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Gary Levelius

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  1. Erratic performance of half our CCRs

    Gerald, you might want to do a self test on the ribbons and controllers by holding the reset button in while powering up the controller. See if they behave correctly there. I had two defective ribbons (and I only ordered two) right out of the box. They were exchanged no questions asked. I just had another ribbon and/or controller die this evening. Unless you have these things perfectly flat on a solid material that won't bend, they are simply too flimsy, IMHO, to use any other way. I, personally, won't buy any more. -Gary-
  2. Unusual Lights Behaviour during Show

    Suggestion would be to upgrade, if your license allows, to 3.1.4 as it fixes a number of bugs, including ones in the LOR Control Panel which may/may not cause problems like yours. -Gary-
  3. usb485

    What I would do is unplug the adapter, uninstall the drivers in the Device manager, reboot the computer, re-install the drivers from the disk, reboot again, then see if it installs the correct driver when you plug the adapter in after that. -Gary-
  4. FIRST year LOR, Song, Video - 64 channels Advice?

    Jaim, Very good job indeed! You sure you're not a returning pro instead? I can't do half this well and I've been doing it for almost 4 years now -Gary-
  5. Front page of the better living section of the local paper

    Denise, congrats on the newspaper article. Now we have another famous forum member -Gary-
  6. Roll Call

    Ready to rock-n-roll at the fairgrounds though we don't officially start until December 2nd -Gary-
  7. First Year started in October

    VERY nice stars indeed! I'd be interested in seeing some plans or rough drawings for them for others who are able to weld. I also see a welder in my future in support of this addiction -Gary-
  8. Andy, what version of software are you using and what license level? I'm thinking one of the levels is good for only four controllers. Have you tried changing the ID of the offending controller to something less than 5 and then testing it by itself? Have you run this configuration before? -Gary-
  9. I'm assuming that these dedicated circuits were installed on their own circuit breakers? Or were they piggybacked onto two other existing breakers? I'd be checking for loose connections, either at the breaker or on the service panel itself. If in doubt, call a professional and have him check ALL connections in the panel as they DO come loose over time. I check our main panel about once a year for just such things. This is especially true for aluminum wiring as it can corrode and cause a high resistance connection and more heating than with copper. Better to be safe than sorry as loose connections can result in fires. -Gary-
  10. CCB's or no CCB's?

    A few weeks ago (maybe close to a month now) we heard that they were doing QA testing on the first batch of Cosmic Color Bulb strings and that we'd know in a few weeks if they were good enough. Has anyone heard anything as far as an update on the status of these strings? I had really hoped to use them this year but time is getting way short now... -Gary-
  11. CCB's or no CCB's?

    Needless to say, Alrerady visited the sites and set up my wishlist for next season Thank you for the suggestions! -Gary-
  12. Using a second network

    You have to select the COM port assigned to the second network I believe. It won't automatically turn lights on for both networks at the same time. -Gary-
  13. CCB's or no CCB's?

    By the way, my comment on the CCR's has to do with where our show is located. We have a 100x120 foot section in a county fairgrounds. It's wide open and I have to plan for any occurance. My wife kids me about making everything hurricane proof. My response is "what is a blizzard? A hurricane in winter! Plan accordingly!" -Gary-
  14. CCB's or no CCB's?

    Unfortunately, I'm afraid the two of you might be right. I had intended to use them on the arches I have to replace the Cosmic Color Ribbons. The CCR's are, IMHO, not durable enough for that application, especially if you're securing them to round pipe, which flexes the PC board inside a lot in an unfavorable way. -Gary-
  15. Forum Trouble

    Yup, same problem here. Has been slow to respond all evening. -Gary-
  16. Electrical Subpanel Question

    You are correct in the load balancing assumption. The same hazard could exist with lights even though there is no ground. In the three wire system, the voltage drop across the neutral/ground wire could develop between neutral wires on a loads being from different panels since their neutral wires would come from two different sources. And yes, this would be correct on two different buildings although you could potentially have two different display devices next to each other, one being attached to the house system and one to the bard/building sub-panel in the three wire configuration. -Gary-
  17. Electrical Subpanel Question

    Bob, this is exactly the same way I had to wire the 100 amp service sub panel I installed in the storage barn I put in a couple years ago. Our house was rewired when the new main panel was put in in 2000. This was before the four wire configuration was required. I believe the separation of the nuetral and ground wires was designed so that the "ground" potential of the two service panels would stay the same regardless of load. On the old system (3-wire), if the loads on each phase were different, you could end up with a difference in potential between the two panels due to the uneven loading creating a new voltage drop in the neutral wire. This could lead to a shock hazard if contact was made between the two panels which would be possible in cases where one display element was run from the original panel and another next to it from the add-in panel. It would also make GFCI trips more likely as well. -Gary-
  18. mini director vs showtime LOR1602W

    One thing to note that I haven't seen addressed is that whichever director you go with, whether the mini-director or Showtime director, you will still need a LOR1602W or a PC series lighting controller. The directors can not, by themselves, control lights. -Gary-
  19. Does ANYONE know if these will be available at all this year? I've asked Dan and John and neither of them have answered that question nor the two I asked about programming them. I have a project for this years display that will REQUIRE them and I need to know ASAP so I can switch gears if I need to. -Gary-
  20. CCB's or no CCB's, that is the question..

    Jim, the plan "B" is already in place. I found some 5 ft snowmen at Menards for $84 that have animated lights on them that are removable from the frame and will work perfect Not as fancy as I wanted, but perfectly fine for my use. They actually may negate the purchase of the CCB's unfortunately. -Gary-
  21. CCB Questions :)

    Have a couple questions about the upcoming and not yet available CCB's. Does anyone know if they do indeed program just like the CCR's do? Also, any idea of they will run stand-alone or if they require a computer/director to run? I have a Ferris wheel I am building and want to use the CCB's. I wanted to get all the programing done as early as I can and also wanted to get a mini-director to run them if they won't do stand-alone, especially since it's on sale through Tuesday only.. Thanks for any help! -Gary-
  22. CCB Questions :)

    John, I had sent the question in a PM to Dan but he has yet to reply. Perhaps I shall send it to John as well as I expect Dan is very busy getting ready for the next sale Thanks for your help! Get's me started anyways -Gary-
  23. Using Computer to Control Lights and Timer

    You don't even need a timer. Just leave the computer on. Simply use the show scheduler set when the shows are to run and enable the shows (by right clicking on the little light bulb in the system tray and selecting "Enable shows") Why make it any more complicated than it needs to be? As for protecting from power failures, the BIOS setup tips above are excellent. Most BIOS have the ability to set the "power on" function to "TURN ON" or "INSTANT ON" under the power saving function menu. -Gary-
  24. Cosmic Ribbon as an Arch

    Only suggestion I have is to be VERY careful how you bend and attach the CCR to the PVC. Be sure to use a large enough diameter pipe so as not to bend the ribbon too much when you secure it to the pipe. I learned this the hard way. -Gary-
  25. Newbie question before the big summer sale!!

    Also, the Showtime controllers are UL listed whereas the PC controllers are not. You'll want the UL listing if, for example, the show were to be done in a commercial place, such as a mall or community park. -Gary-
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