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  1. That's an issue with Windows and the installation of LOR software. Uninstall and then re-install. If that does not fix it, please contact the help desk and we'll send you the registry wipe program which will clear it up.
  2. Today we released version 4.4.6 of the Light-O-Rama Software Suite. This is an official production release, not a beta release. This release includes various bug fixes and updates to SuperStar. How to check if your license covers this version To check whether or not your license covers this version, please go to the license retrieval page, and enter your email address (the one you purchased your license with). An email should then be sent to you with information about your license. The "Summary" section of the email will tell you whether or not your license covers the latest version. If the email says... Your license covers the latest version, 4.4.*. ... then your license already covers this version. You can use it without making any additional purchase. Please note, though, that your computer may not yet understand that your license covers this version, so when you install, it might tell you that you are running in Demo mode. In this case, simply reactivate your license (for example, via "Upgrade Light-O-Rama" on the Sequence Editor's "Help" menu), and your computer will then learn that your license is valid for this version. On the other hand, if the email instead says... Your license does not cover the latest version, 4.4.*. ... then your license does not cover this version. In that case, you have several options: Upgrading or Renewing Your License (1) You can continue using whatever version your license does cover (for example, perhaps your license covers version 4.1). (2) If you want to take this opportunity to increase your license level to take advantage of additional features, you can purchase a license level upgrade. This counts as a license renewal too - that is, your license will now work with this new version (and some future versions too). So, if you do this, there is no reason to also purchase a license renewal. (3) If you already own a Light-O-Rama license, but you do not currently own Light-O-Rama SuperStar, or if you want to upgrade SuperStar to a higher number of CCRs/channels, you could purchase or upgrade SuperStar. This also counts as a license renewal for the rest of the Light-O-Rama software suite, so if you do this, there is no reason to also purchase a license renewal. Please note that you must already own a license for the rest of the Light-O-Rama software suite in order to take this option. (4) If you do not want to purchase a license level upgrade or Light-O-Rama SuperStar, you can purchase a license renewal. Your license will now work with the new version (and some future versions too), at the same license level as it currently does. For example, if you have an Advanced license, it will remain an Advanced license, but it will now cover the new version of software. What's New in Version 4.4.6 Updated installation system Ability to configure newer PixCon Firmware Versions SuperStar improvements Bug Fixes How To Get the Latest Version You can download the new version from the software download page. If that page lists a different version number as the latest version, please click your browser's refresh button. 4.4.6 can be found towards the bottom of the page in the 'Past Versions' section Thank You!
  3. When it's done, we will post it. Until then this should get you going: If you are not using Director Link, the N4G4 can be considered the same as the G3MP3 except it has 4 ports instead of 2. You can use all 4 ports, and Hub makes it clear what is going to happen. If you ARE using Director Link, the help file has what you need to use the director link features of the N4G4.
  4. This probably is not of interest to most of you, but I'd like to share. In the past year or so I have worked on designing electronics hardware for myself and learning how to control it with Windows IOT. I've played around with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, PICs, and some discrete logic stuff (I have not got to ARM/ST Micro YET). Eventually I want to build this: https://eater.net/8bit - a real computer that only uses LSxx logic gates (well, and some other stuff - but no CPUs). I've been slowly building up my lab, and last year I purchased a digital scope (A Siglent SDS1104X-E 100Mhz 4 channel that I then upgraded to 200Mhz). It's great and is a lot of fun to use and learn about circuits . I even diagnosed an issue with a Servodog using it! If you don't know, I like to solder - I find it a very Zen thing to put a board together. So needing some practice I looked around and found this: a $23 pocket oscilloscope called the DSO 138. I put it together over the weekend and it's not bad. If you like to put kits together, I recommend it. The SMT stuff is pre-soldered to the board which is nice. The through hole stuff is small pitch so your solder skills will need to be sharp - or will be sharpened! There is not a lot of hand holding here. You'll get a bag of parts, a PCB, and 2 pages of instructions which amount to "Put this component in this place". Everything is just in the bag loose, so you are going to be sorting parts, measuring components (to make sure you get the right one in the right spot), etc. From start to finish it took me about 4 hours. If you don't like to solder, I have even better news for you. The DSO 138 is actually LESS EXPENSIVE if you purchase it already put together. In fact, I have seen it for as little as $12 on the chineseium sites like Alibaba/etc. The DSO 138 does require a 9V source, and many people run it from a 9V battery. Otherwise a 9V power supply will run you around $5. You may even have a 9V supply laying around your house. The board only draws 150mA so pretty much ANY 9V DC wall wart should work. I do recommend that you purchase a probe or 2. The alligator clip thing that comes with it is not going to work for anything in circuit. Probes can be had for as little as $9 on Amazon. I personally would add $2 to that for $11 total and get TWO probes. I use the probes that came with my big bench scope, so I can't really speak to how well those work. You may also want a case. If you have a 3D printer, print one 🙂 So if you look around really hard you could get it complete for $20. Or don't look so hard just get it from amazon and spend around $32. I remember in the early 90s a TEK scope was around $12,000. Even my Siglent was $500. Just a few years ago the display alone was that price. Buy it to have a toy to play with 🙂 NOTE: I am NOT an electronics person. My 'big' bench scope is entry level, and I am sure this thing is a joke to anyone who knows anything about electronics. I'm sure the probes I linked to are also not 'high quality'. Some Video on how to use it:
  5. Her late husband was a prolific collector. I am not kidding when I say I have a ton of these ornaments. But on top of that he collected Trains, Barbie's (well, I think she collected those), Hess Trucks, etc. The every empty storage place in the house is literally packed with stuff. Just recently I helped her & my dad load up a Pod with all the Barbie's (and barbie keepsake ornaments. Sheesh!) , Hess Trucks, and trains to send to her daughter out of state (the grand kids wanted them). We packed it tightly - from the very back to the very front, 4 feet high of stuff NRFB, most mint. I was hoping to sell these as whole collections to another collector. I will end up putting these up on eBay in probably 5 ornament lots..
  6. My father’s girlfriend has tasked me with selling her late husband’s Hallmark Keepsake Ornament collection. A collection that can only be described as ‘A MFT of ornaments from around 1990 – 2013, beyond the scope of human imagination’. I only have the first 3 boxes worth – I believe she said she has another 8 full boxes after these that I have not seen. Hallmark Store explosion? Check my office. Chances are if it was sold between 1990 and 2013 at Hallmark, I probably have it (or will have it). Some go back as far as 1987 (that I have found so far). She has complete sets (up to 2013) of things like ‘Decades’, ‘Crayola’, ‘All American Trucks’, ‘Classic American Cars’, ‘Fire Brigade’, ‘Corvettes’. Also: one-offs of a bunch of different cars, and collector club exclusives. Some are even autographed by the original designers. There are even a bunch of Enesco ornaments, if that was your thing. If you or someone you know collects these, please put them in contact with me. As I catalog each set/box I can give specifics of what she has. I do plan on putting these on eBay in the future. The ornaments themselves are all mint/near mint. Some boxes do show slight storage wear. Most boxes are ‘excellent’ or above. A few are ‘Very Good’. Here are the first 2 sets I have cataloged. Prices as shown + shipping to you. I don't believe in forcing you to haggle, so these prices are firm. I intend on using Priority Mail, and you will pay exact shipping that I pay. For the most part, these prices are 60% of the list price. There are some rare and autographed which are higher. Keep an eye on this post, as if there is interest I will be posting the other sets as I finish cataloging. The next sets posted will probably be 'Decade' and 'Fire Brigade'. You guys get first crack. In a few days these are going up on eBay. All American Trucks.txt Crayola.txt
  7. Pixielink: Other way around. It takes E1.31-like data and outputs ELOR/Pixel Protocol. It may actually be E1.31 or may be something else (like what I envisioned when I created the Net Prefs program: LOR:ACN). I am not involved with the development of Pixielink. I just learned that we don't have an N4 G4 manual made yet. Dan said "We have not made the G4 manual yet. Will get it done shortly. " The N4 G4 works pretty much like the G3 MP3 director, but instead of 2 networks, it has 4 (or 3 + Director Link). The help file for Hub describes how to use Director Link. http://www.lightorama.com/help/index.html?differences_between_mp3_direct.htm http://www.lightorama.com/help/how_to_use_director-link.htm http://www.lightorama.com/help/advanced_sd_card_wizard.htm Etc.
  8. No LOR MP3 Director works with E1.31/Ethernet. I'll see why the N4-G4 manual is not posted. Can post a link to the page that is linking the N4 G4 to the G3?
  9. FYI: We have a few more answers today. Orders and shipping are currently open as Dan is boxing things up and the delivery services are picking up. Please see my update in the important announcements.
  10. Look at using the shell command functions of the software. If your Insteon controller has a command line program, you can call that from a sequence in a batch file. http://www.lightorama.com/help/index.html?windows_shell_command.htm
  11. Edit - 03/24: After running the client for a day on 3 different machines, I really can't recommend anyone else run this. I am all for providing help, but the software just seems to have a few too many bugs. if you are computer savvy, go for it. Otherwise, I wouldn't bother. Sorry 😞 Looking to help with research into Covid 19 (and other nasty diseases)? Sign up for https://foldingathome.org/ Folding at home is a distributed computing project that helps researchers look for cures for some nasty diseases like Alzheimer's, Cancers, etc. Currently they are pushing out work looking for answers to Covid-19. All you have to do is download and install their client. When you computer has spare processing time, it is put to use 'folding' proteins. I don't know what that means, but if it helps I'm game! You can also join the Light-O-Rama team (just created). Our team number is 249647
  12. COVID-19 Announcement! Our manufacturing and repair departments are closed. We cannot in good consensus remain 100% operational. It would be selfish and totally irresponsible to consider profits over our employee's health. We will continue to pay our employees for as long as we can. The Owner and his wife will ship in-stock items. IN STOCK ITEMS ARE SHIPPING WITHIN ONE BUSINESS DAY!!
  13. It's been my experience on the phone with people that wire colors are all over the map. Even ordering from the same person/factory in China can net you different colors on 2 orders. In fact I was just talking to someone yesterday that had Red, White and Yellow for 2811s. If I had to guess it would be Red +, White -, Yellow D+.
  14. Today we released production version 5.4.2 of the Light-O-Rama Software Suite. This is an official production release, not a beta release. S5 fully integrates the Pixel Editor, Sequence Editor, and Visualizer into a single program and adds many enhancements to help you program large channel count stages. S5 uses a different methodology called 'Visual Sequencing' to create amazing sequences and has new automatic programming tools called 'Motion Effects' that will speed your sequencing. For more information on S5, please see the "Sequencer (Showtime 5)" section of our Tutorials and PDFs page on our main website. The latest S5 help can always be found online here: http://www1.lightorama.com/downloads/5.4.2/help/ How to check if your license covers this version To check whether or not your license covers this version, please go to the license retrieval page, and enter your email address (the one you purchased your license with). An email should then be sent to you with information about your license. The "Summary" section of the email will tell you whether or not your license covers the latest version. If the email says... Your license covers the latest version, 5.4.*. ... then your license already covers this version. You can use it without making any additional purchase. Please note, though, that your computer may not yet understand that your license covers this version, so when you install, it might tell you that you are running in Demo mode. In this case, simply reactivate your license (for example, via "Upgrade Light-O-Rama" on the Sequence Editor's "Help" menu), and your computer will then learn that your license is valid for this version. On the other hand, if the email instead says... Your license does not cover the latest version, 5.4.*. ... then your license does not cover this version. In that case, you have several options: Upgrading or Renewing Your License (1) You can continue using whatever version your license does cover (for example, perhaps your license covers version 4.1). (2) If you want to take this opportunity to increase your license level to take advantage of additional features, you can purchase a license level upgrade. This counts as a license renewal too - that is, your license will now work with this new version (and some future versions too). So, if you do this, there is no reason to also purchase a license renewal. (3) If you already own a Light-O-Rama license, but you do not currently own Light-O-Rama SuperStar, or if you want to upgrade SuperStar to a higher number of CCRs/channels, you could purchase or upgrade SuperStar. This also counts as a license renewal for the rest of the Light-O-Rama software suite, so if you do this, there is no reason to also purchase a license renewal. Please note that you must already own a license for the rest of the Light-O-Rama software suite in order to take this option. (4) If you do not want to purchase a license level upgrade or Light-O-Rama SuperStar, you can purchase a license renewal. Your license will now work with the new version (and some future versions too), at the same license level as it currently does. For example, if you have an Advanced license, it will remain an Advanced license, but it will now cover the new version of software. What's New in Version 5.4.2 5.4.2 resolves an issue with the installer; When some users enabled a show they might get an error stating ”Shows cannot be enabled because of an error. ActiveX component can’t create object/LORMonitor". Also, LORHub may crash when trying to create an SD card. Various other Bug Fixes and improvements. How To Get the Latest Version You can download the new version from the software download page. If that page lists a different version number as the latest version, please click your browser's refresh button. Thank You!
  15. Jim - here is an FYI: Network Preferences has an 'export' command available that can save off your entire network configuration. When you do the export, the settings are saved in a file. After doing the registry wipe, do the install. Start the control panel and let it complain about not being able to open COM ports/etc. Unload it, start Network Preferences, and then import your network config. That can take some of the pain away of a registry wipe. The good news is that the new way the installer is created, should stop, or at least reduce, these kinds of issues (DLL/OCX mis-matches)
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