CAT EYE CC-AT100 problem



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Jim Flom

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My Cat Eye Cyclocomputer isn't recording elapsed time. It's about five
years old. It has worked since, until today. Troubleshooting in the
Instruction Manual doesn't cover this issue.

It happened about a month ago and I replaced the battery. Problem's back.
I tried cleaning/scraping (lightly) the contacts on the back.
I checked the distance between the magnet and the sensor, and cleaned the
magnet.
I tried short-circuiting the contacts with metal a few times.
I tried pressing the AC button and resetting everything.
I run it on two bikes and discovered it doesn't record elapsed time on
either bike.

I've been riding in the rain a lot. Any suggestions before I send it back?

TIA,

JF
 
On Apr 6, 11:11 pm, "Jim Flom" <[email protected]> wrote:
> My Cat Eye Cyclocomputer isn't recording elapsed time. It's about five
> years old. It has worked since, until today. Troubleshooting in the
> Instruction Manual doesn't cover this issue.
>
> It happened about a month ago and I replaced the battery. Problem's back.
> I tried cleaning/scraping (lightly) the contacts on the back.
> I checked the distance between the magnet and the sensor, and cleaned the
> magnet.
> I tried short-circuiting the contacts with metal a few times.
> I tried pressing the AC button and resetting everything.
> I run it on two bikes and discovered it doesn't record elapsed time on
> either bike.
>
> I've been riding in the rain a lot. Any suggestions before I send it back?
>
> TIA,
>
> JF


No answer to your problem. But I have the AT100 and it is the only
CatEye that has ever acted oddly. All of the Enduro and Mity
computers I have run perfect year after year with never a battery
change. The AT100 starts giving really high speeds and stops
recording distance every now and then. Its been suggested on this
forum that the AT100 does this when the battery starts to go and
requires new batteries frequently. I never use the AT100 on brevets,
where keeping track of mileage to follow the cue sheet is important.
I don't trust the AT100 to work all of the time.
 
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Mike Jacoubowsky

Guest
My Cat Eye Cyclocomputer isn't recording elapsed time. It's about five
> years old. It has worked since, until today. Troubleshooting in the
> Instruction Manual doesn't cover this issue.
>
> It happened about a month ago and I replaced the battery. Problem's back.
> I tried cleaning/scraping (lightly) the contacts on the back.
> I checked the distance between the magnet and the sensor, and cleaned the
> magnet.
> I tried short-circuiting the contacts with metal a few times.
> I tried pressing the AC button and resetting everything.
> I run it on two bikes and discovered it doesn't record elapsed time on
> either bike.
>
> I've been riding in the rain a lot. Any suggestions before I send it
> back?


Cateye discontinued the AT100; it had always been a problematic unit, with
shorter-than-normal battery life. Rather absurd that it had battery-sucking
electronics *and* someone at Cateye saw fit to include a back light.

When you say it isn't tracking elapsed time, is it also not accumulating
trip mileage (not just total odometer miles)?

--Mike-- Chain Reaction Bicycles
www.ChainReactionBicycles.com


"Jim Flom" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> My Cat Eye Cyclocomputer isn't recording elapsed time. It's about five
> years old. It has worked since, until today. Troubleshooting in the
> Instruction Manual doesn't cover this issue.
>
> It happened about a month ago and I replaced the battery. Problem's back.
> I tried cleaning/scraping (lightly) the contacts on the back.
> I checked the distance between the magnet and the sensor, and cleaned the
> magnet.
> I tried short-circuiting the contacts with metal a few times.
> I tried pressing the AC button and resetting everything.
> I run it on two bikes and discovered it doesn't record elapsed time on
> either bike.
>
> I've been riding in the rain a lot. Any suggestions before I send it
> back?
>
> TIA,
>
> JF
>
>
 
C

Camilo

Guest
On Apr 7, 8:40 pm, "[email protected]"
<[email protected]> wrote:
> On Apr 6, 11:11 pm, "Jim Flom" <[email protected]> wrote:
>
>
>
> > My Cat Eye Cyclocomputer isn't recording elapsed time. It's about five
> > years old. It has worked since, until today. Troubleshooting in the
> > Instruction Manual doesn't cover this issue.

>
> > It happened about a month ago and I replaced the battery. Problem's back.
> > I tried cleaning/scraping (lightly) the contacts on the back.
> > I checked the distance between the magnet and the sensor, and cleaned the
> > magnet.
> > I tried short-circuiting the contacts with metal a few times.
> > I tried pressing the AC button and resetting everything.
> > I run it on two bikes and discovered it doesn't record elapsed time on
> > either bike.

>
> > I've been riding in the rain a lot. Any suggestions before I send it back?

>
> > TIA,

>
> > JF

>
> No answer to your problem. But I have the AT100 and it is the only
> CatEye that has ever acted oddly. All of the Enduro and Mity
> computers I have run perfect year after year with never a battery
> change. The AT100 starts giving really high speeds and stops
> recording distance every now and then. Its been suggested on this
> forum that the AT100 does this when the battery starts to go and
> requires new batteries frequently. I never use the AT100 on brevets,
> where keeping track of mileage to follow the cue sheet is important.
> I don't trust the AT100 to work all of the time.


this an honest question to both you and the OP: if you have any
problems at all with a cycling computer, why not just discard it and
get one that works? They aren't very expensive, certainly not
valuable enough to either spend any time fretting over or putting up
with less than satisfactory performance. If that makes any sense. To
me, if it started acting funny, I'd just replace it. I wouldn't spend
more than a little time trouble shooting, and certainly wouldn't try
to work around. If I'd gotten a couple of seasons out of it, I might
not be totally happy, but what the heck, I wouldn't expect lifetime
service from such a relatively cheap piece of equipment. I feel the
same way about my $35 watches. Easy come, easy go.
 
B

Bob Flumere

Guest
On 8 Apr 2007 00:11:15 -0700, "Camilo" <[email protected]> wrote:

>On Apr 7, 8:40 pm, "[email protected]"
><[email protected]> wrote:
>> On Apr 6, 11:11 pm, "Jim Flom" <[email protected]> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> > My Cat Eye Cyclocomputer isn't recording elapsed time. It's about five
>> > years old. It has worked since, until today. Troubleshooting in the
>> > Instruction Manual doesn't cover this issue.

>>
>> > It happened about a month ago and I replaced the battery. Problem's back.
>> > I tried cleaning/scraping (lightly) the contacts on the back.
>> > I checked the distance between the magnet and the sensor, and cleaned the
>> > magnet.
>> > I tried short-circuiting the contacts with metal a few times.
>> > I tried pressing the AC button and resetting everything.
>> > I run it on two bikes and discovered it doesn't record elapsed time on
>> > either bike.

>>
>> > I've been riding in the rain a lot. Any suggestions before I send it back?

>>
>> > TIA,

>>
>> > JF

>>
>> No answer to your problem. But I have the AT100 and it is the only
>> CatEye that has ever acted oddly. All of the Enduro and Mity
>> computers I have run perfect year after year with never a battery
>> change. The AT100 starts giving really high speeds and stops
>> recording distance every now and then. Its been suggested on this
>> forum that the AT100 does this when the battery starts to go and
>> requires new batteries frequently. I never use the AT100 on brevets,
>> where keeping track of mileage to follow the cue sheet is important.
>> I don't trust the AT100 to work all of the time.

>
>this an honest question to both you and the OP: if you have any
>problems at all with a cycling computer, why not just discard it and
>get one that works? They aren't very expensive, certainly not
>valuable enough to either spend any time fretting over or putting up
>with less than satisfactory performance. If that makes any sense. To
>me, if it started acting funny, I'd just replace it. I wouldn't spend
>more than a little time trouble shooting, and certainly wouldn't try
>to work around. If I'd gotten a couple of seasons out of it, I might
>not be totally happy, but what the heck, I wouldn't expect lifetime
>service from such a relatively cheap piece of equipment. I feel the
>same way about my $35 watches. Easy come, easy go.



Of course!
This makes complete sense.
But...
This is RBT where everyone in this fantasyland expects
every product they purchase to perform perfectly and
to last FOREVER.

Of course then the company producing the perfect product
would fail from lack of sales.. and then no more perfect product..

Oh, damn... good thing all of my bikes are equipped with perfect
components that I'll never have to repair or replace <G>.

Bob Flumere
 
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Jim Flom

Guest
"Mike Jacoubowsky" <[email protected]> wrote...
>
> Cateye discontinued the AT100; it had always been a problematic unit, with
> shorter-than-normal battery life. Rather absurd that it had
> battery-sucking electronics *and* someone at Cateye saw fit to include a
> back light.
>
> When you say it isn't tracking elapsed time, is it also not accumulating
> trip mileage (not just total odometer miles)?


That's right. It's also not recording trip mileage (can't say whether or
not it's recording total odo mileage. I never look at that).

Jim
 
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Mike Jacoubowsky

Guest
>> Cateye discontinued the AT100; it had always been a problematic unit,
>> with shorter-than-normal battery life. Rather absurd that it had
>> battery-sucking electronics *and* someone at Cateye saw fit to include a
>> back light.
>>
>> When you say it isn't tracking elapsed time, is it also not accumulating
>> trip mileage (not just total odometer miles)?

>
> That's right. It's also not recording trip mileage (can't say whether or
> not it's recording total odo mileage. I never look at that).


Definitely check to total odo mileage. That will give you a handle on what's
going on; if it accumulates mileage there, but not in the trip function,
then it might be that the trip miles aren't resetting, or that the
auto-start/not auto-start option isn't set the way you're used to. That
trips people up, so to speak.

But speed shows OK?

--Mike-- Chain Reaction Bicycles
www.ChainReactionBicycles.com


"Jim Flom" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> "Mike Jacoubowsky" <[email protected]> wrote...
>>
>> Cateye discontinued the AT100; it had always been a problematic unit,
>> with shorter-than-normal battery life. Rather absurd that it had
>> battery-sucking electronics *and* someone at Cateye saw fit to include a
>> back light.
>>
>> When you say it isn't tracking elapsed time, is it also not accumulating
>> trip mileage (not just total odometer miles)?

>
> That's right. It's also not recording trip mileage (can't say whether or
> not it's recording total odo mileage. I never look at that).
>
> Jim
>
 
J

Jim Flom

Guest
"Mike Jacoubowsky" <[email protected]> wrote...
>
> Definitely check to total odo mileage. That will give you a handle on
> what's going on; if it accumulates mileage there, but not in the trip
> function, then it might be that the trip miles aren't resetting, or that
> the auto-start/not auto-start option isn't set the way you're used to.
> That trips people up, so to speak.
>
> But speed shows OK?


It's fixed! Thanks Mike!

I took out and and reinstalled the battery.
I hit the AC button.
I re-entered the appropriate settings.
When I got to Switching on the Auto (Automatic Start/Stop) Function, I
followed directions (from the T -- Time -- mode) and the elapsed time
indicator started progressing, second by second, as if it was mounted on the
bike and I was moving. If I depressed the S/S and Mode buttons
simultaneously, the elapsed time just re-started the seconds ticking off
from zero. So I switched to another mode, Distance, I guess, and depressed
the S/S and Mode buttons simultaneously. Then I went back to Time mode and
reset the AT function. That seemed to do the trick, as it reset the elapsed
time to zero and it didn't start ticking off seconds again.

So the big test: I put it on my bike and took it for a spin.
Elapsed time starts and stops as it should.
Elapsed distance and average speed records.
Total odo distance works too.
I think we're back in business -- thanks much Mike!

Jim
 
On Apr 8, 2:11 am, "Camilo" <[email protected]> wrote:
> On Apr 7, 8:40 pm, "[email protected]"
>
>
>
>
>
> <[email protected]> wrote:
> > On Apr 6, 11:11 pm, "Jim Flom" <[email protected]> wrote:

>
> > > My Cat Eye Cyclocomputer isn't recording elapsed time. It's about five
> > > years old. It has worked since, until today. Troubleshooting in the
> > > Instruction Manual doesn't cover this issue.

>
> > > It happened about a month ago and I replaced the battery. Problem's back.
> > > I tried cleaning/scraping (lightly) the contacts on the back.
> > > I checked the distance between the magnet and the sensor, and cleaned the
> > > magnet.
> > > I tried short-circuiting the contacts with metal a few times.
> > > I tried pressing the AC button and resetting everything.
> > > I run it on two bikes and discovered it doesn't record elapsed time on
> > > either bike.

>
> > > I've been riding in the rain a lot. Any suggestions before I send it back?

>
> > > TIA,

>
> > > JF

>
> > No answer to your problem. But I have the AT100 and it is the only
> > CatEye that has ever acted oddly. All of the Enduro and Mity
> > computers I have run perfect year after year with never a battery
> > change. The AT100 starts giving really high speeds and stops
> > recording distance every now and then. Its been suggested on this
> > forum that the AT100 does this when the battery starts to go and
> > requires new batteries frequently. I never use the AT100 on brevets,
> > where keeping track of mileage to follow the cue sheet is important.
> > I don't trust the AT100 to work all of the time.

>
> this an honest question to both you and the OP: if you have any
> problems at all with a cycling computer, why not just discard it and
> get one that works?


I have three CatEye Enduro or Mity computers that do work perfectly.
If the ride is critical, I put one of these computers on the bike
instead of the AT100. This is easier and cheaper than spending $25
for a new Enduro or Mity to replace the AT100. Similar to having a
bike with a double crankset and a triple crankset. If going on a
mountainous ride, I would just take the triple bike instead of putting
on a compact crank and/or big cassette on the double bike. Lot
cheaper and easier than buying new parts.

Most people have lots of things in their life that do not work
perfectly and could be fixed with money. Maybe even a small amount of
money. But you just put up with the minor inconveniences and go about
your life. Minor inconveniences. Not major. One of four bike
computers not being perfect is pretty minor to me.


They aren't very expensive, certainly not
> valuable enough to either spend any time fretting over or putting up
> with less than satisfactory performance. If that makes any sense. To
> me, if it started acting funny, I'd just replace it. I wouldn't spend
> more than a little time trouble shooting, and certainly wouldn't try
> to work around. If I'd gotten a couple of seasons out of it, I might
> not be totally happy, but what the heck, I wouldn't expect lifetime
> service from such a relatively cheap piece of equipment. I feel the
> same way about my $35 watches. Easy come, easy go.- Hide quoted text -
>
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