When programmed to run a Basic Reality Check, this device gives a Ship Status Report, which lists all of the ship's instrumentation in green alphanumeric code. The Codes are listed consecutively. Three lights show the status of the instrumentation: green for normal, yellow for standby, and red for malfunction. Malfunctioning parts are also denoted by a flashing text. Systems marked with a standby (yellow) notice should be examined as soon as possible. Malfunctioning systems (red) are partially or completely unusable. The Locator can also provide the operator with a printout. It takes about ten minutes for the Locator to display the status of every instrument on a TARDIS. Operators are cautioned that the Fault Locator can't pinpoint stuck switches or misaligned controls. The Fault Locator is found in the Fault Locator Room (Power Room #9), near the Secondary Control Room, though there is also a readout display under a flap on the console. To ensure reliability the Fault Locator operates on a completely different system and has its own power source. The Fault Locator is also used to activate Self-Repair Mode (see the next entry, Molecular Stabilizers).
The following color code is used:
- Black: For information from the TV Series, including Dimensions in Time, and 1996 TV Movie.
- Blue: For information from the Novels and Audios including Target, Virgin, BCC, and Big Finish.
- Green: For information from 'licensed' reference sources such as the Technical Manual, Doctor Who Magazine, and the Role Playing Games.
- Red: For information from unofficial sources -The Faction Paradox series, author's speculation, and popular fan belief.
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