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  1. Sorry, it's version 4.2.10, got a little dyslexic there. The message has been replaced by Chinese (I know that's a bug in 4.2.10, but haven't upgraded yet) so I can't tell you 'exactly' what the message said. From memory, it's 'Error loading sequence......' big path name. No additional codes or messages, just the word Error. That may not be exact, so I'm not sure what else to say at this point. The last time it happened was a specific sequence at 1:30 AM, so I won't know until later tonight. If it happens, I'll write down verbatim what the message is. The times that this happened before, the solution was to go into Sequence Editor, edit 'something' and undo it, and save the sequence. Then it would work. That doesn't 'always' work, sometimes I have to do it multiple times.
  2. After upgrading the software this year (2.4.10 at this point), I have a few sequences that play just fine in the Sequence Editor, but fail to load automatically with the automatic show player. Usually, I just re-save the sequence, and this seems to fix the problem. I'm not getting any errors reported from the Verifier (that are 'real' problems anyway). I'm also using a brand new machine running Windows 10 this year (last year was an old Vista machine from prehistoric times). Anyone else see this problem?
  3. A quick question... is there any output protection on the triacs (true RC snubber for example)? From what I remember in the older 1602's, there wasn't really anything like that. You wouldn't think there's much of an inductive load with (in my case) LED strings, but I've never really set out to measure it either.
  4. It's been a while for this post, but I thought I'd throw in my experiences. Right now I have 76 LOR 1602's, old generation, G3's etc. I keep 10 extra LOR units (86 total) on hand for spares, as I typically lose a unit for some reason about every 4 days or so. My display is completely LED, by the way. 1. Most failures (I'd guess 80%) are blown triacs, and are usually on parts of the display that have no more than 4 strings connected together. They fail in the 'always on' state. 2. In ALL cases, the failure occurred sometime between the show shut down and startup the next day. That is, it was working fine right as the show ended (midnight), and the triac was blown when the show started up at 6:00 PM the next day. 3. I fix many of the triacs myself, but I send some back to LOR for repair. Kinda depends on my mood. 4. I'd LOVE a socketed triac implementation, if that is ever possible in the future. 5. For some reason, my G3 units have a much higher incidence of triac failures than the older units. I have about 8 G3 units, and all others are the older versions. So far this year (since Nov 28th), I've had 17 triacs blown/replaced, and all but one were in the G3 units.
  5. I'll have to check that out, since it happened again tonight! Third night in a row that this one box has caused a complete dead short in an LED strand. It has to be happening in the LED warts, I just can't figure out how.
  6. No, these are all mega tree strands that are about 40 feet above ground. No visible damage to the strands whatsoever. It's blowing my mind why they'd all be tied to one half of a 1602W.
  7. This is the third night in a row that I've had a strand of lights 'dead short', blowing the fuses in the strand. These are LED strands, and of course, I've had failures in the past, but they're usually just total failures. The weird thing is that these strands are all restricted to one LOR 1602W, channels 3, 6 and 8! Now, I have about 72 LOR 1602's spread all over the place. What are the odds that I coincidentally have dead shorts on the lower 8 channels of one box? But I can't wrap my head around any failure mode of a box that could cause a 'short' condition. Any ideas? Or is it just gremlins? Chuck
  8. I know you said you tried it with/without snubbers/terminators, but did you use them on EVERY channel in the box? In my early terminator investigations, I found that unless I terminated virtually every channel, as well as nearby box channels, I could get kickback that would flash random channels. I'd be curious if you terminated every channel on one of the boxes, and ran it entirely alone (no other boxes) if you still see the problem. I found that I could cause channels on other units up to 20 feet away to briefly flash with one or two unterminated channels.
  9. Hey Brad, just noticed this year that quite a few of my 'new' G3 units were having similar problems. Checking with the hardware utility, I found out they were running 1.05 firmware. Upgraded to the later (1.11) and all problems fixed. Not sure if this is your situation, but apparently the 1.05 stuff had some severe fading bugs. This is related to my recent post about the availability of firmware release notes. Without them, it was just a shot in the dark that fortunately worked for me.
  10. I've been having random strange occurrences with new V3 controllers, and am wondering if there are any firmware release notes stating what's new/fixed in each of the available versions of the firmware (V1.11, V1.08, V1.05). The latest is a periodic 'flash all channels' even when shows aren't running. This happens perhaps once every 20 minutes or so, and is only about 1/50 of a second long (the LED's don't even get to full brightness it's so quick). Perhaps firmware isn't the problem, but it'd be nice to see what's in each release to know if a simple firmware update would fix the problem, without having to bother everyone here on the board. Thanks, Chuck
  11. chuckd

    Real mega tree

    All I can say is... 'Genie S65, The Stuff Dreams are Made Of....' Rent one and go crazy!
  12. From what I know, EVERYBODY got one of those emails, from the smallest displays I've seen all the way to the biggest.
  13. I have 63 1602's and four spares. In the past, my 1602 boxes have died this way: Three totally dead (no internal LED flashing, fuses fine, channels power up in an indeterminate state with some on and some off. Three lost certain channels (triacs blew out). Four had channel select dip-switch problems (couldn't be set to certain addresses). One flickered all channels erratically. This unit was delivered that way. Two were dragged across the yard by their network cables with a tractor. OK, that one was obviously my fault..... had to replace the RJ45 connectors in those. In addition to the four spares, I also keep the common parts on hand like triacs, RJ45 connectors, fuses, and dip switches so I can quickly fix things myself if possible.
  14. I have no idea why, but I actually posted the link to the 2009 videos and not the 2010. I've updated the previous post to reflect the correct link. Duh!
  15. I finally got around to updating the DownsFamilyChristmas video page for 2010, and put all the videos for this year together. http://www.downsfamilychristmas.com/videos%202010.html
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