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  1. Remember in S5, there are XML files in /commondata that need to be backed up. In particular, Preview.
  2. Forgot to add, I also use those childproof caps in every unused channel dangle on my controllers as well. Before I did, if they were a little closer to the ground than I thought, they would get mud and even dry dirt blown up into the channel dangle. So cap off all unused channel dangle connections with those childproof caps as well. You'll be glad you did!
  3. adding to all of the above. (I use the Childproof In every unused (stacking too) connector. Dome up (make it so) Buy the big bag of them at Amazon, cheap $4 120V string will use 2:on the stack and on the far end) Keep the controller Vertical AND those downward facing connections, above the 'splash zone' (~18" if the side of the mud splashes on the siding are a clue ) Help the water to leak out fast, by NOT creating bad places to collect.
  4. I use those child proof outlet caps on every single exposed connection {male/female pass through on light strands, unused extension cord ends, like the triple taps, all mine get those outlet covers. I also painted all my outlet covers flat black as the ones I got were all white and reflected light, so they were quite noticeable. 1 can of flat black spray paint painted well over 300+ covers. You only need to paint the backs, not the prong side that plugs into the exposed female outlet opening. Been using mine for years, even had one that ended up underwater in a puddle one year, it was about one foot under water! And the child-proof outlet cover kept the water out and the connection completely dry inside. I highly recommend them, they DO WORK! EDIT: Almost forgot this tip: Where the cat5 enters the Controller boxes, get some of the grey foam pipe covering, comes in about 6 foot lengths and is actually very inexpensive, around $2-$3. I cut this down and I push it around the cat5 cable where it enters the controllers, I put it inside at the top area where it comes out next to the PC Board as well. This keeps creepy crawlies and lizards out of your controllers. A slimy, wet lizard or small frog can actually short and cause damage to a controller. So I've been using this method with my AC {CTB16PC} Controllers for years. All my RGB Controllers don;'t need it because they use a different {and better} type rubber inset that prevents this. But the CTB16PC controllers, I also highly recommend doing this. It will also keep hornets and wasps out from building a nest inside your controllers. I recall someone here this happened to, wasps or hornets had built a nest inside their controller. The foam will keep them out. It's just a small diameter foam, for smaller PVC water line pipe like you find in your attic. I think it's 1/2" or 3/4". Either size will work as long as you squeeze it tightly around the cat5 cable and into the openings where it enters through the bottom and exits from inside the controller.
  5. I've been running my shows for years, and got the DO NOT TAPE YOUR PLUGS thread early on. I've never had a problem leaving them untaped and the weather here in November/December can be pretty wild. I have yet (knock on wood) to experience an issue doing this. All my controllers have the rubber insert and I hang them up off the ground with some PVC stands I built myself, but I'm anal and put a tarp over them spreading it out and staking it down, but leave the sides partly open so everything can "breathe".
  6. Do not tape extension cord ends will keep water in them won't dry out tried some after rain the ones not tape dry the ones taped were wet when it gets cold tap ones will hold moisture in
  7. My friend JR doesn’t make mistakes. Got your back buddy.
  8. Well done. Looks amazing. I'm expanding to 96 channels of dumb strings this year. I think I will get into RGB next year.
  9. Standalone you can load a automation sequence directly into the flood and it will play the sequence when plugged in. There is no need for a computer or director to run the sequence.
  10. Do the same I just asked of dibblejr. You can tell the router to block access to your machine and then turn that back on when you need it. If you tell me company/model of your router I'll try and write up something for it.
  11. Why not just turn off the wifi on your show computer and make sure it isn't connected to the internet? This is what I do when I move from programming mode to show mode so it never even gets updates. Or are you trying to keep the two machines in sync with Windows? Sure, it'll have a lot of updates to do when you turn wifi back on in January, but hey, it's January.
  12. FYI- you do not need S5 to run pixels. Im running S4 and have a plethora of pixels and use 13-14 networks. No problems Unless I fall and hit my head or LOR fully shuts down the previous versions I don’t plan on running S5. JR
  13. I don't use Superstar, so take this with a grain of salt. I would think you could remove the motion row, then do your superstar thing, without it. Then sequence your AC props old school. You might have to remove the AC props from the Entire House group. I have old controllers on an old network alongside my E1.31 stuff, and I have seen that message when I tried to apply a motion effect to my LOR floods. I removed the floods motion row from my whole house group and never saw it again. Back up everything if you try to do this.
  14. Your AC controller can't do Enhanced or High Speed (ELOR) networking. Neither can the adaptor, and it doesn't matter. You do not need to put motion effects on those AC channels, just sequence them like you always have. Somewhere in your grid you have a motion row for your AC props with a motion effect in it. Just delete the motion effect or the motion row and the warning will go away. Motion rows are the ones with a delta symbol next to them.
  15. If your AC controllers are older, or you don't have a high speed USB adaptor, you can't apply motion effects to those controllers. Just delete the motion effect for those conventional channels and sequence them normally. The E1.31 stuff is fine. If you have new AC controllers a red High Speed adapter will allow motion effects on the AC lights. If you have both, then you will need to turn on Enhanced network ELOR to allow motion effects. Motion effects are most effective on pixels anyway.
  16. I asked once before what build of W10 you are on. If that were my machine I would do a format and clean install of the current build, by downloading the MS media creation tool. You could try a repair install first, before totally nuking it. I still maintain that a complete rebuild every year or two cleans a lot of crud out of the installation.
  17. I use Blackwebb 7 port USB hubs. Available at Walmart. Never a problem. I use 2 and I have one for a spare but fortunately never had to use it. Ensure to write the comm port and network on the adapter, makes it easier during setup JR
  18. Any USB hub should be backwards compatible. Get a self powered one. Each adaptor will consume one com port, and each adaptor will be assigned to it's own network. You will need to change your network preferences in S4, and change your sequence config, export it, then import into each sequence.
  19. What could possibly go wrong...........
  20. I zip and upload all my sequences into the cloud each year on Onedrive. It helped a lot this year as when my daughter and son-in-law decided to do it I could pull back down my old 32 channel sequences and retro-fit them to match their yard layout. I also have them on the laptop zipped and on a USB stick zipped. Can one be over-careful?
  21. Refurbs 👍 (I got My Dell Optiplex via Walmart. Extra RAM, Pro W7 and 1T) Desktops have the added advantage of usually having open PCIe slots. Just drop a USB board into them. Watch out tho. Low profile (AKA Half height) slots. Make sure your chosen USB board is compatible. Power connectors . USB3 use extra power. Make sure your USB board has the same type (they use extra disc drive power plugs) The New Dell I got for my spouse at Walmart had NO spare power . (I needed a Y )
  22. Does your solenoid have a catch diode. That would make it polarity sensitive (the diode is normally back biased) The purpose is to grab the spike when you turn the power OFF. White Stripe to minus (the port #) If it did not have one, you may have fried something on the board
  23. So sorry to hear that happened to you. I learned this lesson long ago. So now I protect my sequencing efforts by never going to California! There are many free download sites to be found. If you are looking for a gem that is hard to find you could say the type and number of controllers.
  24. It gets confusing and is easy to forget. I always find myself referring the charts in the back of the manuals.
  25. The actual numbering would be: Pixie8 = Unit IDs 1-8 Flood1 = UnitID 9 Flood 2 = UnitID 0A Flood 3 = UnitID 0B Flood 4 UnitID 0C Pixie16 = UnitIDs 0D-1C CCCII = UnitID 1D
  26. Of course right after I posted that, I found it.
  27. You could also open the main track in Audacity and then mix the sound affect into it then save it as your main file.
  28. Not in the same sequence, unless as I said above, you edit the audio. You might be able to play a second sequence as a background, but it would require careful timing, and the channels used could not be in both sequences.
  29. I have one edit it 2.46 long
  30. One other thing. If you copy a grouped set of channels from the master track to another, be sure to DEGROUP them in the target track before moving them around, then regroup them in your new configuration. If you do not degroup, the channels in the original track will move too, which is probably not what you want. It is a glitch in S4.
  31. By dumb controller I take it you are talking CMB24D? The CMB24D has its ID set with the dip switches on the controller and NOT the HU.
  32. Yes, all your channels will be in your master track. Your following tracks can be any or all from your master and you can configure them in any order without it affecting the master. Example: Track 1 can be for arches in any order you want to put them. Track 2 can be trees and so on. Any sequencing you do in the tracks will reflect in the master. Tracks make it easier to arrange channels so it is easier to sequence without screwing up the master track. Remember that you always add channels to the bottom of the master but in tracks you can put them anywhere.
  33. Tracks in S4 have nothing to do with music. If you want to add a sound effect to a sequence, you will need to edit the song file to add the effect where you want it. You could do something like that in Audacity. Tracks and groups are both methods of organising channels to make sequencing easier. They both have a similar function but have slightly different characteristics. Tracks can contain groups but groups can't be subdivided into tracks. Each track can have it's own timing grid, so you can organize your timings for different effects. Tracks appeared in the software early in its development, groups, are a somewhat more recent addition. I have about 15 tracks, for different effects in my pixels, and most of them contain groups of pixels to make life easier.
  34. Well here it is. I had to add 8 more floods to the roof today. It was just missing something. I have Christmas planned and working on sequences. Honestly I kind of threw Halloween together this year as I have been working 50+ hours a week and not getting home til late. But needless to say my new neighborhood loves it and this was one of the highlights. Please pardon the crickets and noise. This was a cell phone video just to show the floods.
  35. I felt the same way at first. Until while testing the tree one time in the summer and the neighbors posted on the community page that they were wondering what was going on. I told myself it was testing for Christmas. The tree doesn't have a star for Halloween. For the arches I replaced them with circles and people love them for Halloween and Christmas. Its a win win. Put the ccr tree, circles and matrix up for Halloween and don't have to set them up at Christmas. JR
  36. Materials https://pix.sfly.com/3Mbtwe https://pix.sfly.com/8RcvMa https://pix.sfly.com/hbMoYg https://pix.sfly.com/Xxx7qz https://pix.sfly.com/T_6Goc Since edit button is gone here are the pictured included is the step number. 1) Picture showing line on vise. This ensured all ends were flattened in the same spot. Also pic of flattened conduit https://pix.sfly.com/Qk1cd7 https://pix.sfly.com/znpKrH https://pix.sfly.com/3eJX1T 2 - 6) Showing me setup or top tree emt conduit mount https://pix.sfly.com/haoWXD https://pix.sfly.com/Nbn2oX https://pix.sfly.com/ZWU0AH https://pix.sfly.com/OAy8Dj 7) Hole in conduit to attach to hooks https://pix.sfly.com/gX45BJ 10-18) https://pix.sfly.com/QyARtX Spacing at center cross brace https://pix.sfly.com/bhd48i Finished https://pix.sfly.com/Bp6Vsj CCR's added https://pix.sfly.com/gXmPUA
  37. Good, thanks. Trying to keep within the CFO's(wife's) budget :-) I'll get the pixels next year.
  38. I don’t think I have enjoyed any version of Windows since SE. I def don’t think one company should capitalize the market and get embedded in every aspect of our lives. Forced updates even though most updates these days prevent problems. Today my show computer has no lights, everything was working last night. During the preview it had serious lag, never seen my Alienware computer act like this. Looked down on system tray and had a message “computer needs to be restarted to install updates”. Lo and behold updates installed s all worked. JR
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