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Dane
01-04-2009, 22:13
Has anyone ever had their VR3 computer register false depths and dives that didn't occur? Mine recently did both while diving in Mexico. First time was at 60' when the VR3 suddenly flashed that I was at 119' and called for a deco stop blah blah. (I had two 'puters the other an oceanic pro plus 2) the next day dive the VR3 did the same thing and actually continued to register new dives after I got home. I ended up pulling the battery out. Anyone got any ideas what went wrong before I send it back for a check-up?

in_cavediver
01-05-2009, 16:59
Has anyone ever had their VR3 computer register false depths and dives that didn't occur? Mine recently did both while diving in Mexico. First time was at 60' when the VR3 suddenly flashed that I was at 119' and called for a deco stop blah blah. (I had two 'puters the other an oceanic pro plus 2) the next day dive the VR3 did the same thing and actually continued to register new dives after I got home. I ended up pulling the battery out. Anyone got any ideas what went wrong before I send it back for a check-up?

Its likely a bad pressure sensor (or at least in that circuit). I'd send it in for a checkup. It might be as simple as a bad/dirty membrane on the transducer. Then again, it might be the processor's AD convert going as well making it 'see' different pressures.

Only the factory can really tell you.

drtyjrzy
01-14-2009, 10:03
I had the same problem with mine and I have to agree with the last post. The people at Delta-P US also suggested to remove the battery and see if it was stuck to the batt. cap. Turns out they had a run of bad caps that didn't fit right. Of course mine was the sensor and had to be sent back to the UK for a fix, and it wasn't cheap, I don't remember the exact amount, but it was somewhere around 400-500 bucks.
Good luck
Paule

Black-Gorrilla
01-14-2009, 10:16
I had the same problem with mine and I have to agree with the last post. The people at Delta-P US also suggested to remove the battery and see if it was stuck to the batt. cap. Turns out they had a run of bad caps that didn't fit right. Of course mine was the sensor and had to be sent back to the UK for a fix, and it wasn't cheap, I don't remember the exact amount, but it was somewhere around 400-500 bucks.
Good luck
Paule


500 bux to fix a factory defect? WOW. sounds like a load of crock to me... 1/4 the price of the computer to fix it?

drtyjrzy
01-14-2009, 10:41
No no I'm sorry I should have made myself clearer, the sensor is not a defect, just something that wears out over time. The battery cap is a factory defect and they will send you a new one for free. Sorry for the confusion.
Paule

Black-Gorrilla
01-14-2009, 11:38
Jeez... that is a really expensive censor to replace. avg. life of it?

drtyjrzy
01-14-2009, 11:52
Yeah it was expensive, thats why I don't dive the VR3 anymore. I couldn't say how long they last I bought mine used and it was about 5 years old or so. The sensor cost all that and it was like 100 more to ship it to the UK and back. Anyway I dive the shearwater now, it's much more user friendly and they are made in canada.
Paule

Black-Gorrilla
01-14-2009, 17:13
Damn.. That sucks. VR3 seems to be well liked amongst the techies, deep divers, CCR etc...

Rainer
01-14-2009, 17:16
Damn.. That sucks. VR3 seems to be well liked amongst the techies, deep divers, CCR etc...

Really? Everyone I know who owned one (note past tense) hated theirs. Money pits. They constantly break, have to be sent back for repairs that take FOREVER, and cost you a ton.

in_cavediver
01-14-2009, 17:27
Damn.. That sucks. VR3 seems to be well liked amongst the techies, deep divers, CCR etc...

Really? Everyone I know who owned one (note past tense) hated theirs. Money pits. They constantly break, have to be sent back for repairs that take FOREVER, and cost you a ton.

That's funny, all of the owners I know loved them (6 or 7 plus wife and I). The ones who dropped the VR3 upgraded to better hammerhead electronics for thier inspirations and that was the only reason they dumped the VR3's. (one kept it for OC dives)

I've had mine since 2002 and the wifes since 2005, no problems other than a great apatite for AA batteries. (course, that's due to our preferred backlight setting)

Rainer
01-14-2009, 17:30
Damn.. That sucks. VR3 seems to be well liked amongst the techies, deep divers, CCR etc...

Really? Everyone I know who owned one (note past tense) hated theirs. Money pits. They constantly break, have to be sent back for repairs that take FOREVER, and cost you a ton.

That's funny, all of the owners I know loved them (6 or 7 plus wife and I). The ones who dropped the VR3 upgraded to better hammerhead electronics for thier inspirations and that was the only reason they dumped the VR3's. (one kept it for OC dives)

I've had mine since 2002 and the wifes since 2005, no problems other than a great apatite for AA batteries. (course, that's due to our preferred backlight setting)

Maybe it's a regional thing, I don't know.

The four or five guys I personally know who had them all got rid of them for either X1s or Shearwaters (or in one case, reverted to a BT).

drtyjrzy
01-14-2009, 18:02
I won't deny they are great computers, I liked mine sometimes. Anyway the Shearwater does everything the VR3 does but it's a lot simpler to use. When I got first got my VR3 I thought I was trying to launch missle attacks, not go diving. Even after I had it a while it was still a pain in the ass to use, and I could never get the downloader to work. I did enjoy the video games on it made the deco stops a little less boring. Anyway now I have my Shearwater and I love it.
Paule

Black-Gorrilla
01-14-2009, 23:56
From what i read and from my understanding, once you got it set up and programed for a dive they (VR3) are a pleasure to use. Guess i'll have to check one out in person (never seen a diver with one, or a shop that stocks it... but in miami there is arent tech oriented dive shops)

TommyB
01-15-2009, 01:22
Most everyone I know in cave country and deep tech diving is or has switched over to the Liquid Vision. You'll see a lot of the VR3's
for sale over at Cavern, Cave and Overhead Diving Around the World (http://www.cavediver.net/)

http://www.hhssoftware.com/images/X1_onwrist.jpg
V-Planner Live VPM-B, VPM-B/E dive deco computer firmware (http://www.hhssoftware.com/v-planner/viewlive.html)

Main X1 site
Liquivision X1 (http://www.liquivision.ca/liquivisionx1.html)

drtyjrzy
01-17-2009, 18:37
to the OP, have you called or sent the vr3 back, just curious what it was.