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Grorom
Joined: Oct 13 2015
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Time factor going creasy - earth porbem ?

May 23, 2016 - 10:59 am

Hi,

I sometimes have this issue with my TimeFactor :
https://youtu.be/YxX-T-fVseM

 - the expression pedal is still working
 - the tap tempo on the aux switch too
 - but the stompbox seems to sense many changes in all the pots on the stompbox itself.

The problem happens even if I unplug the expression pedal, the aux switch and the inputs/outputs.
The powersupply is a european VoodooLab pedal power 2 plus with a Voodoo Lab Current Doubler Adapter PPAP.
I have the 5.2beta firmeware (I've update to it because I thought it could solve this), the problem is there since the begining (I've bought it in august 2011), but it happens not often.

I don't find a way to force the problem to find its origin... do you think it could come from a bad current ?

 

best,

rom

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nickrose
Joined: Jan 17 2008
Posts: 4417
May 23, 2016 - 10:45 am

This could be a bad pot, but is more likely to be a fault in the cable between the internal boards.

If your unit is under warranty, you should send it in.

If not, first have a technical friend take the top off and "wiggle" this cable to see if just needs plugging in better, or if the cable itself is faulty.

 

 

Grorom
Joined: Oct 13 2015
Posts: 12
May 23, 2016 - 12:22 pm

Hi, thanks for the support !

My TimeFactor is nearly 5 years old, I don't think the warranty will work... I'll figure it out.

The stompbox works very well 90% of the time, and when it's going creasy I juste have to unplug the power for a few seconds to get it working. I'll try to check the connections if the warranty is over.

Thanks again.

Grorom
Joined: Oct 13 2015
Posts: 12
June 10, 2016 - 04:16 am

After inspection (my TimeFactor is no longer under warranty), I did not see anything really wrong, I just inserted a sheet of paper modeled on the metal / plastic sheet separating the two electronic plates.
This metal / plastic sheet is slightly conductive, and I feel that the loose connection came from there:
by powering the disassembled  pedal in voluntarily supporting this sheet on the top electronic plate (the one on which are soldered potentiometers) I could cause the behavior of the pedal in the video.

Listed on the long term if the paper avoids these occasional madness of grain...

steve collop
Joined: Oct 9 2015
Posts: 8
October 05, 2016 - 03:13 am

I had a problem very common on the TF, the screen would go crazy, I took unit apart and re seated the ribbon cable, this seem to fix that problem . After a few days i know have a problem where having edited my presets 1-10 the unit is responsive to changes tomsay the mix levels etc but then all the switches become frozen, turning tje unit on and off fixes this for a while but eventually the same thing happens. any ideas I would like to fix this myself. Nice Bedlington whippet by the way on eventide pic.

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nickrose
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October 05, 2016 - 10:42 am

My guess is that you still have a ribbon cable problem. But, have you tried re-initialization ?

 

Grorom
Joined: Oct 13 2015
Posts: 12
October 05, 2016 - 11:05 am

Hi Steve,

Just a quick review of my little work on the TimeFactor : it works perfectly since I've put a simple sheet of paper between the two electronic plates.

Best,

rom

steve collop
Joined: Oct 9 2015
Posts: 8
October 05, 2016 - 11:18 am

Thanks Rom , will try that and post results.

steve collop
Joined: Oct 9 2015
Posts: 8
October 05, 2016 - 11:20 am

Thanks for info, I have tried initialising , will try Roms paper trick .