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    Hardware Utility Explaination Question

    I would love to hear that one! All the dip switches fall into 2 categories, equipment and humans...LOL as in my mistakes at times! Will see if the Pixie 4s ID stuck tomorrow. John
  2. Thank you everyone for helping me out over the past year. I have learned a lot from you!!! The question I have is about the Hardware Utility program. Over the last couple of days I have been rewiring power, board wiring, labeling and setting up new Hex IDs for all of my Pixie controllers as well as my CTMB16. In HU, the setting of the new ID goes without hitch and use the refresh to initialize the testing as well as setting up the RGB sequence (RGB instead of GRB) and the testing of the lights will not work until I have refresh again. Most of the time the refresh will show the correct ID, however, there are a few cards that I have problems in having to go back and set the ID again. For example, I have a pixie 8 with an id hex setting of 21. It will confirm the new id setting and shows the new id when it refreshes. When I use the Config and then the Pixie config to change the light sequence to RGB, I refresh again as it will not test the lights until it refreshes. That is where the ID will switch to a different ID such as 1A. Then I have to change the id back to the original then refresh and before the lights can be tested. Is this due to an EPROM glitch issue or software glitch? Can anyone explain as my inquiring mind would like to know...please? Thank you!! John M.
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    Hardware Utility Explaination Question

    Thanks, Persistence was the game plan and was simply dumbfounded everything worked as it should. It was very frustrating after discovering the way LOR shipped the Pixie 8 cards with #8 dip switch in the on position but states you should be using the HU to program them. I am almost completed with a sequence to test the Pixie 4s to see if they kept the ID. We shall see probably tomorrow. Thanks! John
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    Hardware Utility Explaination Question

    Hi JR, After extensive programming and research here is the outcome from the ID settings in HU. I had no problems with the following Cards with ID retention: CTB16PC-G3 version 1.09 which is current, 2 - Pixie 16s Version 1.02 current, and 3 - Pixie8D-V4 Version 1.02 current...after I switched the dip switches all to off. All dip switches on the Pixie8s had position 8 in the ON position and it shows the same detail in the manual, why since the website also states the HU is the only way to program it...hhhmmm. Found in the back of the manual the ID settings for the dip switches. again, decided to switched them to off. All of these cards had NO problems with changing IDs, changing pixel count and setting the RGB sequence. Refreshed and check ID (good) and even turned it off and back on after a minute. All IDs were solid as well as tested lights from the HU and no issues. With the HU did really well to test the lights, I did not use a sequence. When it comes to the Pixie 4s (Pixie4D V3 version 1.02)...had problems keeping the IDs in the cards. 1 card would revert back to Hex 01 and the other would revert back to Hex 11. It took several times of changing it back and forth, turning it off and back on to keep the ID in the cards. Probably spent an hour per card doing this just so I had confidence the card kept the ID. There is no dip switches on the Pixie4s, it does have jumpers but nothing that would indicate keeping the ID (J2 accessory power, J3 triggers, J4 120 ohm resistor and J5 needs to be empty to program thru HU which it is) and it has the current firmware. I will be taking them out again tomorrow to see if they kept the IDs. Any idea why the Pixie4s are being a pain? P.S. thank you for the offer of calling but for now, it is a wait and see. John
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    Hardware Utility Explaination Question

    Hi JR, After further research I have 3 - Pixie 4s (Pixie4D V3) with no dip switches and it seems I have no problem with the id that I can remember. I will get back to you on this one as I forgot to set up how many Pixies on a string (i.e. 50, 51, 99 and 100 due to 51 on my leaping arches I was testing) and try it again. There are 3 - Pixie 8s (Pixie8D V4) in the setup and all have the dip switches, however, in the manual, it states if all dip switches are in the off position the Hardware Utility is needed to set the ID so I will look at them all to see if any were accidentally toggled on....or do I need to just set it up that way to be safer? Lastly, there are 2 - Pixie 16s (Pixie16D V2) with no dip switches to set the ID and not programmed to the new Hex ID. And the honorable mention is 1 - CTB16PCV3 light controller that also has no dip switches and I always have it set to 01 hex setting. Will update you in the afternoon to see what else I found. Thank you, John
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    Cannot Set ID on new Pixie 4D 1st gen

    As far as it being the DMX, there is a definite difference between the Pixie4 and the Pixie4 DMX. It would have the XLR connectors and mine does not. Thanks for asking as I did go back into the booklet and found the DMX card.. John
  7. Hello everyone! So I am finally got a sequence completed and want to try it on my cards (with lights) and have started to set the Unit ID on them. I was able to set a Pixie 8 unit id with no issues and tried 2 - Pixie 4Ds 1st gen, one with 5vdc and the other with 12vdc with no success. Neither was programmed before and tried to set the id in the hardware utility unsuccessfully in each. Did the once over at least 3 times to check the jumpers in the correct spot, checked fuse, did a reset, and the led light blinks 2 times a second (no code). Have rebooted the computer and tried a different hex setting ID on the Pixie 8 and reset it back to my original hex code plan and have no issues. The Pixie 4D 1st gen hardware setting error states it cannot find the unit and check the connections and power. I looked on the forum and nothing I can see relates to this unless I am typing my search with nothing that pops up, i.e. cannot set unit id to pixie 4d 1st gen. Again, these were just pulled out of the boxes and connected to set the unit id to check my displays (purchased a few years back). BTW, no lights were connected during the setting of the id and Hex codes were different on each card, power checked good and cat 5 cable was tested (cat 5 tester). The cat 5 connectors on the cards are sturdy and do not move. Any ideas??? I have 2 new Pixie 8s and another Pixie 4 purchased during the Mad Grab sale this past April are going to be next in the programming line. Lastly will be the 2 - Pixie 16 (one is working the other is new) and a 16 channel CTB unit that works great all to be reprogrammed. Thank you'll for listening, John M.
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    Cannot Set ID on new Pixie 4D 1st gen

    I did try both cat 5 connectors on the card and still nothing when I was testing so I will be getting online with LOR to see if there is a fix. Thank you for all of your help! I do not know what I would do if it was not for this forum and all of you helping! Thank you!! John
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    Cannot Set ID on new Pixie 4D 1st gen

    Thank you! I did not know they would do repairs and have you had any experience on getting them repair through LOR? John
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    Cannot Set ID on new Pixie 4D 1st gen

    LOR website under support and firmware says there is, but not available. If I cannot talk to the card, is it possible to download the update if there was one available? Thanks John Pixie2 smart controller (2 ports) Pixie2D 1.x firmware not available Pixie4 smart controller (4 ports) Pixie4D 1.x firmware not available Pixie8 smart controller (8 ports) Pixie8D 1.x firmware not available Pixie16 smart controller (16 ports) Pixie16D 1.x firmware not available
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    Cannot Set ID on new Pixie 4D 1st gen

    Thanks! Got it changed! I just went and installed my new Pixie 4 card in the same place as the old one (remove and replaced) and it appears it is the same version as the older card with all the items in the same place and cannot find out which one is different. Fired it up and changed the unit id on HU and it came back with the same error as the older one with check cables and power. The difference is the LED light is now steady so I did a refresh on the HU and it shows the card!!! I did a quick test setup with lights and it works! I think it is the card, any ideas why the older card will not take the unit id?
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    Cannot Set ID on new Pixie 4D 1st gen

    Anyone know how to get my software version below my name? I have tried to get my profile changed but cannot find a place to get it (software version) to appear.
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    Cannot Set ID on new Pixie 4D 1st gen

    I have the both the USB-RS485HS and the USB-RS485B. I was using the HS adapter for both the Pixie 8 and Pixie 4. Pixie 8 works but not the Pixie 4 when talking to it. Agreed it is a comm issue but it may be the software (older Pixie) the card has on it since my software is the current v4.3.26 Pro. I tried the RS485B and again, it will not talk to each other and get the same error to check the cable and power supply. Check voltages and cable tested and all checked good. Did try it again on my Pixie 8 and worked like a charm changing the unit id several times and then changed it back to what is need for the display. I am going to try the newer Pixie 4 and 8 cards I picked up this past April and see what happen. Thinking it is a card issue
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    Cannot Set ID on new Pixie 4D 1st gen

    First, hex max is F0 in hu which is well over the max I need. Second, I made a hex spreadsheet to id each pixie card. For example the pixie 8 id is 31. Pixie 4 is 2a and the other pixie 4 will be 2e. It appears programming is not the issue but the card does not like the software.
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    Cannot Set ID on new Pixie 4D 1st gen

    Software version is v4.3.26 Pro
  16. WOW, had not thought of that. I think I have figured it out going from one computer to another, I use a thumb/flash drive holding both music and sequences and it works in both computers. One is a gaming computer and the other is a laptop. I have not tried it using the sequence on the LOR setup I have. Will be using it soon for our 4th of July celebration and will see the kinks then. Thank you for the heads up! John M.
  17. Happy Sequencing Everyone! Question....I use 2 computers, one a laptop and one a desktop. When saving a sequence on one computer and carrying it over to the other computer the sequence work I completed changes the timing a little and it doe this when going from one computer to another. Why? Both computers have software version 4.3.26 Pro, both are using the same music from the same file and so on. I cannot find 1 reason as to why the sequencing would be off just a tiny bit. Both use the beat wizard so the timing is meant to go with the beats. The timing from one beat to another is the same when comparing computers but when the sequences are compared they are off less than a split beat. I am really scratching my head on this one as I have stumped my computer gurus at work! Anybody have a problem like this? Thanks, John
  18. Thanks Jim and Tom! I am using Sequence Editor and the beat wizard for my sequences as I have a music background and it is the easiest for me. The issue is not the music but the lighting sequence. When saving on one computer and transfer it to another, the music sequence is dead on but the lighting sequence is skewed. The music is the same rate and same MP3 file. It was after I updated the software on the laptop the lighting sequence finally stayed the same as well as using a thumb drive to store everything (music and sequence). I did both at the same time so the opportunity to see if the software or the way it was saved might have been the issue. My best guess from what you two are saying is it was saving the file issue. As far as saving on the cloud, I do not have access to the internet for my personal computer nor cloud at work due to "locking it down" on their end (military) so I do the alternative thumb drive for now. After I do the trial on the G3-MP3 Director I will post the results. Again, Thanks!!!!! John
  19. Thanks Mike! What I have been researching is the MP3 versus the WAV file. When I ripped the CDs for saving them for LOR sequences I did not know what kind of file Windows Media Player saved them as (WMA back in 2008). When using WMA music files with LOR (basic version) the music files would not be recognized by LOR. Finally after some headway, I found out how to change WMA to MP3s, again no idea what bit rate as well as sample rate (2012?) but they seem to work with hits and misses. About 2014/5, was able to save them as MP3s at 128kbps and would work with LOR. Now with being a little more computer savvy, was able to save them as MP3s at 160kbps and the software recognizes them as well as plays the music with the sequence. The question now is does the G3-MP3 Director play the current version I have? I am finding out the G3-MP3 Director should be able to play any "common" music format to include WAV music files. At what sample rate and speed is to be determined. I plan on doing a couple of samples with WAV and MP3 files with small sequences to see what the outcome is. This all stemmed when the lighting sequences I saved on different computers got off grid going from one computer to another.
  20. Hello everyone, Update from what I have tried. In order to go from one computer to another, use either a thumb drive or portable hard drive and keep the sequences and music on it in the LOR files like you would see in a regular LOR file. Keep the music the same sample rate and format (160k sample rate and MP3 for me). You can use different music files as long as you are using a computer to use in your show but for me I have a G3-MP3 Director. I will try to find out if the Director will accept other music formats and sample rates this weekend barring any distractions....wait....mother's day is this weekend so it may be next week before I get this trial completed. Lastly, use the same software version to keep from small deviations they may have that will prevent the sequence/music from being on time. As far as Windows, you can use 7 or 10 as I had no problems. I got rid of windows 8 due to it crashed on me and having stability problems so I am not familiar if you can switch back and forth with any other windows. Not sure if Apple products will switch. Special thanks to all that have help me Especially Philip M.! John M.
  21. Hey everyone, Thanks for the info and to give you updates on what I found. 1st, the audio is at 160kbps and the timing is the same (2.33.23) in both sequences. I did find that my laptop is running 4.3.18 Pro while my "big rig" is running 4.3.26 Pro. When I updated the laptop, I thought 4.3.26 Pro was loaded, should have double checked. All the timing grids match (I randomly selected several points in the music). Big rig is windows 10 and laptop is windows 7. So let me try to paint a picture for everyone that might help you see what I am referencing. Between each beat is 3 grids and none are the same size due to humans conducting the music (beat wizard). Both computers match the grid size between each beat. Lets say I want 1 grid in the color of white on my bid rig and when I transfer to the my laptop, the grid of white would be off of the selected grid by very little. In time, it would 1.00.00 on the big rig but the laptop would be 1.00.78. It is noticeable. It also does the same thing when I work on the laptop and transfer to the big rig. So here is what I will do and get back to ya'll on this. Will convert the music 128k on my audacity program (using this for audio dubbing videos at work). Will convert music to a WAV file for backup trial. Update program on laptop to v4.3.26. Convert laptop to windows 10 (this will be a while as I ordered it). Please let me know if there is something in the above info that is a cause of this problem or even another idea. Thank you for your help! John
  22. Hello everyone! I just recently purchased 2 DMX moving heads with LED lights. This is for a background prop to highlight/emphasis portions of the music and props. They have up to 11/13 channels for use with the last 2 being for reset and change. Channels 1 thru 6 are to control the up/down left/right to include course and fine adjustments, number 7 is shutter opening/closing for the leds and channels 8 thru 11 are the colors (w/g/r/b). The research I have found is they can be used with the falcon cards but I thought you can use them with the LOR cards since they can convert to DMX. Can anyone enlighten or point me in a direction on the card and how to use the LOR 4.3.26 Pro software to utilize it before I go and purchase a falcon card. When searching the forums I am either searching incorrect wording or looking in the wrong spots in the LOR forums, Youtube or google. Can anyone assist? Thank you! John M.
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    LOR software/harware Controlling a DMX moving head w/LEDS

    Try this one and look around on Amazon too. https://www.ebay.com/itm/60W-RGBW-Mini-Beam-Spot-Moving-Head-Stage-Light-DMX-Club-Party-DJ-Disco-Lighting/222675281330?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 The major problem I have with these is there is no cheap covering for it. Alibaba (Ray Wu) sells the case for $200 each and it is not worth it unless you buy the expensive lights. However, I have a trick up my sleeve and am building one out of flexible acrylic to see if it will work. Right now, $20 for the case if it goes right. John
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    LOR software/harware Controlling a DMX moving head w/LEDS

    The ones that he has are very expensive but you can buy teh cheap ones on eBay for about $50 with 4 leds in it. Just bright enough to do what I want them to do.
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    LOR software/harware Controlling a DMX moving head w/LEDS

    Also forgot to mention, it is 4 LEDs white, red, green and blue at about 60 watts and plenty bright enough for what I am doing with them. John
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