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    Glendora, California (Los Angeles area)
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    I run a regional Public Safety 2-way radio system.

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    You mean besides lighting? Ham radio, Geocaching, flying, target shooting.
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  1. Static RGB Display

    I assume you meant "now add a bunch...". I did not realize you were still on S3. Lots of cool new stuff with S4. Then S5 is another major change. This year is being a royal pain between moving from S4 to S5 and some major changes to my show hardware, but by sometime later this year, I should be fully S5. Although all my sequences that are running were created in s4, the server (what runs the landscaping show during non-Christmas season) has been S5 for a couple months. I will soon be reshuffling the landscaping sequences into S5. All the Christmas sequences SHOULD be S5 later this year. The last step will be to update the Show computer to S5 when it takes over running the show in November...
  2. Moving to a NEW Computer

    Correct Correct. Let the install wizard install the program where it wants. It WILL work if you force it somewhere else, but there is no reason to. When you run Sequence Editor the first time it should ask where to put the data files. Point it to where ever you are going to put your files (for example: My Documents\LOR). It will build all the sub folders for you. Note: Because you had a prior install on that computer, it may not ask where to put the files. If that is the case, exit SE, find LORPOST.exe in the C:\Program Files (X86)\light-o-rama\ folder. Run that and it will ask where you want the files. Let it build the sub folders. Then copy all your sequence and audio files to those new folders.
  3. Tee Shirt

    Maybe old, but I think it’s cool. One will arrive next Monday...
  4. Moving to a NEW Computer

    You may not need to get that drastic, but it is an option and does not really have much in the way of down sides - does not even take all that long to do.
  5. Moving to a NEW Computer

    The first time you run SE on the new computer, it should run the LORPost.exe program that will ask where you want LOR to store your files. Tell it where you want them. You DO NOT want to point to anything under \Program files. The reason is that depending on what operating system you are using, the Program Files directories are somewhat protected to make it at least somewhat harder to accidentally screw up installed programs. Most likely target for normal people would be to create a LOR folder under My documents and point to there. The LORPost program will then create all the sub folders (Audio, Sequences, Visualizations, etc) for you. AFTER that, then copy your existing files from the old computer to the new computer. Note that you may still need to change the Media File setting in every sequence because of changes to how Windows creates user "My documents" folders in different versions. There is a solution to that however (although you would still need to change existing sequences). This is what I do. In Windows, create a mapped network shared drive and assign it a drive letter. I use L: On every computer, as far as LOR is concerned, all the files are in L: In the case of all the computers at home, L: is really D:\Shared\LOR on my file server (shared across my network). In the case of the two stand alone computers (a laptop and this desktop that is 26 miles from home), L: is really C:\LightORama, but as far as LOR is concerned, it is always L: That means I can move files around or edit stuff on different computers at home and never have to worry about them looking for different file locations. The big advantage is that if I replace a computer (I have several times since 2012 when I started), I just map L: to where ever it needs to point for that computer, and the LOR software is happy. One other note - since you brought it up.. With Windows XP and prior, program files were normally located in folders under C:\Program Files. With the advent of 64 bit computers and operating systems, Microsoft created a different versions of the Program Files folders for 32 bit vs 64 bit programs. C:\Program Files is normally used for 64 bit programs and C:\Program Files (X86) is used for 32 bit programs. The software installation program will NORMALLY put it in the proper location.
  6. Static RGB Display

    Vegomatic (while a very useful program if you use SE) is completely un-necessary for this as you can "Insert Device" in SE to add 50 RGB channels in about 3 seconds.
  7. Static RGB Display

    I’ll let someone else answer about using PE, but in about the time it took you to ask the question, you could have completed an animation sequence in SE to do this.
  8. That discussion talks about terminations and includes a picture near the end of what I was talking about with the little pigtail method of terminations. The LOR USB485B is a bit of a special animal in that it is an active device that DOES allow two outputs. there are also some third party RS-485 splitters that actively split the RS-485 signal. I've never used one as I have always just run my LOR circuits in a single run.
  9. At the end of the data circuit, the easiest way is to build a RJ-45 plug with a 120 ohm resistor between pins 4 & 5 (LOR standard) and a second resistor between pins 1 & 2 (DMX standard). Plug it into the unused connector on the last controller on the network. If you desire to terminate the USB to RS-485 adapter end of the circuit (a lot of people don't), you can do what I did. I have done it two ways. One is to have the cable going out to the yard terminate on an RJ-45 "biscuit jack" that has screw terminals rather than insulation displacement connectors. It's easy to ass a resistor across the pairs with the screw terminals. Then run a short jumper (about a foot in my case) from the biscuit jack to the USB to RS-485 adapter. The other way is to build a little pigtail with a female jack on one end with the resistor built in to a male plug. Plug the male into the USB to RS-485 adapter and the cable from the yard into the female. Both methods work.
  10. Both LOR and DMX (data standards) ride over RS-485 (a wiring standard). The RS-485 spec defines a bunch of technical characteristics such as the number of nodes on a circuit (32), the total length of the circuit (4,000 feet), the types of wire used. One of those specs is that a circuit is supposed to be terminated with 120 ohms at both ends of the circuit. There are some videos that show what the data signal does when it is not terminated. As I said before, many users get away without terminating. However if you are having odd problems that might be related to data communications, one of the first recommendations is to properly terminate the network. And yes, although I have never had any problems, I am terminating all three of my LOR circuits At both ends. But I'm an electronics tech so A) it was easy, and I try to follow the standards when possible.
  11. The RS-485 spec states that the network needs to be terminated. Lots of people get away with NOT terminating their LOR or DMX networks. The simpler and shorter the network, the more likely that you will get away without. Personally, all three of my LOR networks are properly terminated.
  12. You absolutely can drive your DMX moving heads with LOR software. You MUST define a DMX network, and in SE use DMX intensity. I'm sorry, but I have S5 on this computer so I can't tell you exactly how to do that in s4, but I know there is a setting to do so.
  13. Tee Shirt

    I'm not aware that LOR ever sold a T-Shirt directly. However, I like that one... There are several various ones out there.
  14. If adding a string that has pixel 1 in that universe fixed the problem, then you most likely did NOT actually have pixel 1 defined anywhere else. If you did, you should now be getting a duplicate pixel warning.
  15. Moving to a NEW Computer

    Install the LOR software. Run Sequence Editor. It will ask where you want your data files. Point where ever you want. You will likely need to re-enter your registration code. Do so. Copy your data files from your old computer and put them onto your new computer in the specified location.