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    Christmas

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    4.3.14
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  1. I believe I've encountered a serious bug in the AlphaPix firmware ZIG function. AlphaPix 4, of which I have two, will not work if you use the Zig function AND you have null pixels in line. Holiday Coro has suggested a workaround which I have not tried yet. But Holiday Coro didn't actually admit to testing the bug or confirming that an AlphaPix board will function properly with BOTH Zig and Nulls in use. They just said they hadn't heard of any issues. I find it unlikely that I got the only two boards that malfunction when both nulls and zig exist. What appears to happen is the zig will start counting at the first pixel in line, rather than the first ACTIVE pixel. So your matrix display will be off zig by the number of null pixels you declared, in my case 4 null pixels. Their workaround is to change the start address from channel 1 to channel 13 ( 3 RGB channels x 4 null pixels = 12 channels of null). My ultimate workaround will be to relocate the board and power supply so null pixels will not be needed. Anyone considering a Holiday Coro controller should get this clarified before committing to purchase. MOVED FROM INCORRECT FORUM 6NOV2017 UPDATE: Just informed by HC that this bug has been confirmed and firmware update is in the works. I can heartily recommend these boards if new firmware is provided, or if null and zig are NOT required simultaneously The output drivers on these boards are blazing! I've gone 30 feet from the board without null pixels! Of course, your results depend on the wire, routes, and area interference you may encounter. But way better than my Sandevices can do.
  2. I believe I've encountered a serious bug in the AlphaPix firmware ZIG function. AlphaPix 4, of which I have two, will not work if you use the Zig function AND you have null pixels in line. Holiday Coro has suggested a workaround which I have not tried yet. But Holiday Coro didn't actually admit to testing the bug or confirming that an AlphaPix board will function properly with BOTH Zig and Nulls in use. They just said they hadn't heard of any issues. I find it unlikely that I got the only two boards that malfunction when both nulls and zig exist. What appears to happen is the zig will start counting at the first pixel in line, rather than the first ACTIVE pixel. So your matrix display will be off zig by the number of null pixels you declared, in my case 4 null pixels. Their workaround is to change the start address from channel 1 to channel 13 ( 3 RGB channels x 4 null pixels = 12 channels of null). My ultimate workaround will be to relocate the board and power supply so null pixels will not be needed. Anyone considering a Holiday Coro controller should get this clarified before committing to purchase.
  3. Oldest Sequencer Here?

    I'm 69. I'm expecting a magic year.
  4. TSO - Paul O'Neil has passed

    Paul O'Neil, founder of the Trans Siberian Orchestra, has passed away at age 61. Thought you should know.
  5. I'm thinking of wrapping some small tree shaped shrubs in smart pixels. What's the best choice? Up and down like a mega tree? Or spiral around like string lights? Or some other method? What do you think will give me the most flexibility. Keep in mind that these are too small, say 50 to 100 pixels on the shrub, to be effective as matrices.
  6. There seems to be a recurring impression that bacon is bad for you and your heart. Turns out, the deadliest thing in that BLT is the bread! I'm serious. Not only that, lard is actually not bad. Reference: "Why We Get Fat and What to do About It" by Gary Taubes. I lost 24 pounds by eating man food. Meat...good. Flour and sugar....bad.
  7. How is your display take-down coming along?

    After the great response this year (everybody says Merry Christmas now instead of "Happy Holidays"), managed to take down all the pixicles from the roof. The ground props can be done anytime, even in bad weather. It was COLD on the roof! Should have made the penguins do that work. Winter depression setting in as snow is on the way and no lights or music anymore. Time to start bugging LOR for new software! Haha!
  8. Layering of effects

    Maybe he means Kopi Luwak coffee. Finest kind!
  9. Power Supply Cooling Fans

    if the fans are kicking in, it means the supply is reaching high enough temperatures to need them. I got a replacement for one of mine at Newegg.com. Lots of choices there.
  10. Windows 10 (Home edition) annoyingly downloads updates and reboots the computer when it thinks you're not looking. This is a well documented incurable hazard which leaves the show computer not running the show and the happy little message "Windows has updated your computer." If I shut off wifi and internet connections, it just locks up until internet is restored. Is there a way to build a task or batch that will load the LOR control panel/listener and start up my schedule automatically when the computer restarts?
  11. Windows 10 issues

    Whoa! I have to correct myself here! This is the first season running Win10 on the show computer. I noticed that every morning, it was totally locked up. Even though all sleep and power down modes were disabled and automatic updates were off, I suspected it was stalled waiting for internet access. When I say locked, I mean LOCKED. Not even ctrl-alt-del worked. No response from mouse or keyboard. It had to be unplugged to power it down and reboot. Turned on wifi, and thus internet access, and it hasn't stalled in several days. So maybe Win10 MUST have internet?
  12. preview file?

    How is the preview info saved in PE? I have Xmas eve sarajevo on my show computer and had to make a change to a prop. I saved that as a preview with a new name. Now I want to transfer that preview to my programming computer, so I copied every file of xmas eve sarajevo to a thumb drive and then onto the programming computer. When I load the sequence into PE on the programming computer, it comes up with the old preview file. Why didn't the new preview follow? Do I need to import it? How?
  13. FM Transmitter

    Every year we go through this. If you want a tiny bit more range, just extend the antenna wire that came with your transmitter. In many cases the transmitter is overpowered but complies by shortening the antenna. There are NO empty bands in my area, so I just step on a very weak foreign language station. So far, no men in black have knocked on my door.
  14. Windows 10 issues

    Once the computer is up for the season, I turn off the wifi. I also tell it never to sleep. The only network windows sees is the LOR Ethernet with no internet connection. So it can't do any updates without me there.
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