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  1. I also work on my MBP and then copy over the sequences to my Mac Mini running the show. I use Apple Remote Desktop to also access the Mini in and around shows for maintenance. I have been known to sit out front with my laptop into the Mini running the show making changes and editing then watching the results. I'm sure others can also do remote access like this on the Windows side, but the option to do it is really easy on the Mac so far.
  2. I have been running LOR with 12 controllers and multiple ELLs across 2 houses on a Mac ("Mini") for about 12 years. I've done XP via bootcamp way back when, and the last few years on a newer Mini via Parallels (v13.x) and Windows 7. It is all seamless and has always run well. Folding it into the Mac to have things like iTunes and Remote access have been amazing. The only snag I have come across is not getting the PixCon 16 RGB boards to work/be recognized that I bought when they first came out. LOR dismissed it when I tried to chase the issues early on. I probably need to run boot camp and set up a partition and move to 10 next year but would lose the Mac features. Crazy to see the LOR apps in the Mac dock... Not getting the RGB boards to work has frustrated the heck out of me and stopped me from moving into RGB. I need to set aside time to get the drivers sorted out when I can find time after the season. Maybe is Mac users need a support circle so we have our own "tribe".
  3. GND = negative/ground connection -12v side . POS / + / 12v side Hope that helps and good luck!
  4. Ah here it is. It's the first link don the page for the USB to Serial driver- http://www1.lightorama.com/communication/ That will get you this serial installer- http://www1.lightorama.com/downloads/CDM20830_Setup.exe I got stuck on the com port and this fixed it. You've probably resolved this by now but someone else later may find this useful.
  5. Hmmm mine is on port 3. I think there is a generic PC serial driver I needed to download when I moved to Windows 7 that Parallels doesn't have. Let me go look. I've run my LOR display (96 channels) on a Mac for 11 years. The last 2 under Parallels instead of via Boot Camp.
  6. Boot camp is just the drivers so Windows understands what sort of "PC" you're running. There's no simulation or VM under MacOS like running Parallels or VMware. Boot Camp makes it a real PC booting Windows from a separate WIN volume. PC mag even reviews Macs as regular PCs when running windows as the intel chip/set is pretty much in the same ballpark w/BC as the start up. In my case I'm running Parallels 12 as a VM on a 4 year old mini with Win 7 and not having any lag issues. My Dev machine is a 3 year old MacBook Pro running Parallels 11. Your set ups are not exactly the same so there is a lot to poke through. I'd suggest setting up a Boot Camp volume running Win 7 on the Mac. Windows 10 seems to be getting mixed results with LOR from all that I've read so thats why I went w/ 7 instead of 10 this year when my 11 year old Mini died running Boot Camp and XP. Long shot is make sure you have the latest drivers for Boot Camp and w10 along with the latest serial/USB drivers from LOR. I know I needed a fresh LOR serial driver download this year. Mac / LOR users unite!! :-)
  7. I love Kevin's work and plan to have him tune up / add some more for me for 2017. Hundreds/thousands are spent on displays, c'mon folks his work is awesome and incredibly affordable.
  8. Our local Lowes went 90% off. 100ct mini's @ .23c a string to start. Cases of 12 were running about 3 bucks including tax. Yeah- I stocked up....
  9. Why incan? For part if my display it makes sense. Our local place went 90% off so 100ct mini incans are 23 cents a string case of 12 with tax is 3 bucks. That makes them cheap enough I don't try to salvage them when the squirrels chew the plugs off them. I just cut the dead strands off the tree trunk and limbs at the end of the season. I would be upset to buy LEDs each year to replace them from squirrel damage. They love the plugs and the Acorn tree so this is how we co-exist. My .02
  10. Wanted to add- I hauled my MacBook Pro, a 1602, and a handful of lights to do the 2 day LOR emersion course at Christmas Expo a couple years ago. There were 2 of us there in Ft Worth on Macs for the event. We buddy'd up and had no problem working through the course including the mini SuperStar session at the end. I went so I could get up to speed on S4 and work on transitioning to S4 from 2.9.4 but never got around to it. This year fate forced my hand. I have to say I'm glad I moved to Parallels instead of going Boot Camp again.
  11. Hi Guys- I didn't see the OP in 2014. I've run Parallels on my MacBook Pro expressly for LOR. I ran my show with XP and Boot Camp on a Mac Mini until this year when my Mini logic board failed during set up. The Mini had been the show computer for those 9 years trouble free until about 10 minutes into my booting up and setting up for this year on the day before my show start. Bad timing. I had to start over but was able to salvage the LOR folder because Boot Camp was a separate partition on the hard drive. I ran LOR 2.9.4 until this year and moved to 4.3.1. I wanted to explain my setup so you'd know where I'm coming from. So now this year I'm running Parallels 12 on a new Mac Mini for the show and have been running version 11 and back to about version 4 on my MacBook Pro for probably 6-7 years to sequence. I have XP and 7 running on the MacBook Pro right now and will probably kill of XP once I move all my older partially sampled songs out of there since I don't run XP and 2.9.4 anymore. I didn't run into any Parallels install issues or dev issues of note over the years. I did have to run the CDM20814_Setup.exe program to get LOR to see the 485 USB box. The LOR install(s) and upgrades over time have been easy/straight forward. I did mess up the resolution config on the MacBook Pro so dialog boxes look scrunched. I've been too lazy to try and correct it. I'm not quite sure what do say except pull the LOR folder out and do an uninstall then put the ("Light-O-Rama") folder back in the Program Files folder. Then when you do the install, tell it that's where you want to "put" the Light-O-Rama install. It should see your folder with all the assets and it should work. In my case it kept all of the older files and put the new ones alongside them. The sequences themselves run fine on the new machine. The 2 "bugs" I will say were kind of frustrating: this time around things were unclear as to put the LOR folder inside the "Program Files (x86) " folder. I think LOR said to put the old LOR folder there. Once I ran the Verifier it found a ton of stuff broken trying to find assets in the regular "Program Files" / LOR folder. When it asked where to find/put I had to dupe the LOR folder as a quick work around so it would find everything. LOR doesn't go into the files and update the paths even though I told it to look in the (x86) folder. It found the apps and some files there like sequences, but I had to redo my schedule editor to remap where to find the show schedules it looks for. I was hesitant to run Parallels on the show Mac but performance had been very good and I have not had a single glitch with the show running unassisted for over a week now. I like being able to use Apple Remote Desktop to be outside or around the house and be able to transfer songs, look around, etc. I have an iOS remote access app that I use for accessing my other Mine that is a web server. I plan on trying out connecting to the show mini. It would be a lot easier to be outside working on the show with Sequence Editor via iPad instead of the MacBook Pro. I attached a pic of the show Mini desktop. I normally run Windows full screen. This was the largest image the forum would let me upload. I'm happy to take part in a group of us that run Macs and LOR and shares feedback and advise. Search bait: Macintosh, Mac, VMware, MacOS, iOS, El Capitan
  12. I'm sorry Holliday Lights Express. http://www.holiday-light-express.com http://www.holiday-light-express.com/RGBlights.php
  13. To continue on- or compare Ray Wu to like HLE's pixel offerings.
  14. aw heck, can I get this one as well, James? email in my past PMs Thx in advance!
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