Greg's Zimo system cheat sheet / common tasks


 This is intended for everyone. email me for a printed version. Suggestions are solicited.

Adding/selecting locos

  • It's important to remember there is a "local recall" list of locos, and there is a list of all locos in the MX10 and you can "draw" from either list.
  • F^ and Uv scroll through your "local loco recall" memory.
  • The II button will show you the complete list the throttle can select from
  • Select a loco from the list by hitting A, and usually A again to clear the rest of the list display
  • E + F^ to enter a new loco address
  • When showing a loco, C will remove it from your local recall memory
  • Individual loco addresses in a Consist appear and disappear, see the Consisting section to make heads / tails of this
  • Normally when you change a parameter in a loco and use F^ to store the changes, they get written to te MX10 too
  • the group names are in German, you can customize with E+0, then Object Groups. The groups are in order and English: Last Used, Steam, Diesel, Electric, multiple units, but I think it is trams/streetcars

Changing function buttons to momentary

  • E + 5  enters function key setup
  • select function key you want to modify by pressing it, you will get a set of brackets around the key
  • press TP so you get a red square in the upper left of the function picture
  • terminate with the F key (not that function key)... that writes the changes

Configuring the switch/turnout commands

  • So if you go E + 3 you are in some bizarre programming screen, not where you set the 2 addresses required for each accessory decoder address.
  • use shift  + W and you will enter something that will allow you to more easily map accessory decoders
  • in the E + 3, you need a line per accessory... ignore the 4 boxes

Turning on/off - wireless cab

  • press A for a few seconds to turn on
  • hold down E, then A momentarily to turn off
  • Holding A for 10 seconds resets cab

Programming CVs

When entering programming mode (service mode, or POM with railcom) you can get basic information on the top right of the screen:

  • RailComm Yes or No (if yes, will also identify if B(roadcast) or D(ata) or both
  • two numbers below, the first is the manufacturer ID CV 8 (145 for zimo), and the second is the Zimo decoder type (CV250)
  • The "Version xx.yy" where xx is the software version number (CV 7) and yy is the sub version (CV 65)
  • Then s/n XXXX.YYYY.YYYY.YYYY  where XXXX is the Zimo decoder type and YYYYYYYYYYY is the serial number of the decoder

NMRA Service Mode programming

To enter service mode programming, press E then MN, you will now see "SERV PR" at the very top left of the screen signifying you are in NMRA SERVice mode PRogramming mode. Remember on the MX10 this is only available from the Track 2 output.

Now normally you hit the TP key, and you can hear the motor pulse as it responds to the interrogation. It will come back with various information. What it comes back varies according to the decoder itself.

Now you can program the decoder. Enter a CV number and then hit "A", that will enter the CV number on the screen, and you will see blanks after.

If you just hit "A" again, you will read what is stored at that CV (without changing the contents of that CV register)

If you enter a decimal number, and then hit "A" it will program that CV.




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