Dave Pursel

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About Dave Pursel

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    LakeVictoriaLights.com

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Lake Victoria, Laingsburg, Mi
  • Occupation
    Christmas Light Installer

More About Me

  • Interests
    Anything relating to computer and electronics such that I won't electocute myself or others!
  • How I learned about Light-O-Rama -
    search engine
  • Favorite Decorating Holiday?
    Duhhhhh!

LOR Software

  • LOR Software Version
    2.8.12
  • License Level
    Advanced
  1. Seems to me I've read something in the past about this be licensing related. I assume you had to install on your desktop. Did you enter your license info?
  2. Does anyone know the differences between V1.02 and V1.03 and V1.04 kits? Been searching but can't find any hits.
  3. Sorry to hear your still having issues after two years. Some food for thought. I don't use any cmb24d's. You said that the last "end" controller is your problem child. That would imply that the one prior to it is the problem child. Don't know if you've done any cable rerouting to make it the second, third, whatever as a means of testing. You've never said anything about cable length between controllers? This is RS485. Since it appears the problem occurs when you plug in a cmb254d I'm wondering if voltage is being sucked down by the cmb24d??? Another fact that you've stated is that it works fine with HU controlling ALL of the controllers. When running a show your going to be pushing a heck of a lot more data out to the controllers via those cables. What speed are you running your network at? And as others have discussed on these forums, which I've questioned, is there the possibility of interference (impedence issues?) if the cables are run near power cables. Hope this adds some food for thought.
  4. Since no one has helped yet I'll give you some things to consider. I do use a director instead of a pc so my experience is limited in this respect. I'm assuming this stoppage on the second pass is consistent. In other words if you shutdown your computer. Restart it and your show fails everytime it gets into the second pass? My thoughts are your pc is the issue. Don't know what os and lightorama versions your running so I don't know if there are any memory leaks contributing. I can't help but wonder what's running on your pc at the same time your show is running. Do you have any scheduled tasks that may be running, or other programs that are consuming memory or cycles such that the culprit is the computer. It's my opinion that a controller can't be causing this. You may want to turn off wifi if your using it in case some kind of communication is occuring causing a computer slow down. You can start up task manager and verify some of these possibilities by clicking on the performance tab and observing the graphs for high spikes while the show is running. Hopefully others with more experience using the pc to control your display will chime in.
  5. And you Don, my friend that I've never met in person, are partly the reason why. For without the brains and experience guys like you bring to the party, guys like me wouldn't be buying more controllers.
  6. Just what I need - two more controllers. Does this ever end???
  7. Hi Sarge. I'm pm'ing you too. Also, your the only one on this forum who's identified himself as one who's spent his career defending our country. Thank You for that. Dave
  8. Excerpts from the FAQ page at this link - http://www.faq.gov/uas/registration/faqs Q. Where do I go to register? A. on faa.gov beginning December 21, 2015 Q. When must I register? A. You must register prior to operating the UAS outdoors. Q. When will I be able to register on this UAS website? A. WIll be available starting December 21, 2015. Q. May I operate my UAS once I register? A. Completion of registration does not provide authorization to operate your UAS. Typical nightmare!
  9. I can't believe it. I just went out there to pass out more canes. This van full just drove up. They just came from Ithica just to see the lights. It's 55 miles away!!!
  10. Here's what I'm using. Has a couple of issues though. 1st during observations of those walking up to put money into the cane. They can't seem to locate the slot. I even have a flashing strobe light inside that blinks 100% of the time. I've even found money in my mailbox on more than one occasion. So I plan on putting some kinda of signage that says "Insert Money Here". Possibly a chute also. That way people won't have to get out of their cars. Worried about people hiting it though. It's bolted to my mailbox 4x4 post. I can picture the whold thing on the ground. 2nd problem is that of loose change. So I take a pizza box out with me for which there is just enough clearence between the bottom of the cane and the ground. That way when I pull the locking plug out of the bottom, I don't have to pick up all of the loose change. Outside of that, it's the third year and it works pretty good.
  11. So is everyone else's show still on? I just checked the camera and I still have both sides of the street lined up with cars!
  12. FYI. By the way I'm posting with IE 11.0.1 Everyone should/need to know that any electronic failures (televisions, receivers, computers, etc, and LOR controllers are typically caused by excess heat. I have the large heat sinks in all but one of my controllers and I've only had 1 triac fail in the last 6 years. It's my believe that was caused by a short in one of my unfused C9 strings that had four strings connected together (about 6 amps total). You can't overload Triacs. You need to calculate/measure your current loads on all circuits if you want to help your controllers operate without trouble.
  13. I'm not trying to offend you Slick-Jerry. But based on your questions and responses you need to follow Tim and Kens advice. Until you have better electical knowledge. Buy a proper power supply for the controller your going to use. You don't want to let the smoke out of your controller by experimenting. I'm not made of money either and it isn't easy trying to keep the cost down. It would be possible to add a bridge rectifier on to the Malibu to convert it to DC if that's what this board requires, but your trying to turn a mole hill into a mountain. Not an easy way to go.
  14. I recommend and also started out with the Light-O-Rama basic starter package. Controller w/integrated MP3 director (so I don't have to dedicate a computer to the shows) Software License to create the sequences. Of course that was 7 years ago and I'm now up to 15 controllers. Nearly a mile of wire. You need to start small (learn how to walk before running) so as to learn the basics of sequencing and setup. As indicated in other post make sure you start early with your setup (October). I now do a small (three controllers) Halloween show which lets me get some of the setup (wiring and controllers) done in early october without having the house and yard look like Christmas (my wife will not tolerate Christmas decorations in the yard until about the second week of November, which makes it tough to get setup in time). And last but most IMPORTANT. Planning and documentation. It will help you the following year so you don't have to reinvent the wheel trying to remember where everything connects up to. Setup is faster. I label all my harnesses with labels. Use colored electrical tape to easily identify which color strands plug in where.
  15. Does this occur with the same song every time it runs? All songs? And with both controllers during the same song(s) every time it runs?