Gary Levelius

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About Gary Levelius

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    Carson Williams Wizards In Winter way back in 2005 :)
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  1. That's a limitation that DevMike has referred to before and is with the hardware utility. I think he mentioned that the new version (S5, when it comes out) is supposed to have a much better test facility than S4 currently has.
  2. Well, hopefully the new firmware will be available soon as will a way to update the bootloader on the Pixie's which is why they couldn't get them to accept updated firmware. Once the Pixies are updated, they can behave just like the CCR ribbons, using all the macro channels available (7 I think). Without the update, you'd program them just as you do normal pixels (3 channels, or 1 RGB channel) per pixel. Resolution would then be set on the Pixie configuration page.
  3. Only way to really test individual channels is to use the Pixel Console, click the CCR/CCP/Pixie radio button, select the unit Id for the port you want to test and use the sliders to manipulate each string.
  4. One little side note. The Pixie4, Pixie8 and Pixie16 as they originally shipped (v1.01) will NOT emulate the CCR's as the book says they will. The original software (v1.01) skipped the emulation to enable shipment of the units (time constraints). A new software (firmware) version is in development which will enable ALL the features that the Pixie controllers are designed for. -Gary-
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  6. Sounds like the file wasn't registered in the system registry. The upgrade you did fixed the problem by registering that file. This happens from time to time. I had the same thing happen a while back. Another solution would have been to totally uninstall and run the registry wipe utility from LOR which clears out any left over pieces. Sometimes those left over pieces can cause havoc too -Gary-
  7. Steve, just a heads up. The problem with loading the new firmware via the hardware utility turned out to be a problem with the bootloader on the chip. The board I'll be getting will be at v1.02 still but with the fixed bootloader. All I have to do is the request the beta software version and upload it to the Pixie with the hardware utility as normal.
  8. I just submitted a help ticket. We'll see what happens I'd really love to test out this new version. I have a number of CCR sequences that I could modify to test as many of the macros as possible.
  9. Is there a best way to contact them about this? I sent John a message but when he sees it is anyones guess...:)
  10. I did indeed see that. I have a number of sequences that use the macro channels so I could certainly help. I got nothing else to do this spring
  11. Yeah, most people running 16 strings go with the PixCon16 instead. I wanted the Pixie update to use the CCR macro functions and to be able to run multiple arches on just one controller as well as use any string of pixels the Pixie supports without being limited to the 6803 chipset.
  12. Giving this a bump, hoping for an answer.
  13. Just wondered what the latest time frame is for the firmware updates for the Pixie controllers to handle the macro channels? -Gary-
  14. In this case, George is right. I also use the same method he does and it works flawlessly. I use these type of connectors where I work and they ALWAYS pinch the wire towards the screw. I have yet to see one that works the other way. If I have questions, I find out from the supplier data sheets as to how they are to be used. The problems you had may have resulted from not enough wire stripped to go far enough into the connector. I always allow a quarter inch and trim if needed. -Gary-
  15. A possible option is to bring power directly to the nodes and tie only the ground, clock and data lines to the Pixie. You'd need to provide your own fuse (an inline auto fuse holder works well) in this case. -Gary-