

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Post by Zifor » Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:36 am

Hi folks!
I thought this may be relevant to Deckards Builders.
Definitely works with rev 1. Don't see why it wouldn't work with Rev 2

To make my testing easier I built some card extenders so I could easily test the boards while powered on. It means you can easily test with an oscilloscope or multimeter if a signal or power is going through to the motherboard correctly.
I currently have 10 spare and happy to sell them to people for £10 plus postage depending on your location. If they get sold and there is good interest I’d happily do another run.
Here is what the boards look like (my personal one). The blue connector is the same as in the deckards BOM and the contacts are gold plated.
If you need any clarification please let me knowand pm me if your interested in this first run.This is my first time doing this and happy to help.
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Re: Deckards Dream General Build Thread

Post by campacasa » Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:00 am

@steviet: I can confirm that also here the one SMD component is missing on the power board. Must be by design.

@B0bcat: The voice cards are at 20mm distance, while the PSU board has 25mm distance to the last voice card.

@c0ntr4d1ct10n: You've asked about the problems I had earlier this year. I'm aware that yours are different, as per your further postings. Since I got kind of frustrated I had given up the debugging at that time. There were anyway other things to do during spring and summer time. Now that the days are getting shorter and temperatures are going down, I do want to pick that up again. I'm not in a hurry, but of course would like to get this solved one day. I didn't spend the money to just keep things lying around.

Question: Would anyone still have an empty (no components soldered yet) mother board available? Then, what resistance are you measuring between ground and the +5V pins 31/32 of the power slot? Next, could anyone with a equipped board check the same (possibly with all ICs removed from the sockets)?

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Post by c0ntr4d1ct10n » Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:57 pm

Anyone know where the 3.3V is supposed to be coming from on PBD1? I think this is the source of my problem with the pushbuttons (I only measure about 1.5V from pin 1 so must be something blocking it).

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Post by B0bcat » Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:16 am

steviet wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 7:35 pm
I believe the voice cards are separated by 10mm spacers.

EDIT
Peter posted below, looks like 20mm between cards as you mentioned!
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campacasa wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:00 am
Question: Would anyone still have an empty (no components soldered yet) mother board available? Then, what resistance are you measuring between ground and the +5V pins 31/32 of the power slot?
- Peter
I got 6.41M ohms on my unpopulated rev 2.1 mother board. Hope that helps.

And I wish I could help c0ntr4d1ct10n! Best of luck, I'm sure someone here will have the info you need. Based on Rev 1 schematics it looks like it's coming from IC2 on the PSU board. I can take a closer look at my PSU board tomorrow to see if that's still the case with rev 2!
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Re: Deckards Dream General Build Thread

Post by c0ntr4d1ct10n » Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:03 am

steviet wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:49 am
campacasa wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:00 am
Question: Would anyone still have an empty (no components soldered yet) mother board available? Then, what resistance are you measuring between ground and the +5V pins 31/32 of the power slot?
- Peter
I got 6.41M ohms on my unpopulated rev 2.1 mother board. Hope that helps.

And I wish I could help c0ntr4d1ct10n! Best of luck, I'm sure someone here will have the info you need. Based on Rev 1 schematics it looks like it's coming from IC2 on the PSU board. I can take a closer look at my PSU board tomorrow to see if that's still the case with rev 2!
Thanks, glad you have rev 2. I think Roman mentioned that in rev 2, he kept the sliders on a separate 3.3V rail (I guess for redundancy to protect the smd chips from any builder errors, which I've made plenty of).

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Post by c0ntr4d1ct10n » Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:19 am

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So I think I may have found the source of the slider voltage. Measuring about 11.94V on one end of R8 and 4.11V at the other end. On the TL431, I'm measuring 3.2V on pin 1 and 4.11V on pin 3.

Anyone know how these shunt regulators work? I did some experimenting by slightly changing some of the resistor values and found that without the hardware board connected, the output voltage stays at 4.11V (reference voltage does change). With the hardware board connected, the output voltage drops and seems to change based on the value of R8. Is it all dependent on the current running through the hardware board?

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Post by ronski » Sat Oct 31, 2020 7:56 pm

Hi All,
I've received DD kit nr 724 and hoping to start ordering parts soon.
Obviously very exited to start working on this project and have two initial questions.

First one about the solder, I always use Sn60Pb40 brand Cynel SW26 Flux and have been really satisfied.
Now I've read on the page with DD Rev2 kit tips that it's advised to use no clean solder, no organic flux based core.
I'm not entirely sure if my solder fits in that description, any enlightenment would be hugely appreciated.

Second question is about the 0805 caps, I see that on the same page the BOM refers X7R caps.
Since a few years after some reading I started using only COG caps, seeing the X7R's here made me question
wether I've been overdoing it all those years or if people still advice to use COG's

Thanks a lot for helping out!

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Post by sduck » Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:45 pm

Solder - if what you're using works, go for it. But if you want a good clean result, use the kester 331 that's recommended, and make sure to wash it off with hot water frequently (after every build session). You should use a no clean solder for the final, non-washable parts.

Bypass caps - use whatever, it doesn't matter. They're not in the audio path.
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Post by steviet » Mon Nov 30, 2020 2:45 pm

Anyone got any tips for not spending an unruly amount of $$ buying the hardware (screws and standoffs)? I'm in Canada so I've been looking at Mouser and Amazon. I tried Tayda but they don't have a variety of screws and standoffs... any other places I can take a look? Mouser and Amazon will do, but I'm looking at $100+ Canadian rupees just to get the thing held together from those sites, and I'm trying to keep the cost down!
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Post by captnapalm » Mon Nov 30, 2020 5:06 pm

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Anyone got any tips for not spending an unruly amount of $$ buying the hardware (screws and standoffs)? I'm in Canada so I've been looking at Mouser and Amazon. I tried Tayda but they don't have a variety of screws and standoffs... any other places I can take a look? Mouser and Amazon will do, but I'm looking at $100+ Canadian rupees just to get the thing held together from those sites, and I'm trying to keep the cost down!
ebay from chinese sellers is generally the cheapest.

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Post by steviet » Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:58 pm

Thanks for the tip. I'll give it a throw there, I was hoping for somewhere that would ship to me before the spring, but I think I can either have it quick and expensive, or a good price (like your suggestion) and wait it out.

Thanks again! Wow these things are cheap on eBay...
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Post by c0ntr4d1ct10n » Sun Dec 06, 2020 5:36 pm

I've been ordering them from Aliexpress. It's much better because you can select the delivery type.
I've even ordered all my tl064s, tl062 and lm13700s without any issues (apart from possibly them accidentally putting a single wrong chip in the tl062 packets and it blew up because I didn't check it before I put it in).

I've got a fully working unit and it sounds great!

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Post by witchbutter » Thu Dec 17, 2020 7:17 pm

I'm having an issue with the firmware Rev 1.3.0 on a factory built version 1 Deckard's Dream. I am able to start the unit and get into USB disk mode, copy the bin file over and restart, and everything seems fine. It installs the firmware goes to the menu and produces sound. But the next time I power off and back up it goes to a firmware updater menu again, goes to 87% completion and then freezes. Subsequent power up power down is a black screen. I am able to go back to USB disk mode, load the firmware again and use it one time following the update but if I shut it off the problem occurs again.

I tried emailing black corp with no response, and they say to ask here or in facebook which I don't use, so I am asking here if this is a known issue.

EDIT: Finally figured it out. I saw in the install instructions that it was recommended to do the update from a Windows machine so I booted into bootcamp to perform the update. The instructions .docx file rendered differently in windows and showed I needed to copy over dd_bank_f.p in addition to DD-FIRMWARE-REV1.3.0.bin that was included in the bundle at the time of this writing here: https://www.dsl-man.de/download/attachm ... nload=true
Now the firmware update completed and continues to function after successive reboots. Other download locations for the firmware didn't include the dd_bank_f.p file.

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Post by wanne » Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:09 am

iam having a problem with my expander (no diy version,also iam not a diy`er and a total noob when it comes to electrical engineering )
it now happend the second time,the first time i got a replacement chip from the person who sold it to me.problem was solved....
now same problem again...
the issue is that the switch for the tremolo/chorus is not working in the middle position,if in middle pos.it turns off the whole audio,not just turning off the fx.
when i replaced it the first time it was working as it should,now after some time it fails again....

could this be some kind of short circuit ??

TIA

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Post by LED-man » Mon Dec 21, 2020 5:06 pm

I uploaded today the latest firmware 1.4 on my website.
You have to upload from the older firmware packages the banks (or just make an backup from your old/own banks)

https://www.dsl-man.de/display/DDRM/Use ... d+Firmware
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Post by c0ntr4d1ct10n » Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:42 am

thanks dsl-man. So what's new in this firmware?

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