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  1. Yeah, I guess it would be a problem. In my case the computer fired up to Windows, so once Windows opened, it did the whole plug and play thing to configure the new card. It really sucks when a computer goes down. They always seem to go down at the worst possible time.
  2. OK, I missed that. I think yo got it right...try a different monitor and or port first, then a graphics card. I don't think there is any sense in a new computer until you know if it's the monitor or the graphics card.
  3. The graphics card is worth a shot. I bought a cheap refurbed computer that ran S4 no problem, but I couldn't even install S5 until I installed a cheap graphics card that could be upgraded to the proper version of OpenGL. So, install a new card or try to update the existing one (in my case I could not update the onboard graphics so had to install a new card).
  4. I'm pretty much the same way, except I use the pixels to accent my LEDs and wireframes. I might do more, but a couple of trees hide most of the front of the house, so you wouldn't see them. My neighbor has a pretty nice blow mold collection that I would LOVE to have, and he doesn't even put it all out every year. Wish I had more storage or I'd be picking some up! And like you, if they ever clear out the g3 AC controllers, I'd be picking up at LEAST a couple more! And if they ever clear out the ELLs, I'd be on a couple of those too (I know, I know, I missed out on them during the recent sale!).
  5. HI, All (AGAIN!) - Since I can no longer update/edit my original post under this similar thread title, I thought I'd re-post here with the updated data files included in one place. Here's my original post with the additional data files added where they belong. ----------------------------------------------------------- Since I have some time, and since I've had SO MUCH invaluable help here, I wanted to give something back. I put together an Audacity project file template that has a "show starts in X minutes" voice over placed at every minute marker for 5 minutes. I've also uploaded a project file in which I added, what I believe to be, free and royalty free, background music so that you can see what I did and how I did it. The voice over is from a project I was involved in when I was building my Home Theater and was a regular on the AVS Forums. A bunch of us got together and paid a professional to create a whole list of phrases, primarily for home theater. HOWEVER, there was enough generic stuff on there that I was able to create the every minute drop-ins. Last year, I had one slightly less than half hour show that I ran ran every half hour and had some dead time in between. This year I've added some new sequences, so I have enough for two mostly different half hours shows. I do not believe that I will need the entire 5 minutes between shows, but it didn't add any significant time to doing the project. In my sample project, I tried to set up the music so that you can cut it down to the length you need. Keep in mind, that you want to start from the end (the one minute and show starting) and work back to the amount of time you need. I'm thinking I WILL probably use the entire 5 minutes before the first half hour show starts, then I'll cut it down to whatever length I need for in between shows. I think you'll see that if you use the template, you can drop your own music choices in there pretty easy. I found Audacity VERY easy to use and learn. Feel free to respond with any questions. Download the template and data file, unzip the data file then open and point the au file to the data and you should be good to go. Voice only template: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zdoSTldZMIoiMzzmGHBq6itK-DWAKIY9/view?usp=sharing Voice only zipped data: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nn1ozqtFBX_CJxO2wXWD3EsyJr2pNkI1/view?usp=sharing Sample with background music: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1U3pdO84A0pyYudAR_dbiZUqgMHcBct0R/view?usp=sharing Sample with background music zipped data file: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hzHgxB6uAoua2RdXBSho1vhMXDr6UV_z/view?usp=sharing I had to give it a different name because they would ALL be named e08 so I called this "The Show Starts e08" so that you can know the difference. you should be able to do the same...unzip it to the data directory for the au file. And as I side note, I went back and dug up the info on voice over artist.... Greg O'Neil Pretty impressive work...he was the voice of Fox News (in 2006 anyway, when we hired him to do this) and he also did the trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean. Feel free to use them for your personal use as you wish and I hope you enjoy it. Please let me know if you have any questions.
  6. Thanks! It was a 10 year project...it NEEDED a GRAND Opening.
  7. No, it's the Audio Visual Sciences forum. TONS of audio, visual, Home theater (and home theater building!), equipment (receivers, players, projectors), movies,...just about anything to do with A/V. If you're interested, here's a link to my thread from ages ago now. I finished my basement into a Home Theater and had a BIG Grand Opening Party. This link will take you to the finished project. I did it all myself except hanging drywall and a buddy helped (ok I helped him) lay the carpet. Sorry, I used Photobucket to store the pictures and now they put the banners over them unless you pay (it used to be free). Just keep scrolling down for pictures. Yellow Dog Cinema on AVS Forums
  8. @lanopie - Thanks for checking it all out for me. Glad it's working for you. It's a good thing I like you. And I have some time. I had to go to the AVS forums, dig up a thread from 2006 (2006!), read through 236 (out of 274) posts to find THIS: Greg O'Neil Pretty impressive work...he was the voice of Fox News (in 2007, anyway) and he also did the trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean.
  9. @lanopie - Yeah, that's why linked to the mp3s. Silly me, I would have thought everything would be packaged together. Now I see the structure of where the data is kept. I uploaded the zipped file here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nn1ozqtFBX_CJxO2wXWD3EsyJr2pNkI1/view?usp=sharing I think if you download and unzip to the 5 Minute Voice Over_data directory it will create e08 and d08 subdirectories and the data is in the d08 subdirectory, The e08 contains only the d08 subdirectory. The above is the one that contains only the voice over at each minute. I also uploaded the one with the background music here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hzHgxB6uAoua2RdXBSho1vhMXDr6UV_z/view?usp=sharing I had to give it a different name because they would ALL be named e08 so I called this "The Show Starts e08" so that you can know the difference. you should be able to do the same...unzip it to the data directory for the Show Starts au file. Give it go and let me know how it goes. If it works as I expect, I'll update the first post with the data files.
  10. My pleasure. Let me know if you have any questions.
  11. You don't have to have a jumbo tron to got to smart pixels. I started with traditional lights and now run 3 16 AC controllers and two Pixies IIs. I use one for arches and one to line the top of my garage and around the front door. I think once your wife sees them used as accents with traditional lights, she will like them. Good luck with your display. This IS an addicting hobby.
  12. I have some of those drive in ones, too. I grew up in south New Jersey, the home of the first Drive-in. There were at least 7 drive ins within 10 miles of where I grew up, so yeah I miss them, too.
  13. OK, now that I tried to download the files, it looks like the project files won't do you any good. I'll upload them as mp3's and yo should be able to import them and edit as yo wish. The only problem is that yo can't see how the tracks are laid out when yo add the background music. When you export as mp3's, all the tracks are merged in to two stereo tracks. Sorry about this, but again, feel free with any questions. "No good deed..." huh? EDIT: mp3 links: voice over only template: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jQ1dlH3Ps1ihpm-WibefeqnJwwkdfaRS/view?usp=sharing sample with background music: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kacFGplkdUf7HwNpcZ4E1vs7dXWyXWUh/view?usp=sharing
  14. HI, All - Since I have some time, and since I've had SO MUCH invaluable help, I wanted to give something back. I put together an Audacity project file template that has a "show starts in X minutes" voice over placed at every minute marker for 5 minutes. I've also uploaded a project file in which I added, what I believe to be, free and royalty free, background music so that you can see what I did and how I did it. The voice over is from a project I was involved in when I was building my Home Theater and was a regular on the AVS forums. A bunch of us got together and paid a professional to create a whole list of phrases, primarily for home theater. HOWEVER, there was enough generic stuff on there that I was able to create the every minute drop-ins. Last year, I had one slightly less than half hour show that I ran ran every half hour and had some dead time in between. This year I've added some new sequences, so I have enough for two mostly different half hours shows. I do not believe that I will need the entire 5 minutes between shows, but it didn't add any significant time to doing the project. In my sample project, I tried to set up the music so that you can cut it down to the length you need. Keep in mind, that you want to start from the end (the one minute and show starting) and work back to the amount of time you need. I'm thinking I WILL probably use the entire 5 minutes before the first half hour show starts, then I'll cut it down to whatever length I need for in between shows. I think you'll see that if you use the template, you can drop your own music choices in there pretty easy. I found Audacity VERY easy to use and learn. Feel free to respond with any questions. Voice only template: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zdoSTldZMIoiMzzmGHBq6itK-DWAKIY9/view?usp=sharing Sample with background music: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1U3pdO84A0pyYudAR_dbiZUqgMHcBct0R/view?usp=sharing Feel free to use them as you wish and I hope you enjoy it.
  15. I'm finding the same thing. The newer ones use smaller gauge wire, AND I'm finding, fewer lights, AND cost more. Anyway, I started on one of my no-longer-motorized deer (and I KNOW I had a spare motor around here somewhere, but heck if I can find it now!) to see how it goes. So far it's OK, but I'm only half done. I found a tip to use the old school spring loaded clothes pins to tack everything in place before zip tying.
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