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  1. Just a quick update, I was able to run my first sequence today!! WooHoo!!!
  2. OK, sorry for the delay everyone and appreciate the responses I have had significant issues with trying to set up the network, this is my first year trying to go through ethernet/cat5 and trying to use an old work computer that has its own issues. I also had to move everything, wife feels that the kitchen table is not the appropriate place for testing... That said I think I am in good shape with the Hardware test, HUGE sigh of relief! Originally with all my network issues (yes I had wifi turned off) I gave up configing the board which started me on this hardware test journey, alas, as DevMike indicated, there was no getting around that. I was trying to run Cat5 directly from PC to pixcon board, and I was getting inconsistent connection results and it was just a mess Went out and got a router and plugged both computer and pixcon board into router set my computer up with a static IP, (yes, i had to watch a youtube vid to figure out how to set a static IP, so sad) router IP is board is running on DHCP and currently reading I made 2 changes to the board settings from the default Pixel Type: from TLS3001 to WS2811/12 Number of Nodes (pixels) per port: 50 to 100 Note: I am getting below error trying to save settings to pixcon board "An error occured updating the board. The error information is: Error number:529 Description: Configuration Update does not match (Debug Info: Pos:162.142 141) Please ensure that the board is still powered up and connected to the network. Retry the update" I was reading some other posts which eluded to the board rebooting and not having enough time before the timeout expected a response, so I am thinking its something like that... Anyway, upon searching for board again and seeing the settings on the board, it looks as though the settings are saving just fine. Additionally, as indi and MrP indicated, even though I felt like I had already checked 1000 times, a fuse was blown. So with that swapped I powered the board back up and put in hardware mode. I have 100 beautifully blinking pixels behind me as I type, scared to turn it off actually. Now, to focus a bit on power, because this is where my inexperience will show... Right now on the board, on the misc tab I am getting the following: Bank 1 Voltage 14V Bank 2 Voltage 14.1V Sounds like based on indi's comments this might be too much power and possibly blow fuses, put extra wear on lights, etc. I would like to discuss further so I am going to start another thread on PixCon16 power supply, I am very interested in UncleDan's comment on power injection and curious on how others have wired their solution and possibly discuss what power supplies you all are using. Wondering if that post is more for general rather than here in LOR Hardware category... larryk5, your comment on the wrong-end being wired is interesting, on the pixels the wiring instructions are as follows: "wiring instruction: input:the side without IC of the pcb the first wire from left: DC12V+ middle wire:DAT the left wire from the left: GND" So... as you can see, clear as mud instructions. but the one that reads "input:the side without IC of the pcb" is interesting however I have no clue what it means. Saxon, thanks for your point out on the clock lead. Thank you all so much for contributing, I was scared I had a $700 pile of nothing here. Always nerve wracking to take on a new technology, I went though a similar feeling when I went Dumb RGB and CCR, but this has been much worse, you all however have saved me! Shouldn't be too long for my next post.
  3. I appreciate all the replies, every little bit helps, i have been doing LOR for 10 years now, the last few have been with dumb RGB and CCR's, I am diving into pixcon/smart pixels head first and crashing. Truth is I am neither a computer network guru nor any smarts around electrical wiring. But I am eager to learn and try and keep trying until I get it right. I appreciate everyone's advice and planning on doing some more testing today. I will let you all know what i find in the next few hours. DevMike,Indi,Larryk5,UncleDan,MrP, thank you for taking the time to reply, the fact that you have taken the time to read my post and reply is awesome!! Thank you so much!!
  4. Hi All I've been struggling for 2 days and hoping to connect with someone to assist me with my new PixCon16. After several failed attempts to send data from my computer to the pixcon board I am trying to just start with basics. I am now just trying to determine if my board and lights are good first. I have reset the factory settings on the PixCon16 board. My setup: 2 of the following power supplies (https://www.radioshack.com/products/radioshack-13-8vdc-19a-power-supply?variant=5717083653) 1 string of lights on channel 1 (http://www.aliexpress.com/item/18AWG-wire-100pcs-string-DC12V-12mm-WS2811-addressable-RGB-led-smart-pixel-node-with-all-BLACK/32660514511.html) and one PixCon16 board, brand new delivered 2 weeks ago. I was able to connect to the board via my computer and was able to verify the firmware as 1.4.9 (this is even higher than what is currently published on the LOR support site, it shows the latest firmware as 1.4.8) Now I have taken the board off the network, done a factory reset, powered down and then powered back up Power Light: solid ON Status Light: solid ON This is suppose to indicate that the board is powered and is receiving data (though no cat5/data is running to the board) I then hold the Factory IP button for 3 seconds to put into Hardware test Power Light: solid ON Status Light: flashing rapidly This indicates that the hardware test is running However, no lights are lighting When I initially powered the board the lights did flash briefly white, so I think the lights are working. This flash of white on the string of lights/pixels does not happen every time i power the board though. Unfortunately I have no way to test lights independent of the board at this time. First question, obviously, do you see anything wrong with above? Secondly, in the config tool there is a setting on defining what type of pixels are running (in this case WS2811). Do you think that the pixels have to be defined before the hardware test pattern to run correctly? Or should the hardware test be able to run out of the box with its factory settings irregardless of the type of pixels? Appreciate any assistance!! Thanks
  5. Dennis, thanks for the reply, whats confusing to me is what I was reading in Help... Just wondering what all this means, especially the Master/Slave part... Help> Visualizer > Advanced Topics > Using Cosmic Color Devises in the Visualizer CCR Options and Addressing In the real world, a CCR/CCB consists of 50 pixels or bulbs tied to a single controller. However, this may not be convenient when working in the Visualizer, so they can be handled in two different ways: Full CCR/CCB Fixtures or Master/Slave CCR/CCB. In the end, both ways will simulate the same way; the only difference is how the CCR/CCB fixtures are defined. Full CCR/CCB Fixtures (single master) Using this method, a single CCR/CCB fixture in the Visualizer represents a single physical CCR/CCB. In this way, all 50 pixels are assigned to the same Visualizer fixture regardless of where they are placed on the stage. Simply set the "Physical Starting Pixel" to 1, and set the rest of the CCR/CCB parameters as needed. Master/Slave CCR/CCB (split CCR/CCB) This is the recommended method. Using this method, two or more fixtures represent a single physical CCR/CCB. This allows you to group consecutive like-pixels together for easier editing. The CCR/CCB with physical pixel #1 is considered the "master". To create "slaves", specify a physical pixel number greater than 1 with the same Network and Base Unit ID as the master. You cannot specify a unit ID mode, channel mode, or resolution on slave CCRs/CCBs.
  6. Fairly new to CCR's... Here is my issue: I am NOT physically cutting or altering CCR however I would like to split it in the programming sense and having issues with getting the lights to turn on. For simplicity lets assume i have 1 CCR, which is 16 foot long. In programming I would like to control the first 6 feet of the CCR completely differently than the next 10 feet. Calculations: Have CCR identified as 50 pixels (50*3=150 lights on ribbon) 6 foot section is 19 pixels or 57 (19*3) lights 10 foot section is 31 pixels or 93 (31*3) lights Here is what I have done thus far... 1. Open Visualizer, new file 2. Draw 1 CCR using the CCR draw wizard (color wheel icon with the black checkmark) 3. Identify CCR with CCR prop name "CCR1_6FOOT" with 19 pixels 4. Click "create as many new fixtures as required" option 5. right click on the line drawn and select properties (fixture properties) 6. set fixture properties as follows: Name: CCR1_6FOOT - CCR 1 Type: Cosmic Color Ribbon Part of Prop: CCR1_6FOOT Level: 1 (Background) Locked: unchecked # of Pixels: 19 Virtual Bulbs Size: 2 Spacing: 1 (greyed out) Shape: CCR Single Bulb (min. size 1) (greyed out) Background color: black RGB Sample Color: Black Cosmic Color Ribbon Physical Starting Pixel Number: 1 Network: Regular Base Unit ID: 01 Unit ID Mode: Normal (single ID) Channel Mode: Triples (RGB, RGB...) Resolution: 50 Pixels 7. Draw second CCR using the CCR draw wizard (color wheel icon with the black checkmark) 8. Identify CCR with CCR prop name "CCR1_10FOOT" with 31 pixels 9. Click "create as many new fixtures as required" option 10. right click on the line drawn and select properties (fixture properties) 11. set fixture properties as follows: Name: CCR1_10FOOT - CCR 1 Type: Cosmic Color Ribbon Part of Prop: CCR1_10FOOT Level: 1 (Background) Locked: unchecked # of Pixels: 31 Virtual Bulbs Size: 2 Spacing: 1 (greyed out) Shape: CCR Single Bulb (min. size 1) (greyed out) Background color: black RGB Sample Color: Black Cosmic Color Ribbon Physical Starting Pixel Number: 20 << Network: Regular Base Unit ID: 01 <<< same unit ID Unit ID Mode: Normal (single ID) Channel Mode: Triples (RGB, RGB...) Resolution: 50 Pixels 12. Save visualizer file 13. Open SuperStar sequencer 14. Import visualization 15. Program.... I do notice there is a white dotted line for the split between the 19 and 31 pixels 16. Export sup file 17. Open Sequencer 18. Play sequence while controlling lights. Problem: only the 6 foot section of lights actually shows, the 10 foot sections are unlit even though they have been programmed and I can see them when I play the drawing in superstar, any ideas? Additional questions: I feel like I am missing a major concept, still can't say I 100% understand the difference between a fixture and a prop. I am under the assuption that a prop is a grouping of fixtures, not even sure if this really matters for what I am trying to program..., could someone clarify? Should I be assigning both fixtures to the same prop or does this really matter? I also would like to see the 6 foot section and 10 foot section in super star as seperate lines, but if that cannot be done, is their a way to run the instant sequence option in superstar so it thinks the 6 foot section and 10 foot section are 2 seperate ribbons. I would like to program them as 2 seperate ribbons, even though physically they are 1 ribbon? Can I control lights in superstar directly? I feel like I am missing just a small simple piece of the puzzle, either that or the functionality doesn't exist. Any help is GREATLY appreciated!!!!
  7. knew i was panicing and it was something simple.... DISABLE SHOWS,,, duh
  8. Pardon me for not searching forums first but very desperate --- One of my 10 controllers is not funtioning I plug it in - flashing read light run hardware - find the controller on network, solid red light however i am not able to turn the lights on, i plug the lights in a normal outlet and they work. I am refreshing the network in the hardware utility each time i am plugging lights into controller. Any ideas?? This was all working a few nights ago before rain started poping all my GFI's, figured this was just a water issue however now that i have disconnected everything and troubleshooting from the box out, it seems as though the pigs on the box are not getting any power, despite power (led light) on the board itself. Off to searh forums now, thanks in advance for any assistance, i am sure i am just panicing and its something stupid im not doing... FYI - controller is a 1602W (green board), also i have 9 other controllers all functioning fine, so dont think its a software/firmware issue. Thanks
  9. Awesome man! Great job for a first year display. Are you using speakers or an FM transmitter for the music? Now that your hooked into this crazy hobby, what are your plans for next season?
  10. awesome job man, really well done for a first year sequence. I especially like the roof!!
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