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  2. Open the sequence and click sequence at top of sequencer. Click on manage archived props. From there you can check each one that you want and then click on add to preview. Those props will now be added to the preview
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  4. Ok guys, 4 years into LOR and running great till now. Need some expertise. Basically what is happening is a few nights ago for some reason my previews went wacko. I know your gonna say that I did something wrong, am I will admit if I did , but I have not changed anything that i can think of. Here's an example: When opening my existing sequences same ones I used last year, I get the warning box that pops up saying some of my props are in the sequence file but not in the preview. I have been adding to these sequences since February with no issues. Now this aint rocket science, and I have confirmed they are indeed in the preview, but it makes them go to "archive" and not show up in the sequence. I have included snip its below of the warning box and of my preview as well. You can see they are in the preview but they are being moved to archive. Maybe someone can help? LOR 5.3.6 Pro Version
  5. Thank you Jr and James , your generosity sharing your hard work is outstanding. THANK YOU !
  6. Would you please share a copy of this one with me. Jessenlisa@sbcglobal.net. Thank you James.
  7. I do my part: Anyone I talk to on the phone is told skip the black go for red and spend the $2 When we say black or red, we are talking about the small T-Shirt adapters, not the B/ISO ones. FYI: the ISO one CAN do 500K (and happens to be black). The B one can NOT. Read about it in boring detail here: http://www1.lightorama.com/network-speeds/ This is the one of the FEW things that Jim and I disagree on (wow. Not many of those!) Unless provided for on the adapter (like the B or ISO or Repeater), we do NOT recommend splitting the RS485 signal. Impedance mismatches will cause signal reflections causing all kinds of problems. In our adapters with 2 jacks, each jack is isolated from the other. You placing a Y connector will not isolate the 2 segments. You'll have an impedance mismatch/timing mismatch which could cause signal reflections from one side distorting the actual signal on the other. Now.... Can you do it? Yup. Will you have problems? Probably not - we use high quality transceivers which are pretty good at rejecting noise. But 'probably' is not 'never'. If you do end up with signal problems, one of the first things we are going to tell you is to make sure you don't have an Y's. Just as an FYI, here is our helpdesk response for troubleshooting network issues: What you are describing is probably not a problem with any particular controller, but a problem with your data network in general.The first thing to do is move a particularly troublesome controller to the end of the string of controllers and then try both RJ45 jacks. You can also run a phone line between the second to the last and this controller and use the RJ11s and see if this helps.If you still have issues the most likely cause is going to be a problem on your data network SOMEWHERE -- not just near this troublesome controller.The nature of RS485 communications can mean a problem with a cable or other interference is actually anywhere on the network, not just between 2 controllers that exhibit symptoms. It is important to remember this while working through some of the suggestions below. A problem that is actually between controllers 2 and 3 can appear between controllers 12 and 13. We must stress again -- It is very important that you remember this fact while troubleshooting.There could be multiple issues with your network, and that finding the problem is a matter of trial and error. The first and easiest thing to check is to make sure NONE of your data cables are running parallel or near any electrical cords. Data cables should never be bundled with power lines, or cords going out to your lights. If it is necessary to locate a data cable near an electrical line, be sure they cross at a 90 degree angle or they are kept at least 12-18" away from each other (or more). Ensure your network is not physically too long. RS485 communications is good for a MAXIMUM of 4000' at 19.2K in IDEAL conditions. In real life distances can be much shorter. Higher speeds are more likely to have issues, but you should still be able to go many hundreds of feet. If you are starting to bump close to the 600-700 foot range using higher speeds (above 57.6k), you may want to consider an RS485 repeater or splitting your network onto 2 or more USB adapters (see below). A single RS485 network should NOT have any Ys or other splitters. RS485 should be strictly POINT TO POINT. If you are using a splitter or other device (with the exception of an active RS485 Topology Extender/Repeater), you need to remove them. You can NOT use both RJ45s and the RJ11 of a controller at the same time. You may need to add a 'terminator' to the end of your controllers. Data reflections can occur at the end of the RS485 data line causing data to be corrupted anywhere along the chain of controllers. If you have a new Pixie controller (one that has dip switches), we recommend you place that controller at the END of the line and then place a jumper on JP4. If not, you can create your own terminator. To build your own terminator, use a 1/4 w 120 ohm resistor and place it between pins 4 and 5 of an RJ45 jack. Start replacing the data lines between the controllers, starting with the one from the USB adapter to the first controller. A cheap CAT5 cable tester can help identify cables that have broken wires/bad connectors, but is mostly useless for testing marginal data networks. A marginal cable can test just fine with one of these testers, but have too much internal resistance/impedance which renders RS485 communications unstable further down the line. You may find that on some days you have no issues at all, but on others you experience many. You may also find that during a show things start to work better, or get worse. All of this is the nature of RS485. Temperature and humidity changes do have an affect on RS485. If you have a marginal network already, a small weather change is all it may take to go from working to not. If you find that none of these suggestions help, you may be in an electrically noisy environment. Depending on the complexity of your sequences, you may wish to go into the Network Configuration and reduce the speed of your network. The slower the network speed, the more resilient it is to noise. However, slower communications speeds may impact your sequences. In general, you should use the slowest speed that correctly renders your most complex sequence.The last step is to break the network into 2 or more parts. Data cables can actually become large antennas for electrical noise. The more antenna there is out there for a network, the more susceptible it is to picking up electrical noise. The LOR Advanced software and above can run 16 separate data networks. By splitting your controllers into 2 or more networks, you reduce the run length and increase noise suppression. For each new network, you would purchase a new USB RS485 adapter, and then assign the adapter to a new network (AUX-A through AUX-O are available). Move some of your controllers physically onto this new network and then update your sequences so that the channels point to the correct network.
  8. Thanks for the rapid and helpful responses. Seems like this would have come up before, but I did not see it addressed in the last couple years of posts. I do now see the paragraph on color order in the manual, but it is interesting that the couple page instruction sheet on connecting the pixels to the controller did not mention the need to set color order. Live and learn.
  9. Can I get a copy also. Thanks. richard19@gt.rr.com
  10. Can I get a copy also. Thanks. richard19@gt.rr.com
  11. Can I get a copy also. Thanks. richard19@gt.rr.com
  12. May I have copy also JR. Thanks richard19@gt.rr.com
  13. This thread reminded me that I need to change out my pixel nodes on my spider webb. When I put the nodes on I used old strings and used one of my pixie16's that I had different color order strings on my circles. LOL , just to dang lazy for a couple years to do it. There are a lot of zip ties. I imagine I will be reminded again next year. JR
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