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bunnahabhain

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Class 360/0's on 'one' Great Eastern services have been known to get the Blue Screen of Death, with the units then being required to be restarted.
 

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Seriously?

What idiot would put MS Windows on a train...

At least use some kind of unix like linux, bsd or mac os.

The ticket machines at Ipswich use windows though and have been known to show errors and windows xp embeedded logo screens.
 

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The PIS at Bristol Temple Meads uses Windows. Tryed to look at a departure screen there last week and it had a massive 'this program has preformed an illegal operation' error window splayed across it.
 

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MY uncle had to restart a 450 the other day when he opened on of the air con cupboards and smoke purred out!!
 

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spm_43030 said:
The PIS at Bristol Temple Meads uses Windows. Tryed to look at a departure screen there last week and it had a massive 'this program has preformed an illegal operation' error window splayed across it.
Yes, there was even one in Cardiff! When we were going to the hotel we saw one of those huge LED displays in a shopping estate displaying a huge Microsoft XP ERROR window. Where's a camera when you need one?! :lol:
 

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TSK TSK,

Unfair advertising....


Apple mac is better than windows. Fewer people use it because they are a honest company who doesn't advertise on ticket machines which should be doing ticketing.
 

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Which idiot would use Bindoze for something critical like that? I can understand sheep home users using it, but I thought these people knew what they were dsoing!
 

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Our railways are at least 5 years behind most other modern countries when it comes to railway technology, upto 50 years in some cases. They like everything fool proof, that means no wi-fi safety critical stuff.
Everything has to be connected by cables {jumpers} between vehicles, just look at the amount of cables between 2 desiro vehicles and 2 MK1 400 series EMU vehicles.
You'll probably find that not only is it windows software, its most likely '98.
Through my own technical experiences i've always seen the 458 as the underrated transition from the MK1 to the modern units like Desiros and Electrostars.
Most problems on a 458 could be solved by a trip and reboot.
This involves the 458 equivalent of tripping the AIS {auxilliary isolating switch} on a 400 series unit. It's like the harsher version of pushing the reset button on your pc when it locks up. A trip and reboot can take a minimum of 5 minutes.
Theres 2 ways of looking at a trip and reboot.
Operational view
From an operational view, a trip and reboot is 5 minutes trust delay against how ever long it would take a fitter to solve the problem. Also it gets you out of the **** with regards to trains stacking up

Fitter / long term view
From a fitters point of view, and the company on a long term basis, a trip and reboot isn't solving the problem, it's just suspending it for another day. The trouble is the symptons that caused the problem can very rarely be replicated on depot, meaning you'd need to delay a train in the field to get a problem, diagnosis and cure, in BR days it was a possibility, but in this modern world, everything is about avoiding fines at what ever cost

So don't knock it until you've been there 8)
 
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