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Gary Levelius

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  1. 9 hours ago, rcoaster said:

    If you open a ticket and ask for it, they'll send you the firmware file. I did the same for my Pixie 4D that I purchased last year. You'll have to use S5 to take advantage of the standalone feature. It doesn't work properly in S4

    I may do that or I'll just wait for it to be released as Mike said. I don't use stand alone on the Pixie's so that part doesn't bother me. In truth, the beta works just fine for what I do :) I just wanted to stir things up a little and give Mike something to respond to :)


  2. Just received my CCR-II ribbons with the Pixie2D controller and noticed it has the newest v1.03 firmware. The books with the kit included setup for the other Pixie controllers as well, so I know the firmware for them must be the same but I can find no newer version of firmware for them. I've got several Pixie-4 controllers and a Pixie-8 still with the beta software from last summer that I'd like to put the latest official version on but am unable to. Can anyone answer WHEN the v1.03 will be on the website firmware support page??


  3. 14 hours ago, dibblejr said:

    One of the big problems is reporting. If users having problems would take a little time to report them that would help engineers try to figure it out.

    As in my case “they never saw that problem nor has anyone else reported it”.

    Since I am not a computer or software tech I could only do what I could at my level and then report to HD.

    I have not had any major issues since reverting back to 4.3.18 so I’m going back to my old , if it’s not broke don’t fix it mentality.



    JR, that's why the Time Warner people in tech support loved hearing from me when RoadRunner first came to my area. They loved talking with someone as computer literate as I was at the time cause I actually knew what they were asking :) Heck, I called so often with problems that they knew my voice and who I was as soon as I spoke :) I was lucky they didn't block me :)


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  4. The WAIT message means the show director is waiting for the start time programmed into your show that you placed on the SD card. Make sure you have your clock set properly. Pay attention to the LED in the lower right corner of the director display and have AM and PM set correctly. That LED dot will be ON for PM.

  5. An additional note to what Brian said... make sure the sequence and audio file paths are the same on both computers, normally located under c:\users\username\documents\light-o-rama. If the paths are different, you'll have to go through each sequence and, using the "Media File" option under the Edit menu, point the sequence to the current audio file location.


  6. Using the hardware utility MP3 Tab and the show builder. Also using S4. During the write to SD card option, it asks if it's a G3 director. I checkmark that as it is. Next it asks for the number of ports. Since I run a single network, I select (1). If I remember right, this outputs Network 1 on both jacks. Am I correct?


  7. 1 hour ago, Mr. P said:

    The G3MP3 can schedule up to 9 shows on the SD card if programmed through the HU.

    But each show can be only for a set period of time, not alternating as I want to do. And it'll almost do it except I need 11-12 shows to cover a 5pm til 10pm time frame.

  8. 1 hour ago, k6ccc said:

    JR, I don't think that's what he is trying to do.  He needs the Director to have a schedule of multiple shows.  I don't use a director, but if I recall, at least one of the Directors has a real time clock and can have multiple shows scheduled.  Someone familiar with the Director product line will have to chime in as to which ones have that capability.


    Both of the MP3 directors (the original and the G3) have the real time clock. That's exactly what I'm trying to do but from looking at the show creation functions of the hardware utility (on the MP3 tab), I appears that only one show can be scheduled per day for a set time frame, which is what I used to do at the fairgrounds. What I need to be able to do is repeat multiple shows, alternating on the half hour (show one on the hour, show 2 on the half hour) and it doesn't appear it'll do it.


  9. I'm going to be putting on a show at a local park this upcoming Christmas. I'm going to have two different shows, one running on the even hour and the other on the half hour. I know this is possible with a PC running the show, but is something like this possible with the G3 MP3 Director? Everything I'm seeing says no but I want to make sure.



  10. 16 minutes ago, TheDucks said:

    I ended up doing it like that.

    It does seem a bit odd the the Pixie 4 takes up 4 controller ID's, but you can only pick the 1.

    That's a limitation that DevMike has referred to before and is with the hardware utility. I think he mentioned that the new version (S5, when it comes out) is supposed to have a much better test facility than S4 currently has.

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  11. 44 minutes ago, Obejohnknobe said:

    Thank you Gary!  I had read LOR was coming out with an update before I purchased the 2-Pixie 8 controllers and appreciate the reminder.  I did not know they would not emulate the CCRs, how much of a difference will this make on programming and actual playing the display?  If this is the case it seems to me the pixels would act like a regular RGB in both programming and display if they will not act like pixels.  What is your experience on these?

    Thank you,


    Well, hopefully the new firmware will be available soon as will a way to update the bootloader on the Pixie's which is why they couldn't get them to accept updated firmware. Once the Pixies are updated, they can behave just like the CCR ribbons, using all the macro channels available (7 I think). Without the update, you'd program them just as you do normal pixels (3 channels, or 1 RGB channel) per pixel. Resolution would then be set on the Pixie configuration page.

  12. 2 hours ago, Obejohnknobe said:

    Hi Jim and thank you for getting on this so quick as well as Mr. P.!  I  have the Superstar add on with 2 CCRs and can control my pixie 4 controller as far as testing the lights.  When I started to test the lights with the software, it only gives me 8 segments in the pixel test, so I got curious as to an upgrade.  When I look at upgrading in Superstar, it states each CCR is 50 pixels which now has me confused because I would need more CCRs to control the amount of lights.  To me, Mr. P.s advice to go advance or Pro would be better monetary wise.  There does not seem to be enough info on the LOR website on each to make an informed decision.  

    In the end, what I am trying to do is build 4 leaping arches with 2-WS2811 pixel strips equaling out 1 strip for 2 arches, each at 8.5 feet in length (strips are 16.5 feet) controlled by the Pixie 4.  There will be 4-WS2811 strips on the eaves and have 10 porch posts that will have 100 WS2811 pixel nodes on each. All of those lights would be controlled by 2-Pixie 8s.  Any assistance on the software clarification would be a bonus!

    Thanks again for the help! 


    One little side note. The Pixie4, Pixie8 and Pixie16 as they originally shipped (v1.01) will NOT emulate the CCR's as the book says they will. The original software (v1.01) skipped the emulation to enable shipment of the units (time constraints). A new software (firmware) version is in development which will enable ALL the features that the Pixie controllers are designed for.


  13. Sounds like the file wasn't registered in the system registry. The upgrade you did fixed the problem by registering that file. This happens from time to time. I had the same thing happen a while back. Another solution would have been to totally uninstall and run the registry wipe utility from LOR which clears out any left over pieces. Sometimes those left over pieces can cause havoc too :)


  14. On ‎4‎/‎19‎/‎2017 at 0:29 AM, Steve Gardner said:

    I would be interested in testing it out.  I have 12 windows I am running pixel strips around.  8 of them will be 50 pixels each.  The other 4 will be 70 pixels.  I will be trying various configurations based on the limitations of the Pixie 16 to decide if I want to run the larger windows as 70 pixels or as a set of 50 pixels plus a second string of 50 (truncated to 20) for each window.

    Steve, just a heads up. The problem with loading the new firmware via the hardware utility turned out to be a problem with the bootloader on the chip. The board I'll be getting will be at v1.02 still but with the fixed bootloader. All I have to do is the request the beta software version and upload it to the Pixie with the hardware utility as normal.

  15. 15 hours ago, dibblejr said:

    In the one thread he said contact him. Maybe a service ticket would work better. He is rarely on the forums.


    I just submitted a help ticket. We'll see what happens :) I'd really love to test out this new version. I have a number of CCR sequences that I could modify to test as many of the macros as possible.