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Richard Hamilton

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Richard Hamilton last won the day on October 9 2012

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    Now in Sparks Nevada, previously in San Ramon, CA
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    Retired Engineering Exec / Former Pro Musician

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    Been doing animated lights since 1990 (before LOR)
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    Christmas of course

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  1. Richard Hamilton

    Pixie 2D box not holding the RGB order

    dibblejr, sure, maybe I did not make it clear in my post above, but I have looked at the documentation and forum postings. There is only one jumper that seems to be relevant.... J5 which should not be installed. It isn't. Since this morning I am confident I have found the issue and it involves a problem with the software (Hardware Utility & Sequencer combination settings) that I think needs to be fixed and appears to have been there a LONG time. I will give details later after I complete my testing and confirm my suspicions. Hardware seems ok. And on a completely different note, I am inspired by your funny prop of the guy appearing to fall and hand from the roof. I've always liked it, but didn't want to steal your idea 😁
  2. Richard Hamilton

    Pixie 2D box not holding the RGB order

    Another good thought dibblejr. Sorry I didn't mention this earlier, yet I performed that experiment although I agree with you that I didn't think it would make any difference as the CCRs were all similar. So the result is the same. If I swap a good color string from another controller, I still get colors out of order on the same controller that has colors out of order. And just for giggles, when I move the CCR from the controller where colors are out of order to a controller where colors are in correct order, then the other controller still shows proper order. Thus, concluding the issue is in the configuration of the hardware.
  3. Richard Hamilton

    Pixie 2D box not holding the RGB order

    Hmmm, interesting thought. I will check that out when I get home tonight. thanks for the idea.
  4. First of all, apologies if this information is in another thread. I didn't find it if there is. Rarely do I run into something I can't solve on my on . This is probably the 2nd time in 10 years, but I'm stumped. When doing my test setup this year, I noticed 2 of my Pixie 2D boxes show different color patterns than the other 5 boxes. I see from running the hardware utility that it has to do with the order of the colors sent to the controllers. All of my other 5 boxes show a color order of BRG. However the 2 boxes showing wrong colors on my CCR strip have a setting of RGB. Ok, simple to change, right? I change the order in the Cosmic ColorPixie config dialog and even try changing the number of pixels per port, yet the controller is not saving the values in eprom although the hardware utility replies that the values were accepted. I refresh and see the old values are still there as shown in my photo. Baffling. In the hardware utility, I set a test color to one color, but the color on the CCRs is a different primary color (as expected because it is wrong). I see in the manual something about a jumper on J5 in the box needs to be removed so the values can be accepted by the hardware utility (if I understand that correctly). There is no jumper on J5. I try resetting the controller during power up and it seems to reset according to the LED, yet still same results. I thought maybe I could cheat the process by changing the "channel order" in my prop definition, yet that seems to have no effect either. And yes, I'm using the correct speeds and high speed communicator. All communications work fine. Just that these 2 controllers are not holding their values. Suggestions are appreciate. I am out of ideas.
  5. Richard Hamilton

    Deleting Archived Channels

    Actually there already is a method to delete all of the archived channels at once. It sounds like you haven't looked closely at the menus. Look under the SEQUENCE menu to "MANAGE ARCHIVED PROPS".
  6. Richard Hamilton

    LOR CommListener Error

    Well it is hard to think to mention every specific item 😉
  7. Richard Hamilton

    Facebook - No more Copyrighted Music Videos?

    Some time ago, I learned there was a trick to bypass that problem. If the music starts almost immediately in the video, it is more likely to be banned. I haven't posted any videos to FB any more, yet noticed that if the music was delayed about 10 seconds into the video, then it was ok. Maybe that still works, maybe not.
  8. That's a great video, but I noted the use of pliers to close the top. I had an issue with that in the past. When some connections didn't work, it was because as the top cover was being slid over the housing by use of pliers, it caused the wire to slide with it and bend the metal teeth to the point of not connecting well. Thus, I think it is best to press the wire down as much as possible on the teeth before sliding on the top. Now, I don't need pliers any more and the connections are more reliable.
  9. Richard Hamilton

    Large Neighborhood Systems

    Good info K6. Many years ago (before CCRs were popular), I did a really large display for a shopping center down in Texas. I used ELLs to transmit to distant locations. However, for my home I abandoned using ELLS as I was having too many problems with my mostly all CCR display. They couldn't handle the complex high speed patterns and would freeze the CCRs at point. Now I use only wired connections. I suppose that one of those other high speed alternatives is good for complex displays.
  10. Richard Hamilton

    LOR CommListener Error

    In checking my old threads, I see that I forgot to come back here and give an update on what the problem was from the above post. It turns out to be the ELLS ! I took the ELLs out of the network and used cat 5. Everything worked fine after that without changing anything else.
  11. Richard Hamilton

    Red light on on my Cosmic Pixie Controller

    And do keep in mind for the future that the comm port numbers can change on you as depending on where you plug them into the computer, or something else using those ports that were not in use previously, or even more strange is that a a few occasions I was "testing" something with the HU software and it changed the device ID without telling me and I didn't ask it to do that.
  12. Richard Hamilton

    Red light on on my Cosmic Pixie Controller

    Great.... congrats, and thanks for the update. Yup, it is easy to forget little details from year to year such as what does the light mean. So as you realize now that it is either blinking (not communicating on the network) or solid red (controller is being recognized.)
  13. Richard Hamilton

    pixel editor

    Amen on that reply. To me, it was really worth the time to get used to S5 and I would now never consider going back to S4. In fact, I wonder how I dealt with S4 for so long 😉
  14. Richard Hamilton

    Red light on on my Cosmic Pixie Controller

    No, it is only red color, never green. Makes sense that one or more controllers are going to be on one comm port and one or more on the other comm port depending on how you connected the controllers to the interface. Hopefully you have your prop definitions set to the proper comm port for each controller and you will be ok. Maybe you plugged the adapters into different USB ports on the computer this year than you did last year. Like they say with the stock market..... past performance is no guarantee of future performance. 😁
  15. Richard Hamilton

    Red light on on my Cosmic Pixie Controller

    If I am understanding correctly, you are referring to the led inside the controller. You want it to be solid which indicates it is communicating properly. Are you using more than one USB connection (multiple networks)?