I'm getting really pissed off with ALP.

Discussion in 'AntiLaser' started by angrypenguin, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. angrypenguin

    angrypenguin Eat Lead Mothertrucker!! Advanced User Premium Member

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    Look, I know there are a lot of pro ALP people here, and I'm not here to take away with how happy people are with their ALPs.

    Let me share what happened today.

    Driving along and I noticed that I was coming up to a LIDAR trap. I see the cruiser perpendicular to me up ahead, so I change the ALP to detect only mode. It goes to that mode, and then it keeps on cycling between alerting me I'm being hit to the good old whoop whoop...

    What I find weird is that after hitting the trap it keeps on doing so, so it's been looping again and again despite there not being a valid threat. E.g the system got stuck doing this and throughout this entire process I NEVER was told what gun was hitting me.

    This **** is really starting to get on my nerves. I paid good money for this, and while I DO NOT even want to insinuate there is a better product out there (because there is not), I'm getting really tired of how finicky the ALP is. I'm fortunate enough to know a bunch of people who have helped me fine tune this system, but these bugs need to be worked out.

    Sorry if this is a rant, but my patience with ALP is coming to an end. No, it's not a threat, I'm just really annoyed at all of the annoyances this system has caused in my life.

    And yes, I realize I'm bitching at the hand that feeds me (ALP), but well, a penguin is entitled to rant, right? After spending all of this money?

    On the other hand I spent ALL of today's drive going...wow, my RCM hasn't alerted me once, and I did not have ONE damn false. That's what a solid system is to me. Do it right please, or go home.

    Edited to add, by this time tomorrow, this penguin will have been beaten, raped, assaulted, for an anti positive ALP viewpoint.

    Sorry long day. I just needed to get this off of my shoulders.
     
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  2. Gotic

    Gotic Premium Member Beginner User Premium Member

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    Have you tried to do menu 5 and re-config the system to see if it fix it?
     
  3. mikedotd

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    I'm sure BRD will see this and you/we/him can work on reproducing it so it can be fixed.

    Long drives in the summer sun can be fatiguing. Grab a cold one and try to cool down penguin. :beer:
     
  4. jeffdemara

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    Ive had this happen as well, and know at least 2 other people locally to me who’ve also had it happen.

    Im not sure why it does that, because the install is solid, and the system has been updated and set up correctly. But when it does, it definitely is annoying.

    More importantly, for me, it raises the question as to whether or not it will always jam effectively if it glitches like that.

    In no way am I saying the ALP system isn’t worth it, or is unreliable. It has definitely proven itself to be an effective system I now refuse to drive my own personal vehicles without. I haven’t personally experienced any problems with it not jamming when it’s supposed to. But with electronics and technology, anything is possible I suppose.

    Plenty of saves thanks to this ALP system. Just maybe an uncommon bug (maybe scenario dependent) that needs to be worked out.
     
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    Not sure your situation but---I have never experienced this yet and its been working great for me for years!!
     
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    It's definitely an effective system don't get me wrong. But it does have weird bugs that happens from time to time. I've seen it a few times already.
     
  7. Bossdad71

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    Hate to hear you're having a bad day. I hope you were able to get some sleep. I also hope youre able to get the glitch fixed..
     
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    Stkrdknmibalz PTM Pacos Ahead! Advanced User Premium Member

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    Try powering then on while being hit by sun, you'll start troubleshooting and suddenly it starts working again

    Posted from my Spaceship ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
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  9. angrypenguin

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    Precisely my concern. (bolded is mine). It adds doubt in my mind, and that was precisely what I (and all of us) paid for which is to reduce the amount of doubt I have when I encounter a real threat that I'll be fried.

    Now that you and others have mentioned you've seen this, I will try to repro and make a video. To me, it's clear that the triggering event is

    1) Jam mode on
    2) Switch to detect only mode
    3) Hit with LIDAR

    And we'll see what happens then.
     
  10. Patton250

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    Has this ever happened to you in testing? I know you do testing all the time just like me. I’ve hit my own car with lidar 1000 times and this is never happened. I wonder why it’s only doing it to you in the field.
     
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    angrypenguin Eat Lead Mothertrucker!! Advanced User Premium Member

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    In detection only mode? I don't believe most of us have tested in detection only mode?
     
  12. Andrew21

    Andrew21 "All Blade, All The Time" Administrator Advanced User Premium Member

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    I have mine in DLI mode when I know a LEO is in the area and just driving the PSL. Though he's hit me and then hit me and keeps that lidar on me till i pass him. Not sure why. Me and @PY004 were supposed to do some testing on this
     
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    Yes. Many times.
     
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    Interesting. My hypothesis on this then is the ALP enters some sort of weird loop when immediately switching to DLI only mode and then getting hit immediately after. I'll do some testing today and if I can repro it i'll take a video and Youtube it.
     
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    Keep in mind the last time I did it was before the latest firmware updates. Perhaps something has changed. I’ll try to do some testing this weekend myself. I was planning on doing a range test anyway on the DSP and R3 versus the max 360c
     
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    When mine did it, it was in the active jamming profile during my testing I was doing.
     
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    Holy **** now THAT is scary!!
     
  18. angrypenguin

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    Here's another thing to think about.

    Let's assume I had connected this to the RCM. How would I ever have known my ALP took a royal dump as I wouldn't be able to hear the tones.

    That worries me too.
     
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    hammerdown No half measures.... Advanced User

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    TBH, I dont touch my ALP. Its JTG in testing, its fuctioning fine far as I can tell. I let the GPS switch it in and out of LID mode, I just make sure I have a blue light. If I come across a lidar trap I know about, im not taking it out of defense mode. Ill just hover my finger over the JTK button in case I take a hit. I found when setting mine up that it can get finicky when you start screwing with it, so the less hands on the better IMHO.

    I agree for the $$$ we are paying, while its a great system, it should be less moody.
     
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  20. angrypenguin

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    Interesting. I was not aware it gets finicky when I start screwing with it until yesterday and I certainly did not know you or others have seen that behavior before so I certainly don't regret ranting about it as I thought about whether or not I should, so no regrets there.

    The main reason I change it to defense only mode is because CMs are banned here, and thus I figure minimizing any potential alerts that inform a cop that I'm jamming them is good - but then again if I JTK in 0.1 of a second it shouldn't matter.

    Good to know though. All of this was news to me.
     
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