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How to reset clock Honeywell vista 10P  alarm ssytem

Posted on 2014-04-03
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Our alaram system lost it's time after a recent long power outage. No it arms itself at 5 in the afternoon. I need to reset the clock.

I have tried following the instructions in the manual on the Honeywell site:

type  X X X X (master code) + # + 6 + 3 but nothing happens.

This alarm is not monitored so to get the installer to reset it would cost $95. Is there any reason we should not be able to do this ourselves?

The problem is although I have a security code I'm not sure if it is the Master Code
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hmmm... if you lost the Time, it probably reset back to the Default Master.
Try 4112 (pg 3-4,of the manual I read).

http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/106120321?access_key=key-16boqhavfje2dzqhr59r&allow_share=true&escape=false&view_mode=scroll
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Well, that didn't work. Although it lost Time it does remember the some security codes (maybe they are the "sub" codes in the hierarchy). The manual I read said the default master was 1234 (see attached page 30). 4112 is the default installer code On the level of hierarchy the installer code is the highest, higher than the master code and the user code (which I have) is the lowest. Anyway it looks like both of the highest have been changed to non-default values because I have tried both.
Vista-10P-User-Guide.PDF
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>> ...it does remember the some security codes...

Bummer.
Yeah, I remembered that I forgot to ask if it completely cleared, or if some settings stayed, awhile after I posted. some days I really miss my mind

I hate to suggest it, but assuming some kind of battery backup, all I can think of is to pull the battery and plug, do a complete Reset, and then reprogram it.

Give it a day, and see if somebody else has a bright idea.
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Thanks a lot for your help so far. Let us wait.
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What alarmMan (installer company) said and what I read on the internet are two different things. They said you have to have an external keypad to program the Vista the control unit. They said that is the reason that they have to come out and do it. What I read on the internet is that that is not absolutely true. You can program the Vista control unit with the keypad that we already have installed on the wall, Model 6150. But you can't program the advanced features very easily because you could easily get lost in the menus because the display does not display the sub menus see this link. For a full explanation. The problem is that if I do a hard reset and reprogram with the keypad we already have then I will have to do the advanced programming that you can't do with that type of keypad.  


Or will I? It looks from this manual. Page 3-4,  That POWERING UP the unit and pressing the * and # keys pressed can enter programming mode. But will this reset everything to default values? Can you tell from looking at it?


But if they would give me the master code then I could simply reset the time because that's not advanced programming. But they won't do that because they're convinced that it requires an external keypad which by conservative estimation is true. See also in the attached link that a keypad capable of doing the job cost is $85. If we brought that at least we would have some hardware for the money.
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>> ...they're convinced that it requires an external keypad...

Yes, I saw that noted in several places. It's hard to tell if it is needed just for the "initial" setup, or if you need it to reset the clock, also.

Not having played with a Honeywell alarm system, I honestly can't say one way or the other.

>> ...and pressing the * and # keys pressed can enter programming mode...

Looks that way, but then you probably will need the correct keypad.

>> If we brought that at least we would have some hardware for the money.

You're asking a diehard hardware junkie that question?
Of course I'm going to say "Buy It !"    : D
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Ok, we have ordered the 6160V keypad. It will be here by the end of the week. Should I keep the question open until I make sure it works?
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sure, why not. I'm curious as to how it goes.

Even if you wind up Deleting this, I will have learned something.      ; )
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Keeping the questions alive: In a few more days I should have the part...
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Worked like a charm. I didn't even have to reset or reprogram it. Just hooked up the new keypad, pressed 5 buttons and that was it.
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SWEET!  
And thanks for the Points.   : )
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