Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2013 4:42 PM (in response to BlindLemonLarry)Re: Variax 300 w/Workbench via USB?
you might try ininstalling both workbench and all versions of java on your computer... re-install workbench which will put the version of java it wants on your computer as well...
... just saying it could be java related...
i know MANY people have used it with a 300 successfully... my older variax is a 600 which is more or less the same thing with a tremolo and i've never had those problems...
you might also closely inspect the ports on your variax and workbench device as a bent pin could do something like this as well...
considering the problem has moved when using other computers this is probably the likely cause...
the other thing that might have moved from one computer to the other is the firmware on it....
i'd suggest downgrading the firmware to an older version... and then re-flashing to the latest... the firmware can act finicky if it's not perfect... and it happens!
anyway... some ideas.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2013 6:00 PM (in response to TheRealZap)Re: Variax 300 w/Workbench via USB?
I'm leaning towards the Java thing...nothing else makes any sense. As I said, the interface pins are all perfectly straight and aligned...up until last week, I'd never even pulled the dustcap off the port on the guitar! Since Monkey has absolutely no problem talking to the USB interface and guitar, it's got to be the Workbench/Java combo. To be honest, Line 6 software has always been rather dodgy...I'm feeling the same frustration I had back in 1999, trying to get Soundiver to reliably control my POD over MIDI!
I've been fiddling around with this thing for a week now, I guess my next move is to borrow a Mac laptop from work and try it with that. But I'm fast reaching the point of diminishing returns in terms of time invested fiddling with something that really should work right out of the box!! If I don't get it going soon, the guitar is going back in the closet...until the next time I need the sound of a Rickenbacker or a Dobro!
Thanks man, I appreciate your time and thoughts.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 9, 2013 1:30 PM (in response to BlindLemonLarry)Re: Variax 300 w/Workbench via USB?
Ugh...I've done the uninstall/reinstall Java & Workbench shuffle now on all three of my machines, and have gotten absolutely nowhere. Monkey works great, Workbench fails miserably. Line 6 support is great about responding, but they haven't offered any meaningful advice and are now basically repeating the same advice over again. (Try a different USB cable, try another CAT-5 cable, etc.)
I guess the Variax 300 is going back into the closet (or onto Craigslist) and the USB interface is being returned. What a shame, I hate to see unrealized potential.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 9, 2013 7:33 PM (in response to BlindLemonLarry)Re: Variax 300 w/Workbench via USB?
Hello, if you're getting disconnection notices, it might be your VDI cable you're using with the workbench USB interface.
I'm really sorry that you're having that much trouble. Trust me, it's really fun when you can get it to work. It's magical stuff, making any tone and tuning you want, totally amazing.
I suggest you keep trying to see what you can do. Your USB interface might be the problem, so maybe you should return it and look for another.