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  1. Thanks. Even though you can't see it in this video, there is an 8 foot high, 12 strand pixel tree bringing up the rear of the truck. Sort of a surprise after the truck passes by.
  2. Figured out most of it, simpler than the DMX I was used to. First time with the Pixie 16, always used SanDevices or JSys in the past. Had to use a laptop to run it though, could not get the uMP3g4 to play even a single sequence all the way through. I wanted to keep everything LOR controlled since they (fire dept) want to do this every year. Figured doing LOR, they only need to learn one system and it's all compatible. Here is a link to a short 45 second video of what we did. From concept to implementation, 6 weeks. https://www.facebook.com/193082674038510/videos/521909488399325/
  3. I am doing power injection every 50 pixels, guess I should have said that. We are using the truck's on-board, full wave generator to power the lights since we are using the CTB 16 for control of regular 120 volt lights. We did a 12 strand X 50 pixels pixel tree at the rear of the truck and ran a test show last night off of the generator last night and everything ran well. They just want to make a last minute change and add pixels along the boom. Went with 5 volt pixels since I had 30 strings of them that I could donate to the cause. This is my first time using the Pixie 16D, having always used SanDevices and JSys controllers for my own show. I wanted to keep everything uniform for them since they are just learning and figured the LOR system was the easiest way for them to go since it all works seamlessly together. After the holidays, have to give them some lessons in sequencing so they can do next year's show on their own. I did advise them to use 12 Volt pixels in the future, though. Thanks for the input, though. Going to try sending the signal from a single Pixie port in two directions tonight and see if it works. First of four Christmas parades is this Friday; they have to stop adding things!
  4. Does anyone see a reason that two sets of leads could not be run from a single plug to two different sets of pixels? Fire dept. is doing a truck for the parade which will be identical on each side. They want to run pixels down each side of a boom that will be exactly the same on each side. Rather than use two different channels, it would make life easier with this short notice just to tap each set of pixels off one channel. Each side would be 100 pixels of 5VDC.
  5. This is my first time using one too; have always run by computer. Figured the director would be ideal for the Fire Truck, but may have to rethink this. I still have a couple licenses left so may use one on a fire dept laptop and put LOR on it. Don't know if that would be legal though, so guess I should check with LOR first. Truck will be in three parades over three weeks and would hate to be without my laptop all that time. Think I have narrowed the problem down to three specific sequences, a lot of fades and commands in those three. Experimented with one sequence by cutting out a large portion of the sequencing and it ran all the way through without a problem. Perhaps the Mini Director just can't handle that; will open a support ticket with LOR and see what they say. Thanks for the effort anyway, Jim.
  6. Just noticed also that the Mini Director Status LED does not come on during the show as stated in the User Manual. Network speed is set at 115K, but manual states if the network speed is to slow to handle the complexity of the show it will blink off. Only running 600 pixels across 12 outputs and 16 channels on the CTB16PC. Hard to believe that this would make the sequence too complex. (Note, same problem when set up for 500K).
  7. Not running if off the truck yet, just AC power from the house to test out the pixel sequencing. I did check about the specific generator with LOR Support and the one installed on the truck should meet the requirements for the AC controller. I just checked the show with my desktop running it and the controllers have not dropped off line at all. Wondering now if there is something wrong with the Mini Director or somehow I have misconfigured it.
  8. Problem I haven't seen before. Setting up a show for the Fire Dept to use on their truck in the Christmas parade. Using the uMP3g3 mini director, one CTB16PCg3, and one Pixie 16D. Software is S4. The problem I can't seem to figure out is that after about 1 and a half songs, the controllers lose communication with the mini director. Everything works fine for about 1 1/2 songs, then the controllers drop off. I checked that the network was configured properly in the Sequence Editor and the Mini director through the hardware utility. Initially, I had everything set for 500k speed, thinking this was the problem, I reduced everything to the 115k setting. That had no effect on the problem, I still get through about 1 1/2 songs before I lose communication. I have tried connecting only the Pixie 16D with and without the CTB16 and always have the same result. Have not tried running the CTB 16 by itself, but seems like I might try that and see if it drops out by itself too. This is the first time I have used any generation 3 hardware; in the past, my entire experience has been with the first generation controllers, mini director, and non-LOR pixel controllers. Is there something different/unique with the third generation that I am overlooking? Any ideas? Edit to Add: The controllers run fine and do not drop off when I set up a show on my desktop and run from the desktop; problem only appears when I use the Mini Director.
  9. Update on my RS-485 problem. JR rushed a replacement RS-485 to me which I received today. Hooked it up and everything functioned as it should. First time in 12 years I have had this problem, but there's always a first time. Just glad I didn't damage the computer or the Pixie 16. LOR is also sending me a replacement for the bad RS-485, so will have a spare if needed. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions in trouble shooting and a big thanks to JR. Hopefully, everything will go smoothly from here on out and the Fire Dept will have one good parade entry.
  10. Yep, both computers. Been using all varieties of these adapters over the past 12 years and this is the first time I have ever had this problem.
  11. Nothing attached, just the USB cable to the adapter, no CAT 5. Used two different filtered cables, same result on both cables.
  12. I have plugged the RS-485 into the computer without attaching it to the Pixie 16 and it gets hot just by plugging it in. Have changed out the USB cable and still gets hot, so I can only assume it is something internal to the RS 485. It did work fine the first time I attached to the Pixie 16 and again when I hooked it up to a CTB16PC. It also connected to the Comm Port the last time I was going to access the Pixie 16 and after a minute or so, it dropped off. That's when I noticed how hot it was. All the jumpers are off of the Pixie 16, so don't know what else could be wrong. Hopefully, LOR can tell me something tomorrow when they reopen.
  13. Thanks. Fuses on the pixie seem fine. Pixie runs all channels, just not RGB. Red is blue. Thanks for the offer, I may take you up on that. Desperately need to change the colors in the hardware utility. Manual is somewhat difficult to follow/understand plus what is in the revised manual on line, is not exactly what is in the User Manual packaged with the Pixie. No where did I see the requirement about turning off the one dip switch in order to change the unit numbers. If I had seen your tutorial earlier, it would have saved me a lot of time and heartburn trying to figure out why it wouldn't change. Once I get the replacement RS-485-HS, I am going to run your checklist and make sure I covered all the bases, so much easier to follow. I will send you my address and info and you can let me know shipping and costs. Will paypal the funds to you. If LOR replaces the new one, the Fire Dept will have a back up.
  14. I picked up the adapter and it burned my hand. Tried replacing the cables and tried on two different computers, same result. Adapter got very hot and created a "clicking" sound coming from the computer. Ordered this adapter, new, for use by the fire dept. I had other adapters, but donated my display and all the components to a non-profit up in Oregon this year since I could no longer set up a display for health reasons. Thought I was finished, but then the fire dept. came by and asked me to do some sequences and set up controllers for them if they provided all the manual labor. Have never used the Pixie 16 before, but DMX controllers from competitors. Since the fire dept. wants to continue and expand yearly, thought going 100% LOR would be easier for them. Using a uMP3g3 to run the lights on the truck rather than a laptop, so wouldn't need the RS-485 to run the show. Looks like I may be "dead in the water" until I get a new adapter. Thanks for the advice, though.
  15. Wish I had seen this first post when I first tried configure my Pixie 16D last week. I think I have pretty much figured it out, but have a problem now. My new RS-485 adapter burned up the third time I used it and now can't use the hardware utility to configure or test my Pixie 16D. I went through the steps initially and selected RGB for my configuration. (I am using WS 2811 RGB pixels, 50 pixels per string for 12 strings total). When I connected the Pixie 16D to the strings, they show up as BRG rather than RGB. Since I can't access the board now, I noted that on page 14 of the manual dated Aug 17, 2019, on the Support section of the website, that I might be able to set the configuration using the JP5. The manual gives some pixels that I am not familiar with, such as WS28118. However, the second entry, lists J2 can configure WS2801 pixels, RGB, 50 pixels. Would this be able to change the configuration on the Pixie 16 to the correct order for the WS2811 pixels I am using. Waiting to hear back from LOR about a replacement for the RS-485-HS, but am running out of time as this is for the Fire Dept and their entry in the Christmas parade. Time is really short to get this working. Thanks in advance for any guidance.
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