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Hi, I just bought a used Schwinn 418 elliptical, suposedly the computer needs replaced. When I plug the adapter I imidiatly get a display of "Error 1". The machine seams to function very smoothly at a moderate tension. I have looked at previous reponses on this site to this and found two contraticting answers, one suggests a cabeling/electrical or computer problem, the other a step by step on how to "unstick" the servo. Before I start taking things appart or just ordering a new computer, any advise how to narrow down the possiblities? Thanks.

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  • sjmcgrady Aug 03, 2010

    Is there a list of possible issues Error 1 would address? Taking the machine to a repair shop is not a good option, I bought it used and it is big and difficult to transport. Any suggestions on what I could try to maybe at least eliminate some possiblities? I was planning on just ordering a new computer, because that is what the seller told me was wrong, but now I am worried that it may not have been the truth and I will end up purchasing a computer and end up with the same problem.

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This is definitely the problem with cabling structure... becase the computer detects there  is an error1... it clearly says that the computer is working fine only thing is it is not able  to detect the device connecte to it... so check with the cabling structure before buying a new one...

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  • sjmcgrady Aug 04, 2010

    that does make sense, I suppose we will have to try and fiddle with it, maybe we can figure something out. Thanks.

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Hello. I recommend that you take it into a Schwinn dealer for a free estimate. The problem with repairing these things is that it is so easy to put money into a repair part that is not necessary. Since I used to consult with these shops, I can tell you that they often replace the suspect part to see if that is the fix and if it is not they replace the new with the old and keep eliminating suspect parts. This is the luxury you do not have at home as most times once you purchase any electronic component you can not return it. J.

Posted on Aug 01, 2010

  • sjmcgrady Aug 02, 2010

    Well, taking it to an expert is easier said than done, it's not exactly something that can fit into my cartrunk. Also, do you have a recomendation of where to get a "free" estimate?

    Is there any list of issues that "Error 1" indicates? What's the purpose of an error code if it dosn't mean anything.

    Now I'm frustrated, I may have made a bad decision purchasing this after all, sigh...

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