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jer

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Re: Dingdong, dingdong,DINGDONGG!
« Reply #15 on: February 19, 2005, 04:21:18 PM »

Marc, What a bummer!  I have been
considering contacting my insurance company
for a discount with my system, but this sure
doesn't give a very good endorsement.  My
system seems to be working fine except I
still have a 5 ding report every 35 minutes.
Support has yet to answer my emails or
return my phone calls.  Other than that I
can say that my sensor worked fine. A large
canvas fell over in my studio while I was in
another state. The motion sensor tripped the
alarm and it dialed my cell number and two
other numbers very repidly. Wish I could
eliminate the frequent ding ding ding ding
ding thing - but I am habituating - ignoring
it most of the time now.
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joch

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Re: Dingdong, dingdong,DINGDONGG!
« Reply #16 on: February 28, 2005, 09:07:12 AM »

5 chimes, every hour or so, throughout the
day & night. Fresh batteries... I removed
individual components and I'm now just down
to a ds7000 consile and a door/window
sensor, console still chimes 5 times in
succession.
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jvanka

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Re: Dingdong, dingdong,DINGDONGG!
« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2005, 09:22:07 AM »

Ok.  I reset all the sensors and I am using
everything but the motion detectors.  It
appears that the M.D. are cousing a problem.
(I did not return the unit because you only
have 30 days MBG) If anyone had problems with
the motions and figured how to fix it please
let us know.  Thanks
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sean

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Re: Dingdong, dingdong,DINGDONGG!
« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2005, 11:40:15 AM »

The 5 rings happens with a Motion Detector
or a Door Sensor. I beleive this is a defect
in the some of systems as a whole.
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swerve

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Re: Dingdong, dingdong,DINGDONGG!
« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2005, 03:37:48 PM »

Good thing I read this before offering to
sell and install these things with my
customers.  I offer free system tweaking for
the life of the warranty and that would have
been a big hassle.
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john

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Re: Dingdong, dingdong,DINGDONGG!
« Reply #20 on: June 20, 2005, 11:37:26 PM »

Has anyuone found a fix for the 5 rign
issue.  My console started doing this today
after several months of no problems.  If it
is a sensor is there anyway to pinpoint
which one it is?
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jer

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Re: Dingdong, dingdong,DINGDONGG!
« Reply #21 on: June 21, 2005, 11:23:59 AM »

John, I sure hope someone comes up with the
solution. I have simply covered my console
with a pad to buffer the tone. You will
habituate to it over time like having a
grandfather clock that gongs each hour - BUT
wouldn't it be nice to silence it correctly.
Since X-10 Tech Support doesn't respond to
their problem I seldom even look at their ads
any longer. Too bad.  
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jack

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Re: Dingdong, dingdong,DINGDONGG!
« Reply #22 on: August 30, 2005, 10:45:43 PM »

I have used an x-10 security system
successfully for over 7 years.  One tip: if
you're having trouble with the sensors,
first, turn the motion detectors TOWARDS
the wall so that they aren't picking up any
motion; then remove all the sensor from the
module by putting the console on "install"
and pressing and holding Arm Home, Arm
Away, and Panic at the same time.  Then,
one by one, re-install all the sensors,
being careful not to let them install twice
(hence turing the motion detectors to the
wall so they don't pick anything up).
After everything has been reinstalled, take
the console off "install" and fix the
pointing of the motion detectors.  This has
worked on the few times things got off-
kilter.
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jer

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Re: Dingdong, dingdong,DINGDONGG!
« Reply #23 on: September 14, 2005, 12:14:21 PM »

Well, Gus MY DING DONG PATTERN HAS INCREASED
TO EIGHT BELLS (sure miss the old 5
chimes)...and the sound has changed to a very
high pitched frequency that is hard to
ignore. Not sure why this has happened except
my ActiveHome Pro hookup was worthless so I
have tried to move back to my IBM Home
Director. The mystery goes on.  X10 Grimlins
continue to play in my household!
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pam

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Re: Dingdong, dingdong,DINGDONGG!
« Reply #24 on: September 15, 2005, 01:54:04 PM »

I just purchased the home security system.
One week after having it installed, I began
to the 5 bells. When I contacted the Tech
help, the guy said my battery was bad. No
way, it was brand new. So I unplugged the
console to erase all its memory. reinstalled
all the components. Well the bells stopped
but now the system wont arm. I agained
called Tech who said the console was bad. I
was told to return it and a new one will be
sent. Two weeks go by, no new concole. Call
tech, have to wait for them to put the old
on back in the system before a new one can
be sent. Great. All this money, a 30 day
warranty and 25 of those days I dont have a
complete system! SEND YOUR Console back! It
is defective.
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jer

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Re: Dingdong, dingdong,DINGDONGG!
« Reply #25 on: September 15, 2005, 10:57:18 PM »

Pam, Welcome to the club of frustration.
Actually, I'd say MOST of the time my
security system works okay - but with some
chronic gliches to contend with.I have a
pretty expanded system with door/window
sensors, motion sensors everywhere, etc. - so
it is more prone to occassional quirks.  My
console shows one of my door alarms as having
a low battery too - yet I have installed new
ones to no avail. It can be armed with a
by-pass command - yet sometimes it will arm
w/o doing that. In all,  X-10 has some real
design problems or else has some built-in
gremlins. Sounds like you definitely have a
bad console. Maybe you can get a refund and
buy something from SmartHome instead. I'm
having to do that with my lousy ActiveHome
Pro - but I won't get a refund - instead I
just get a lesson in not believing X10s
fraudulent marketing.
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richard

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Re: Dingdong, dingdong,DINGDONGG!
« Reply #26 on: September 16, 2005, 11:03:19 PM »

Thanks you guys, I just gave my credit card
information to become a reseller for my
webstore www.shoparooonline.com which has
tons of great stuff, but I refuse to sell
anything that has faults like you guys are
experiencing. Sorry to hear your dilemas on
the ding dong issue. I am not rubbing
anything in but I believe you always get
what you pay for when it comes to
electronics, and I almost dipped into my
VISA account for the grand daddy system. We
have high crime here and low lighting and
bad police surveillance to look after out
hamlet of 283 people in Canada here. I hate
to pay $1000's to have a peek at who broke
my window or tried to get into my garage,
the police just let the young kids go
without a hitch and we end up with higher
insurance bills!!! Maybe it's time to find
somewhere else to go......... good luck to
all, my condolences on the faulty capacitor
or shorting photocell, this is what I think
is happening, maybe a tech in your towns
can take a quick check and test them for a
faulty transistor, resistor, or capcitor.

Bye all.
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ian

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Re: Dingdong, dingdong,DINGDONGG!
« Reply #27 on: September 17, 2005, 09:39:52 PM »

 
So best thing. Unplug and remove batteries
from console. Go cover all motion sensors
with something heavy like a thick dish
towell. Replug in the console, put it on
install.
Press Arm Home on the remote and hear a
ding (repeat using arm on other remotes as
needed)
Now trigger a sensor (door/window or
motion) you should hear 1 ding. When doing
motion sensors reach under towell and press
button to send signal or uncover the sensor
and when you hear the ding cover right back
up.
Set the console from install to position 1.

Arm the console to test it. Use Arm Away
for all testing. Sometimes it wont arm the
first time you press. If this happens Press
Disarm Away, then Arm Away, then Disarm
Away then Arm Away again. Toggles console
out of confusion.

If its working with 1 or two sensors go
ahead and setup all the way. Sometimes you
have to reset it and set them all up from
the beginning in a row. The key is to be
very careful not to enter the same sensor
twice.

The console itself is fairly stable and in
most cases is not defective if it wont arm.
The random beeping thing is usually an
unfixable problem.
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ian

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Re: Dingdong, dingdong,DINGDONGG!
« Reply #28 on: September 17, 2005, 09:40:17 PM »

So many posts in here WOW...

If the lights on the console are on then
YES the system will not arm except in
bypass mode. This is because there is a
defect in the sensor it thinks it is being
tripped.

Common issue is that a sensor was entered
into the console twice. The console is not
very smart so if you program it one day and
the next day someone puts it on install and
triggers a sensor of some sort you will get
an extra zone programmed. This will cause
all sorts of erratic behaviors.

A real common thing to cause this is the
motion sensors. When you are first setting
up the system when you have it on install
if the mostion sensor sees you twice it
will enter itself twice as zone 1 and zone
2 for example....console will not arm at
this point.

If your console is beeping multiple times
in a row in 1/2 hour increments or
something like that it is likely defective,
try resetting it but you need to get x10 to
exchange it for a new one is the likely
answer!
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jvanka

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Re: Dingdong, dingdong,DINGDONGG!
« Reply #29 on: September 17, 2005, 09:55:39 PM »

Well, If so much needs to be done to make it
work properly who can trust in this device?
I cannot leave my home and think my system
has my place protected.  I think they should
fix all these problems before putting out to
the market specially being a security
device.  
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