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  1. Running all the cords

    I'm going to give a longer answer than you are expecting. Every time two wires get close to each other, there is interference from one to the other. How much interference there is and how much it affects one or the other varies greatly. The RS-485 spec allows for quite a bit of both cable length and number of devices on the network. Most of us are not running anywhere near as much of either. The spec also calls for 120 ohm termination on both ends of the cable run, but very few LOR users do that. Because our cable runs are far shorter than the max for the spec (4,000 feet), and having fewer devices than the max spec (32 devices), and are for the most part running at fairly low speed, we can get away with a lot of crappy wiring (that includes no terminations) and interference. This depends A LOT on how long your cable network is, and how fast your network is operating. In other words, what might work with 300 feet of cable running at 56K may not work with 3,000 feet of cable running at 1000K speed. The summary is that is no magic answer that will always work. Minimize the places where power and data run parallel to each other. As several people have stated, they "got away" with a poor wiring in their situation. That does not mean that you will. It also does not mean that you won't "get away" with it. Every installation is different. In my case, I have LOR networking running in the same conduit as telephone, computer network, and in a couple case small amounts of 12V DC power. However none of my three LOR networks have very many devices on them, and only one is running at 500K speed, and all are properly terminated.
  2. Cindy, You still are not really answering our questions. For example, what is a pix 2 controller? Using the drawing below as an example, we really are looking for this level of detail (not really a quote, but it made it easy to separate): Obviously I don't need things like the location of conduit boxes which are included in the drawing below. If you want our help, please answer our questions. Either Alan or I (and many others here) really will help you if we can, but you need to supply enough information that we can. As soon as we have to make assumptions, the possibility of errors goes way up. No, I don't expect you to make a drawing as detailed as I have above just to answer this question. But more than one line of text IS required.
  3. Only 11 of 16 Strings Working

    I'm going to echo what Alan said - DOCUMENT EVERYTHING! My spreadsheets are organized differently than Alan's, but the end result is that I know where everything is connected. I'm 58 as I type this and I fully admit that my memory ain't what it used to be. BTW, that does not only include networking and channel layout, but how props go together. For example, over this past weekend I was building a PVC framework that will hold GE Color Effects lights along the peak of my roofline. When taken apart, there are nine sections. Each has a P-touch label that defines what section it is in detail. For example, one label says "Segment 1 (South) <- South <-". That tells me that this is segment 1 which is the South end of the roof and South is to the left.
  4. Import and export

    I'm assuming that you are NOT using a S5 beta version (things change). Short answer is that yes, you use Visualizer to watch your entire show. The first step is to create a visualization file that has all of your lights. Once it is created, then put Visualizer into Preview mode (what looks like a play button). Start then LOR Control Panel. In Sequence Editor, on the Menu for Play, select "Control visualizer", and play the sequence. It should appear on the Visualizer.
  5. Cindy, we're not trying to be difficult here, but you're not telling us what you are running. Part of it is that you are abbreviating so much that we can't figure it out. For example, when you said "16 pix e1.31 controller", do you mean a PixCon16 in E1.31 mode, an AlphaPix 16 controller, a Sandevices E682, A Falcon controller, etc. Please tell us EXACTLY what you are running for controllers, and how EVERYTHING is connected. A sketch may help if it's complicated. You said you are running version 4.3 24, but what license level do you have? We really are trying to help you, but we're not mind readers. You've got to give us enough information to help.
  6. Change directory

    JR, Sounds like you need to run LORPost.exe to tell LOR where to find the files. As for allocating more space, am I gathering that both the C: drive and D: drive are actually the same physical drive, but formatted as two separate logical drives? I don't know anything specific about Win10, but at least in the past, in order to re-allocate space required re-formatting the drives. Obviously if it really is two physical drives, there is not much you can do about it other than a larger drive. BTW, it is quite common to have the C: drive be fairly small with just the operating system and applications on it, and the D: drive is the data drive where most of the files are stored. That is how my server is configured. C: is a pair of 120GB SSDs in a RAID-1 configuration, and D: is a pair of 1TB spinning disk drives in a RAID-1 configuration. Almost all of the data files are on the D: drive.
  7. Change directory

    Look in the LOR folder under Program Files for LORPost.exe and run it. That is the program that runs when you first install LOR on a computer. That will let you set where LOR looks for files. In my case, I have everything on my server and each computer has a mapped network drive of L:\ (which is really D:\Shared\LOR on the server).
  8. Are you trying to run sequences from the Sequence Editor, Pixel Editor, or the show player? I'm gathering it's one of the first two (most likely SE). Don't even bother trying to run a show from the Sequence Editor. That adds a lot of CPU horsepower requirements. The only thing that matters is how it controls the lights. Create a show and play it with the show player and watch the lights. If you really insist on playing sequences to the lights from the Sequence Editor, there are several steps that can be taken in SE to reduce the CPU load. Answer all of Alan's questions too.
  9. What do you mean by "sticking"? If you remove you USB to RS-485 adapter, the show can't run, so I'm confused by what you are describing?
  10. One Channel Always On

    Good guess on the cause. The LOR Help Desk can give you the part number (or likely several others here). They are very available from a number of sources. BTW, it's a Triac not a SCR.
  11. BTW, where did the original connectors corrode? I'm curious since I use three E682s for Christmas, and two E6804s year round.
  12. The ones that Mr. P referenced look right to me. If not, send an E-Mail to Jim at SanDevices. He can send you a part number that can be ordered from one of the electronic parts houses.
  13. 16 CCR Ribbon Tree SIZE

    I'm with Dennis on that one. You really want to use all 50 pixels - especially on purchased sequences. For what it's worth, my tree is 122.5 inches from the center of the bottom pixel to the center of the top pixel, but in my case I'm using square node pixels so I could build it any length that I wanted. http://www.newburghlights.org/pixel_tree.html
  14. So Cal Mini Get together

    Hope you can make it.
  15. Channel 9 not working

    You didn't say what type of controller. Most likely a failed Triac (if an AC controller) or MOSFET (if a DC controller). If you have the ability to solder in a replacement, I recall that LOR will either send you a replacement or send you the part number that can be ordered from one of several on-line parts houses. If you can't solder (or someone local to you can't do it for you), your only real option is to send it in to LOR for repair. Warning, that LOR is getting towards busy season and I believe that they may not have it back to you in time for Christmas setup.
  16. time delay at start of sequence

    Do you mean that either audio plays before the lights or the other way around, or do you mean that both the lights and audio are delayed (by the same amount)?
  17. How to convert 48 channel sequence to 32

    You should be able to do a copy and paste. If you REALLY can't, an alternative would be to edit the channel definitions of the original 48 channel sequence to match the 32 channels that you are actually going to use so that they match your channels. For the channels that you DON'T use, either change the Device Type to "(no device type selected)" or set them to unused channels (i.e., set them to controller ID 99 - or some other ID you are not using). However you REALLY should be able to do the copy and paste.
  18. So Cal Mini Get together

    9 days till we get together. I am expecting to have my Halloween setup operational by this time. I am more than happy to have people come over to my house (just a couple blocks from Round Table) either prior to the get together for a behinds the scenes tour of my year round landscape lighting and Halloween, and/or come over after the get together to see the lights in operation. If you do want to come over in advance, please let me know so I know who to expect and we can co-ordinate times...
  19. outdoor speakers

    +1 That is the speakers I have in my front yard. I have four of them. Each is driven by one channel of a 75 watt per channel stereo amplifier (two amps, so four outputs). The speakers have a cable that can be direct buried. I have that run into a PVC electrical box a foot or two away where the direct buried cable connects to traditional 14 AWG THHN that is in conduit back to the amps. It's a little hard to see in the photo, but there are five conduits out of the bottom of the 4x4x4 box. Several of them just stub into the ground about a foot. One of those has the direct buried cable to the speaker. Another one of the conduits goes to a box on my house and then another conduit to the two stereo amplifiers in my bedroom closet.
  20. General Foam Blow Molds

    Link, address, some way to contact them?
  21. Using a CTB16PC & CMB24D controller

    Running SuperStar will have no effect on the need to run two networks. You have devices that require operation at non-compatible speeds (the old CTB16PC only go to 115K speed and the Pixie requires 500K speed). Therefore, two networks are required. Either USB adapter will work on either enhanced or non-enhanced network, however the high speed (red) adapter is required for 500 or 1000K speed. BTW, since the price difference is only a few dollars, my standard advice is to only buy the high speed adapters (they will operate at any LOR speed).
  22. Not able to have display

    That sucks! I of course don't know the background story, but at least regarding your property in storage, I would suggest consulting a lawyer and/or you local law enforcement officials. Most likely, the landlord can't steal your stored property. Good luck...
  23. Integrating first Pixel Tree

    Your standard level license will control up to 8 controllers (or more specifically 8 controller IDs - which must be 01 - 08). The Pixel 8 controller requires 8 IDs itself, so you would need to control 10 controller IDs (2 for your existing controllers and 8 for the Pixie 8). Therefore, you would need to upgrade to either an Advanced or Pro level license. If you want to use Pixel Editor, you would need to upgrade to a Pro level license. If you elect to sequence the pixel tree only in SuperStar, you would need at least a 8_CCR level SuperStar license. To sequence your entire show in SuperStar, you would need at least a 16_CCR level SuperStar license. BTW, I sequence my entire show in SuperStar and highly recommend it. You can compare the features of the various LOR software level licenses on this page: http://www1.lightorama.com/sequencing-suite-software/
  24. Using a CTB16PC & CMB24D controller

    Both the CMB24D and CTB16PC will run on a non-enhanced network. The CMB24D will run on an enhanced network, but the CTB16PC (unless it's a G3 version) will not. Pixel Editor ONLY outputs intensity files which requires use of an enhanced network. The other issue you are going to run into is that the Pixie controllers requires 500K or 1000K speed, and your CTB16PC will not operate on either of those speeds (the CTB16PDG3 WILL operate on a 500K network). Your solution is to run two networks. One network will run at no more than 115K speed non-enhanced for use with your CTB16PC controllers, and a second network running at 500K speed enhanced for your CMB24D and Pixie controller. Since you said you are using Pixel Editor for the RGB stuff, and Sequence Editor for the strings controlled by the CTB16PC controllers, this should work out fine for you. You can take a look at this page to see what controllers work on what network speed and types: http://www1.lightorama.com/network-speeds/ Does all that make sense?
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