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    Simple Show Builder and G3-MP3 errors...

    Both of my computers saves my work to the internal hard drive in where the LOR directory is loaded to. I had to delete one of my LOR directories copied from a downed hard drive. I loaded everything from an external hard drive info salvaged from the crashed hard drive to the laptop [new/old laptop (new to me, old due to my son's old laptop)] AND my desktop. Before the conflict was discovered, SE would save anything I did in LOR software to either directory where it wanted to. Unfortunately, the crashed HD info was saved to BOTH computers. I have since gleaned all work, saved it over to where it needed to be and deleted the old LOR software. You might have to look for more than one LOR directory if you have downloaded updates or have gone to a newer version. Use the windows search file for it. I use the G3-MP3 Director and have found it does not like anything else other than MP3s. As far as MP3s', had to set my windows media player to save all cds to MP3s and save to my music file. Usually I organized it from there, every now and then have to point SE to where I last put the file because of the reorganization. When using SE, I can direct it to look in the directory where I last put the MP3 (Shout Out to Phil M for showing me how!!). Also, Audacity has a free program that can convert MP3s to any audio waveform (WAV, WMP, ect) or anything to MP3s. You can tell it where to save also to augment SE. I use my thumb drive to save and transfer all work to BOTH computers. The bulk of my LOR work is completed on my laptop and save a copy to my thumb drive, which in turn, is saved on my desktop about every 2 to 3 weeks when I am working on sequencing. As long as you keep the "save as" function to the thumb drive after you have completed your work for that session, the thumb drive will not matter which slot it is in. If you do not and save to the thumb drive the next save (disk icon on upper left on SE) it will save to your thumb drive not on the HD (done it by accident). The "save as" function can be your best friend or your worse enemy depending where you were last sequencing. When you start with SE, make sure it is the latest sequence you worked on because if you do not, you could overwrite other work when saving. Now with that being said, it makes sense to me to back everything up at least twice, due to HD problems with past computers. Lost some sentimental photos due to HD problems in the past couple of years. Hope this helps, John
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    Simple Show Builder and G3-MP3 errors...

    Hello everyone! Giving an update on the G3-MP3 issues. Programming is a breeze on the HU MP3 Tab. You can even set the network multiplexing speed from there as you cannot from the Simple Showtime Builder. I do the same as dansamy when it comes to saving. Had 2 hard drives go down in 1 year so I now save to my hard drive and a thumb drive with the thumb drive as the primary. I also use the thumb drive to go between my laptop and desktop computers. All of my MP3's and sequences are on all 3 (thumb drive, laptop and desktop) to make sure SE can go to whichever it wants to go. All new work gets saved to all 3. Let's just say it is a preventive measure that I do to prevent loss of work. Now for the main update, the MP3 Director would save Simple Showtime Builder on a Kingston 16 Gig Class 4 SD card and play the sequences. However the card would save the show from the MP3 tab on the HU but when I plugged the sd card into the MP3 Director there was an "error, no SD card" on the display. Tried my sons 32 gig class 10 micro sd card as an experiment and everything works to include the sequencing. Please note there has been no updated firmware since I purchased it about 3-4 years ago. Next step is we purchased 2 Scan Disc 32 gig class 10 micro cards (1 for him and the other for the show), programmed it using the MP3 tab in HU and everything works to include sequences. Not sure if there is any other brand name card that will or will not work but it sure looks like the newer cards will work. I do run about 98% pixels for my show. Hope this helps, John
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    Simple Show Builder and G3-MP3 errors...

    Ok gentlemen, Found the show works and its now down to minor details. I did find out why the Simple Show Builder was not finding my files...I had two directories in where it was filing my sequences to. After I deleted the one I did not want, everything defaulted to where I wanted it to go. I normally save to 2 places after working on sequences as I do not know if I will be on the same computer which is where the thumb drive comes in. I do have to figure out why some of my Go To 89.9 pixels are not lighting in the show. I checked the lights on HU and a small sequencer (can't remember what it is called) and everything lights up. Now, I figure out if I programmed the card correctly. I do have the sequence with the correct number of Pixels, don't remember if it is programmed on the card as 100 pixels. Will check it out Thanks everyone! John
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    Simple Show Builder and G3-MP3 errors...

    JR, Just found a Scan Disk Micro SD card my son was not using and started an experiment. I used the sleeve to put the micro sd card in, not sure what class but it is definitely newer than my Kingston regular SD card, and is a 32 Gig memory. I did not delete his Nintendo Switch info and used the HU to program it. In the programming, loaded the Halloween Sequences, used the 500k and all the trimmings with it since the sequences used are 95% pixels. Programming came out well and plugged into the G3-MP3 Director........it did NOT get the SD card error. Just waiting till the sequences come on and will let ya'll know how it worked out. John
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    Simple Show Builder and G3-MP3 errors...

    JR I looked and it is a Kingston SC HD 8GB C4 SD card (it was provided when I purchased it). I used the Simple Show builder and it works with it. Just do not know why it will not work when I use the HU. It programs and can see the files but just does not want to see the card in the Director. I have never updated the firmware in the G3-MP3 Director could that be an issue? I will go ahead and look for PNY ones to see if there is a difference. John
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    Simple Show Builder and G3-MP3 errors...

    I have problems close to this while using the MP3 tab on HU. Everything is fine and LOVE how simple it is to load the files and select the accessories (i.e. 500k for Network speed). However, everything is not what it seems. I plug the sd card in my G3-MP3 Director and the director says error, no SD card. I can look at the files on the SD card and they come with Config, MP3 Format, ENH and EXH files. Why is the card not reading???? Firmware issue? I had somewhat success with the Showtime builder but the files I wanted to load are the problem. I can load everything from my thumb drive which has all music and sequences. I used the Simple Showtime Builder but have problems with the files not being where they are supposed to be, or the files are not updating. I checked where they are supposed to be but when I save my sequences (both hard drive in the LOR directory and the thumbdrive) they go to another place. I checked the root directory and they all are in the directory but when it comes to loading them, some are there and others are not. Since I am using the G3-MP3 Director, I was able to some sequences downloaded and played it but they are the old and not updated files. Using windows 7 on my laptop to do everything but save all work on my thumb drive as it is easiest to transfer to multiple computers for back ups. Thanks in advanced! John
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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
  8. 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
  13. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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.
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