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  1. I had no trouble applying the firmware. It was a year ago and do not recall exactly what I did. I am thinking I had assigned a fixed IP address to the board and then directly connected my computer to the device and used the network utility to find it and update as per the User Guide.
  2. This is the same issue I experienced last year at this time. I was told my board contained a bad firmware - 2.0.8 - and was provided new firmware. I was sent two versions and the HD response contained the following warning If you see 'MKII' or 'ECO' on your board, please use "PixCon16 MKII Firmware Showtime (S4)" If your board does not have MKII or ECO on it, use "PixCon16 Firmware Showtime (S4)" If you apply the wrong firmware to a board, the board will be bricked and you will need to recover it.
  3. My gripe with the Show Builder (the one to create SD cards) is that there is not a way to save the list of files that you recorded to the card. For example: If I create a show and then at a later point adjust a sequence or decide to add another sequence to the show I have to start all over building the show. One option would be for the Show Builder to have the ability to select and read a file that was created by the Show Editor. Even better would be for the Show Builder to be able to process Show Editor files and be able to save a file in that format.
  4. Look for weeksched.lsc and yearsched.lsc in your Light-O-Rama directory. They will be the directory above Audio, Sequences etc. That is where scheduling information is stored. Worst case, if you rename or remove them you can start over and recreate your schedule to eliminate any possibility of there being a remnant of an old show.
  5. Just to add another option. Sometimes LEDs don't like to play nice with the hot and neutral sides of AC Typically the plugs on them are not polarized so unplug the lights, rotate the plug 180 degrees and plug them back in. See if that helps.
  6. Really. The OP said "Thank you everyone, this was an issue with the card and some issues with my card writer. " I thanked the OP for reporting those facts. How is a firmware update in any way relevant to what I or the OP said?
  7. Help us help you. You need to provide more details, we are not there to see what you have done or what is happening. What did you plug the LAN cable to? What are the LEDs on the mini-director and controller doing? What is or isn't happening? Are the lights working? Is there sound?
  8. basis21b

    Do you need help?

    Here is an over simplified, speculative answer. On the board of the controllers is a microchip, in effect a tiny computer. There can be times when the program running in the chip can get corrupted. When that happens resetting the board clears that up. Similar to what happens when you find Windows has stopped working and you need to reboot your personal computer. The problem could come from power surges or stray voltage/static electricity. One possibility for stray voltage in a situation like this is a bad or shorted out socket on a controller. I would suggest using the hardware utility to see if you can get solid communication on both jacks on the controller that was wired in last. Check the controller previous to it to confirm all of the jacks are working. You will at least eliminate the possibility they introduced the problem. I would also check the boards to make sure some critter had not decided to take up residence.
  9. Repairing a broken RJ45 socket is not a difficult thing if you or someone you know can solder circuit boards. Another option is to send it to LOR for repair. If you create a help desk ticket they will give you pricing
  10. Thanks for the feedback on the solution. This adds to the knowledge base so others can be helped in the future.
  11. What ^^he^^ said. You will always find a use for them.
  12. That depends on the amount and type of lights you have connected to your controller. If you have LEDs you should be fine. Unless you plan to run hundreds of strings. With regular incandescent lights you are going to have to calculate the amount of amps they will draw. An easy rule if thumb is that three strings of 100 incandescent mini-lights will draw one amp. Once you have that calculation check the amp rating on the power strip. One last thing with the power strip is that if you get rain there is a very high probability the GFCI will trip. I'd suggest a three way plug (aka triple tap). Less area to collect water. (Too late. I could have just said "ditto")
  13. It sounds like the wires/pins in the RJ45 socket are not aligned evenly so contacts in the plug do not seat properly. Make sure all eight of the wires in the socket are in a perfect line. Often times you will see every other one slightly offset or behind the one next to it. If the socket gets pulled away from the board this is the outcome. Today there is a controller sitting on my bench waiting for a socket to be soldered in. I had quite the adventure locating it. I had to get a magnifying glass to finally see the issue.
  14. If you are using Windows 10 and the Edge browser it will try to save them as .xml files. I've heard some versions of Internet Explorer will behave the same way. Try another browser and it should work as advertised.
  15. I've found putting the channels I want to copy in a group speeds up the process greatly instead of doing them one-by-one. I usually go back to the main track and delete the group(s) to keep things in their original state.
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