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  1. Thanks, was curious if for a long vocal sequence, the timing might get a little off, but I guess that if it did, just chop it up into smaller segments.
  2. James, Looking at the documentation for Xtrax Stems, it looks like outputs are .WAV files 44.1kHz, 16-bit. Are you having to modify the output file in any way before you use it in SS or is the timing match what we use in SE?
  3. As Texas Lights eluded, try accessing the SD card from Explorer. Try coping any file to it. Delete it. Did you have any problems? If so, could be the card or the reader. I had problems this year and found that it was caused by the USB device that I was plugging the SD card into. In fact, I had 2 of the devices go bad. Got an 'el-cheepo' from WallyWorld and have not had any other problems this year.
  4. I know it will not help this year but for next year, might help someone. Several years ago, during the heat of the summer, I put the pipe on the roof (asphalt) when it was 100 deg outside. Used a rope threaded through the pipe and pulled the ends together. Each day, pulled it more and more until I had the shape I needed. Amazing how soft it would get. And they are still holding their shape.
  5. Create a second SD with the option to 'run any time there is power'. Then after 5pm Tuesday, insert the continuous run SD and it will run until you take it out. I make 2 SD cards, one with my normal hours and a second one that I label continuous that I use when testing during daylight hours.
  6. Just finished the final installations and testing last night. 65 deg at 5pm yesterday and 29 deg with wind gusting to 30 this morning. Plan on running this Weekend (15-17) and go live the weekend before Thanksgiving. Everything is up so might as well let them run.
  7. Are you trying to use a G3 (2 port) or a N4-MP3 (4 port) director? In Hub, can you list each of the steps and the values you are entering? Make sure you are in the "Manage/Create Shows" tab and you want to select "Create New SD Card Show". If you are going to use a metal cased director, you want the second option. If my assumptions are correct, and you now have the Select SD Card Drive window, does it list the drive that your SD card is loaded into. Next are you finding the sequence on the left side of the next window and does it move to the right after selecting it and clicking on the green plus (+). If you don't find it, you are probably displaying the wrong drive and you will have to 'Change Directory'. I find that starting out, I choose the first option This show palys ... "Whenever the show director has power." You can always reset it to play specific times/days later after you get things working correctly. Even if your only have one network, I find selecting the Advanced option gives me more control over things. I select 'Next>>' twice and then select the number of ports you will be using. The Step 4 window is the one that has given me the most problems this season, but I am running 3 ports enhanced. If you have gotten to this point, there are a couple pieces of information that is critical. What types of controllers are you using and what is their firmware versions? Are you using more than one network, what is on each? This will help indicating what Protocol and Speed you need to select. On a side note, I had 2 USB to SD card adapters and both of them started flaking out on me. I had to go to Walmart at 11pm, and purchased one of their $12 ones and so far, have not had any problems with multiple SD cards of several brands.
  8. Glad I am well past my assembler days. 'Forgetting more then I ever knew', at least being retired is a good excuse.
  9. Correct, I was counting on a napkin and it looks like I missed something. Even more fun counting binary 😮
  10. If I read your description correctly, your first Pixie 16 starts with ID 05. As you listed the 16th string is ID 14. You can not use ID#'s 5 thru 14 for any other controller. Your second Pixie 16 would start with an ID of 15 and go thru # 28. Both of your Pixie 16's need to be on Enhanced Network. So put both on your Aux A. Now you will need a Red USB-RS485 to drive them properly. Hope this helps
  11. Tech support (Dan) confirmed a hardware problem. Will be replacing it. Thanks for the help.
  12. Voltage is now 12.7 volts. No change.
  13. Pixie by its self. I will adjust the voltage up a little to see if there is any difference. Power supply is from Ray Wu.
  14. I have a new (purchased this summer) Pixie 16D V4 and it looks like I am receiving an error code 41. Any one know what this is? It worked a couple weeks ago attached to my pixel matrix in a test environment in the back yard. With no strings attached, voltage is 11.7v, if it has not been plugged in form some time, it will flash normal for maybe 30 seconds and then the flashing will stop with on other light. Some times after a minute or do it will flash a single flash. Other times it will give 4 2-second flashes, followed by about 8 seconds and a single 2-second flash. I assume this is a error code of 41. One time I was able to get the Hardware able to 'Refresh' and it did see the card and confirm that it had the firmware v 1.04. Unplugging it, waiting a minute or so and plugging it back in, there is no light at all. I had wanted to go live with my Christmas display this next weekend but that is now looking unlikely. This morning I may have to get another one on order and then see if Tech support can tell me what in the world is wrong with this card.
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