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    M5 Midi problem/questions

    In troubleshooting last night, I found the midi in was not consistently working. After taking the cover off and spraying some deoxit in the midi in port, I was able to get my PC to restore my patches from the sysex file via midiox. I then put it back together and hooked it back up to my controller... nothing. Then back to the PC... nothing. So I took it back apart and tested continuity between each of the pins and where it appears those pins are attached to the board. I was getting inconsistent results. I heated up (with a soldering iron) the solder around the offending pins and added a tiny bit more solder to make sure their connections were solid. I then put everything back together and it seems to be working. Another thing (may or may not have anything to do with it) that I did in this process is reattach the bottom screws. I had removed them because they were interfering with where I had this on my pedalboard. I've read about some issues with the M5 and grounding and those screws being important to the whole thing. So it may have been a loose connection or a grounding problem... but for now, it's working. I'm really afraid to touch it though...
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    M5 Midi problem/questions

    I just got a Boss Es-5 since it could control patch selection via midi. However, no matter what I do, I cannot seem to get a program to change on the M5. In troubleshooting, I've tested the midi out works as I've backed up my patches in a sysex file. However, when I load the file using midi-ox, it shows it loads but nothing shows on the M5 to indicate it is receiving and when I power off/on, I don't see my restored patches (I did a factory reset after backing up). I've hooked another midi controlled device up to the midi out of the M5 (and to the in of the other pedal) and when I change patches in the M5, it changes patches 1-24 of the slave device. So, midi out is working fine (I think). I've also tested the ES-5 and found it can control a Boss ME-5 and Digitech Whammy DT without any issues. For some reason, I just can't make it control the M5. I've also tried numerous cables. I feel like I'm overlooking something simple, or... my unit is defective. Any advice or thoughts appreciated.