Alright y'all. I jumped feet first into this hobby with no real idea of what I was doing and now I'm paying the price.
I'll start at the beginning. As of four days ago, I had a genesis athearn f9a and b diesel. Beautiful compared to the plastic stock that I remembered as a kid about 20-25 years ago. So... as I had newly built benchwork and was waiting for my track to arrive, I saw that my f9 was dcc-quick plug equipped. Sweet!!
So, day two, I jumped down to my local hobby shop, and bought a digitrax zephyr. And then also a digitrax decoder of some sort. Come home, install it all and lo and behold the train is moving and the light is working. DCC rules.
So now on to day three. I bought a tsunami soundtraxx so that I could get some sound in that bad boy. Front headlight is burnt out (i needed that additional resistor, it was a 1.5v headlight). sound is working just fine. I decide to call it a decent day, trade light for sound.
Day four. The tsunami decoder was working alright, no lights, but then as the locomotive was sitting still on the track the LED turned off and now the Tsunami turns really really hot. No response, cannot program CVs. Completely unresponsive and just heats up. Nothing but uncomfortably hot fingers. What does that mean?
I swapped out the decoder in as many different ways as I could, I even took the locomotive back to DC and the locomotive worked fine. It's just when I get that tsunami in there it's toast... meaning hot and not working.
Should I send the tsunami into warranty repair or should I just scrap it for a digitrax decoder that i know will work?
Hope that gives enough info, and I can answer many questions that I know will come. I am totally new to the hobby and jumped into DCC feet first and maybe should not have.