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  1. I have an old Gemmy ferris wheel. I know these things were cheaply made from the get go. That said, the wheel and creatures that ride it are in good shape. The motor is shot. Looking for any suggestions.....errr, cheap suggestions on how to get it rotating. Now, I have read about people using wiper motors to animate their props. I saw the whole kit, everything you'd need on Monsterguts. My question is, even if I bought that kit, I'd have no idea how to even attach it to the wheel. I mean, NO IDEA. Clueless. I am not mechanically inclined at all. Looking for a little bit of help is someone is willing. Thanks The picture is not mine, but is the same wheel I have.
  2. Computer won't recognize controller

    Have you tried putting it in the freezer? ?
  3. Never even thought of that. Thanks
  4. New to light o rama

    If you buy Showtime Central, there is no need to use your laptop FYI.
  5. Everything more or less went great in 2016. 1.The one hiccup I still have, and I know others do too, is the tripping issue. I've pretty much just accepted that when a monsoon or hurricane come through, just give up on the lights for the night. When it rains, I'm ok, when it pours, the lights die. 2. I want to be all LED, and mostly am, but how the heck am I supposed to pass up 62 ft and 300 bulbs at Wal-Mart for $1.50?? I couldn't resist and bought about 10 boxes tonight. 3. I only have 48 channels, 15 songs, and in my 2nd year of LOR. The traffic at my house is nuts. I live one road off of a main highway, so my house is easily visible.I also have some props like a Leg lamp as well as Ralphie in his bunny suit in the window. Most people didn't stay too long, but the traffic never stopped. 4. Several people put money in my mailbox. I'm not sure how I feel about that. You? 5. I spend about 50 bucks replacing the same strand of lights beside my driveway. I thought someone was cutting them. Aimed the security camera at the driveway. The culprit? Bugs Bunny. 6. I built frames for my windows out of pvc pipe. Screwed my rope light track to the pvc pipe. Installed hooks at the top of the windows for the frames to sit in. I am extremely happy with them and even more so, I'll be able to take them down in minutes. 7. I still can't wrap a tree and it's limbs worth a $&#@ 8. Why doesn't LOR sell female inline plugs for their SPT wire in their store? I didn't even know they existed until I saw them on amazon. That would have saved me a lot of trouble if I had had those this year. 9. Extremely happy with the yard sign Vistaprint made for me telling drivers what channel to put the radio on.
  6. I wish I could help, but I can't. As I said in the above post, it just started working. I did nothing I hadn't already done a million times before. It just decided to start working on it's own. Good luck, and hopefully, someone a lot smarter than me can help you out.
  7. How do you end your show?

    Saxon, check your mail. I sent you that audio file.
  8. How do you end your show?

    The National Anthem sung by Aunt Bethany and the Griswold's from Christmas Vacation.
  9. Noob question: Turn on lights automatically?

    I'm only in my second year of LOR. Your problem is one of the good things about purchasing Showtime Central. I put Controller number 1 on a timer, and my lights come on when it gets dark and go off about 4 or 5 hours later. Pretty simple.
  10. Which led lights?

    I went to Wal-Mart 2 days after Christmas, and the majority of lights were gone. I guess you got them all.
  11. 2nd year LOR: Is it normal to grow to hate the songs you have spent hours and hours working on? Is it normal to not care about using the visualizer, and just be ok with just using the animation preview? Is it normal to get sick of sequencing, and not do it for a week or two? Is it normal to get sick of sequencing, decide you're not going to do it for a week or two, and then end up doing it again an hour later? Is it normal to decide that you're done for the year, you've got a bunch of songs finished, and then you start working on another new song for some reason? lol Is it normal to hook up a controller or two and some lights, in July, because you just can't wait to see what they're going to look like?
  12. DIY Tune In Signs

    You can design your own yard signs using Vistaprint as well.
  13. Thanks everyone for their help. The problem resolved itself. What can I say. It just started working. After plugging in the RS485 adapter for the 743rd time. it finally installed and everything works fine now. I'd still like to know what the problem was. Thanks again and a mod can delete this thread now if there is a desire to do so.
  14. Update: I figured out what the problem is, though it creates another problem I don't know the answer to. The USB- RS485 adapter is not communicating with my PC. I know this because I took the adapter to my parents house who also have LOR.. I bought it for them last year. I hooked the adapter up to my mother's laptop,and the adapter installed immediately and without a problem. I opened hardware utility, hooked up some lights, tested, and everything worked fine. Hooked the adapter back up to my PC, and the adapter never fully installs. So I believe that this is the root of my whole problem. So what suggestions do you guys have to resolve the issue of the lack of communication between the adapter and my PC. I also tried using their adapter on my PC, but had the same issue. It would not install. Again, I'd like to thank everyone who is trying to help me. I truly appreciate it and hope I can return the favor to someone, someday.
  15. OK...I was able to resolve the port issue manually. I'm going to post how in case anyone has the same problem in the future... 1. Click Start – Search for cmd, right-click cmd and select “Run as Administrator” 2. From the command prompt, run “hdwwiz.exe“. This should launch the “Add Hardware Wizard“. Click Next. 3. Select “Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced)” and click Next. Now......I have to leave, and I don't have time to see if changing the port number is going to solve my problem of the controllers not showing up on my pc. Thanks for trying to help, and I'll let you know my results later today.