Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 8:18 AM (in response to codamedia)Re: Variax 300 VDI Port Died suddenly
you have eliminated the guitar having a problem by both cases where it does work fine by what you said. id say its the power connection from your pedal. look in that connector for one of the connector wires to be lower than the rest. if so your not getting power from your pedal. theres a couple of fixes for that on here.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 9:32 AM (in response to amx05462)Re: Variax 300 VDI Port Died suddenly
Thanks for the quick response. I just want to make sure I understand what you are suggesting!
Are you saying to look at the Connection on the guitar for a fault in the connector? Such as damage or "lowering" of one of the pins? I doubt the problem lays with the X3 Live devices, as both are not likely to go down at the same time.
I did take the Variax apart and reset all the ribbons and connectors, but I am getting the same results. I'll take a closer look at the connector.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 9:36 AM (in response to amx05462)Re: Variax 300 VDI Port Died suddenly
@amx05462: I am curious as to why you believe the guitar is fine?
Would the VDI not go through it's own circuit - separately from the 1/4" TRS. Is it not possible that a componant has died in that section?
I hope that question doesn't come across wrong. I am not trying to argue with you, as you may know a lot more than me about the Variax. I'm just curious
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 9:45 AM (in response to codamedia)Re: Variax 300 VDI Port Died suddenly
when you said it works fine on batteries and also with the xps mini and its cables i thought you meant you were sending sound through that to your computer or amp or pedal. what im getting now is that its just powered through either batteries or the xps. power supply. in which case then it could be at the guitar . if your saying you get sound from the 1/4 output but not the xps then it could be the guitar connection. but i based my conclusion on whatyou originally said. either way the compressed connector on either the guitar or on the pedal seems to have been a common problem a few years back. so id look into all those connectors. . all it ever was was one wire that was stuck low and didnt connect. id check every one that you have .. just to be sure.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 10:59 AM (in response to amx05462)Re: Variax 300 VDI Port Died suddenly
Thanks for clarifying and your suggestions. I think there was a little mis-understanding. I'll try to be a little clearer.
- The guitar works when I use batteries and a 1/4" cable.
- The guitar also works if I use the XPS-Mini with the TRS cable (Line 6 TRS)
- The guitar does not work with the VDI through 2 different X3 live devices. (it has always worked in the past, so this is where it appears to be failing now)
I have checked the connections, and they are good. I verified each pinout using a multi-meter. The connection seems quite secure.
I am not sure where in the VDI it is failing. The Power, The Audio or the MIDI - or any combination of the those.
I would be happy if I could simply find an alternative way to connect to the computer so I can use Workbench and create various patches. Right now I'm just stuck with what I have loaded
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 11:11 AM (in response to codamedia)Re: Variax 300 VDI Port Died suddenly
well if you have verified all connections with a meter.. and they all verify from the main board to the other end of the plugged in vdi cable.... its not the vdi socket at all. if you cant go from the socket to the other end of the plugged in cable then its the socket. if you can go from the main board connector to the outer end of the plugged in cable its not the socket so from that pount you have to look at the connections on the main board possibly a resistor. i recall someone with a burnt resistor at one time.. i believe that had to get sent out to the company.. but thats what id do next . unplug the vdi connection to the main board and check from that connector to the other end of the plugged in vdi cable
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 12:04 PM (in response to amx05462)Re: Variax 300 VDI Port Died suddenly
Thanks for all your suggestions - I appreciate it.
When I get a chance I'll take the guitar apart again and pull out the coffin to test the internal connections, and see if there is anything obviously wrong (resistor, cap, etc...).
Once again - thanks for your help!
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 12:27 PM (in response to amx05462)Re: Variax 300 VDI Port Died suddenly
Well - all is not lost!
Using the info on this post http://line6.com/support/thread/14238 I managed to piece up a RJ-45 > MIDI cable that allows me to connect to the guitar with Work Bench on the computer.
This would indicate to me that the audio portion of the VDI connection is not working properly.
I get power to the guitar, and I get MIDI IN/OUT. At least now I can still manage the guitar, and even re-flash if I ever need to.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 12:46 PM (in response to codamedia)Re: Variax 300 VDI Port Died suddenly
well best of luck with it. btw while your in there you might want to insulate that coffin case from the main board alot of people had problems in that area as well. you can either get some of that liquid electrical tape and paint the inside with that or just spray it with a couple of coats of nonconductive paint. i dont think this is part of your problem but again while your in there why not kill two birds with one stone.. theres a bunch of past posts on that issue on this site.. you might find them under the dreaded coffin case problem or something like that as i recall.