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  2. The more that you can do in advance, the better. I did a major rebuild on my pixel tree last year. Took FAR more time than I expected. The result was that I did not have the pixel tree (the centerpiece of my show) up until the Monday before Thanksgiving and my Tune To pixel matrixes until four and a half hours before my opening night (the Friday after Thanksgiving). Two new props simply never got done at all.
  3. Pick a date. Then start about two weeks before that date as things are bound to go wrong. Ex: I picked Oct 15 to start last year. Well, it rained every friggin day it seemed like. Put me way behind and I never recovered. If I had started Oct 1 I think I would have been ok
  4. thanks, that is what i thought from the instructions but it wasn't working. One of the diagrams in the doc implied it might discover it. I shut everything down and tried again and this time it was successful. It also read the sequence I made with S5 and seems to be playing although it was a simple test sequence that just turned switches on and off. It isn't doing that at the moment. Hopefully, just another bump in the learning curve...
  5. You don't select the G3-MP3 as you would a controller - Open the HU - At the bottom of the HU window select firmware - Go to Step 1 and select MP3 Player radio button - Go to Step 2 and select the update file, location where you saved it on your computer - Go to Step 3 and press Download.
  6. Taken from http://www1.lightorama.com/Documents/G3-MP3_Man_Web.pdf Firmware Update: G3-MP3 This section describes how to update the G3-MP3 firmware for both the stand-alone unit and the unit built into the LOR1602MP3g3. You must have:  Hardware Utility version 2.3.4 or later, see the section Hardware Utility Version  No SD card in the G3-MP3  G3-MP3 should be displaying the time  The G3-MP3 powered (see the Power Input section) and connected to the PC via Net 1. Use a USB or serial adapter to connect the G3-MP3 to the PC. Do not use wireless. Get the latest firmware. www.lightorama.com ► Support ► Firmware. Note the name of the firmware file, G3-MP3-Vn_mm (n_mm is the version number) and save it on your PC in My Documents\Light-ORama\ Firmware. Start the LightORama Control Panel if it is not running by clicking start ► All Programs ► LightORama ► Light-O-Rama Control Panel. The Light-O-Rama light bulb icon will appear in the system tray on the lower right of your screen. Start the Hardware Utility by right-clicking the Light- O-Rama Control Panel light bulb and selecting Hardware Utility from the menu. Click the Firmware button in the LOR Control tab and you will see this window: In Step 3 – Press Download Button, click the Download button. The firmware download will start automatically. The Update progress bar will fill from left to right. When the new firmware is loaded, the Status will change to “Successful” and the G3-MP3 will reboot.
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  8. Since I am new to the forum, would this be a question I should pose as a support ticket or do they reply here?
  9. Great when it works like it’s supposed to.
  10. I was surprised how many people that stopped by filmed my show. But i guess that is what people do these days... I created a Facebook page to see how they look but no one posted to it. I did several on my own, adding the actual sound track later. Since recording outside just got too much background noise.
  11. Rodney Appreciate that, I sent you an email with my number, yes sounds good, I knew you live nearby but wasn't able to locate, Keith
  12. I am a newbie, in that i only got into doing the LOR options 2 years ago. I was really lucky the first year and got things setup in a couple of weeks. For regular lights, i started putting things out on Thanksgiving. This last year, I did a lot of prep work, making sure lights worked, and arranging some new songs, but didn't start putting up the show until Thanksgiving. Except that people knew about my lights from the year before were already driving by. I had to do a lot of quick work, and managed to get the show up and running in about a week but it took some long hours. Mind you, my display is spread across 2 acres so its not a 10 minute job (64 channels last year). This year I bought some additional equipment and i have at least already started planning. I also plan on starting on a lot of the outside work earlier this year to not have to do in quite such a rush. Stop by my facebook page and check it out https://www.facebook.com/Magnolia-Musical-Christmas-317089092476816
  13. Ok with the solid rod between my connection point where the two 10 foot section connect. The pipe did NOT break at the connector this year. First year ever it did not break. So, by putting the solid pipe inside where they connect did the job. We had gust of wind between 50-70 MPH. I am just taking down the tree now. So its been up for 5 months. LOL...
  14. I set up for Halloween. I put out my singing monsters and drummer, guitar player. Make things easier for me. I put my singing trees and guitar player dancing Santa in the same place as my Halloween displays. Hoping this year make it even easier. Instead of running 8 extension cords to each prop. I spent Money $$$ and bought 16 conductor cable and quick disconnection plug.. Put a plug on each display and run the one cable to each display instead of 8 extension cords. Make it easier to move displays around and clean up after season.
  15. My bad I am running windows 10. Like I said I was using the sequencer back in Feb or early march just fine. Not sure if it could be something with windows.
  16. Can I grab this copy? Mine somehow got all messed up and I dont even know where to begin fixing it. Anderson372008@gmail.com Thanks Mike
  17. It all started so simple, get a pixel tree when it was on sale. Of course, i had the prerequisite hardware although my G3-MP3 was old but matched exactly what was on the doc. As expected, I do need to update the firmware but that is where I am stuck. I have the USB dongle, and i can connect and control all of the controller and the pixie8 using it. However, in order to upgrade the firmware, it says to connect to the director. If i just use the network cable from the dongle, it does not power up. But i can get it power up by connecting it one of the controllers. But I do not see it in the hardware utility. if i do refresh, it doesn't show up. I go to the firmware tab, select MP3 device, and try to update it and it doesn't find it which i more or less expected since it doesn't show up from refresh either. I suspect i am missing something?
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  19. I was running 5.2.2 pro when it started. I tried uninstalling and then downloading my original LOR software then load 5.2.4 pro still doing the same. I am using windows on a Toshiba. I have been using LOR for year and have never seen this before.
  20. Your still thinking (like I did) old, Plug into the wall strings. I will just make those blinky 😕 Then you will see the benefit of (dumb) RGB. Wait, Hang once, Orange and purple for Halloween, Then Green and Red and White for Christmas, Red,White and Blue for the 4th Wait, If I go Smart, I can run chases around the yard/windows/roof line Seriously down hill once you start on this path
  21. Wife runs the facebook page where this was posted. I don't use facebook so I just saw this recently when she was on there. 😁
  22. Great job! It's always nice when someone else is touched enough to spend that much time filming your show. I like his foot notes too - like the sound is better than he's recording. Really nice tribute from your Headcase friend.... One of my most viewed songs was when a neighbor posted it. I was touched. But mostly - I do it for me - so if they video or not - I still have a good time.... 😎
  23. Well before actual setup begins, you need to sort out how much power you need, where to get it and how you are going to get it to your controllers.Similarly. where are your data runs exiting the house, and where do they need to go. I put my controllers close to their props, (even more important with pixels) to minimise the length of the multiple output cables, but it does mean longer primary power feeds. Buy a lot of three way AC taps, you'll need them.
  24. Here is part of my show that one of our viewers posted. Any recommendations for this year as I am always looking to change it up and of course I will be adding on. 😁 Windows for 2019 will be all pixels and adding more to roof. (You have to turn the volume on in the video)
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