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paulanator

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About paulanator

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  • Birthday 12/01/1960

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    Male
  • Location
    Lebanon, OR
  • Occupation
    Business Owner Computer Repair

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  • Interests
    7th year with LOR. Have about 60,000 lights, 23 controllers, 6 DMX Universes.
  • How I learned about Light-O-Rama -
    Internet
  • Favorite Decorating Holiday?
    Christmas

LOR Software

  • LOR Software Version
    4.2.12
  • License Level
    Advanced

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  1. Thank you for your ideas on this, We finally figured it out today, thanks to my friend who ran a TV shop for about 20 years. We put a 100uf capacitor across the channel, and that worked. Needless to say I was amazed, but he said something about the pulse width modulation and the capacitor storing up the power to give it a full 12v to the solenoid. Strange fix, but it works. I am still confused of why it worked for a long time, then didn't. But we have a fix and all is well. Thanks again for your taking time to help troubleshoot. Paul
  2. Do you mean fried the solenoid? Not sure about the catch diode. It does have an led near where the power comes in. The LED lights up ok.
  3. I have a problem my partner and I have been troubleshooting for a couple of days. I have a CMB16D-QC that had been running for several years. It runs a 12v Solenoid (for pneumatics on my snowman) Suddenly last year it stopped working. We replaced the solenoid and same issue. What happens is that a signal is sent to the controller board and nothing happens. The solenoid works with the manual switch on it. The light on the solenoid lights up when a signal is applied and the solenoid makes a low humming sound. But the signal from the computer will not activate the solenoid. We found there is a voltage drop to 7v when the load is applied with the signal (see below) Here is one little point that hopefully I don't get beat up on, but I am using Xlights as my software and running this through a Falcon controller with DMX. Again, it was working and all of the other DC boards and LOR stuff is working great. I just wanted to mention this in case there could be some odd issue there. It ran fine on the LOR network and ran fine for a couple of years on the falcon/xlights network. Lastly, one odd thing, both of the boards I am using have a Transistor broken off from cable stress. I never even realized it til now. It would not make sense that would affect the other channels, but I thought I would mention it. Troubleshooting steps We have tried: Another exact same board, same exact problem Measured voltages on the channels and with no load, the channels are getting 12v when the signal is sent Measured the load while signal is being applied and the voltage drops to 7v. This is consistent with both boards and even a second Solenoid) This is the obvious problem. Measured current across the channel and it was normal, and not pulling more than .15a when applying the signal Summary The one thing I have not tried, and that will be tomorrow, is to add 12v to the barrel connector. It is odd that it worked for several years, then suddenly stopped working. If anyone has any ideas or thoughts on this, I would appreciate some feedback. Thanks, Paul
  4. Dennis, thank you so much for the quick response, that looks like it did it! I really appreciate your help, Paul
  5. I am setting up my E682 with 5 arches of 125 pixels each. I set up LOR to be Universes 4-8. I just want each arch to be on its own Universe, with Channel 1 starting on each Universe. On the E682 board, I am using slots 1-1 through 1-4, and 2-1. Having a bit of difficultly understanding how to set that up in the E682 Screen. I read the manual, and it says use a UNIVERSE command, but the 4.051 firmware does not seem to allow you to type in more than two characters. It is probably something simple that I am missing. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Paul
  6. Hey Gang, I was looking for some feedback on Windows 10 and how well it works with LOR. I am building a new system, and my main interest is how well it works with the software. Thanks
  7. I really like the Pixel editor from what I have seen and played with. I want to get an early start this year on using it and adding some arches along with several other pixel elements I already have in the display. I am going to have 5 new arches across the driveway. 100 pixels on each arch. What I am looking for is what would be the best way to set this up in the pixel editor. I would like them to act like a grid even though I know it is not a great grid, I would like to be able to program across all the pixels. I tried setting it up as 5 - 100 pixel arches individual and grouping them, and that just seems to make them all do the same thing or act individually. Any ideas on how I can do this? Am I nuts? Ok, never mind on the second question, I have that answer already! Thanks, Paul
  8. Ron, Thank you so much for your quick reply! I really appreciate your help and sharing your hard work. Paul
  9. Hey Ron, could you share the Coro RGB candy cane again, I could really use that. Thanks, Paul
  10. Hey James, I would also appreciate a copy if you don't mind. Thank you for your generosity. Paul paul@paulrepair.com
  11. Hey Mark, thanks for the great document on strobes. I have a few of those where the base have come off, now I know what to do.
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