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Richard Hamilton last won the day on October 9 2012

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About Richard Hamilton

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    http://HighlandsChristmas.net

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  • Location
    Sparks Nevada, previously in San Ramon, CA
  • Occupation
    Retired Electronics Engineering Exec / Former Pro Musician

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    Travel
  • How I learned about Light-O-Rama -
    Been doing animated lights since 1990 (before LOR)
  • Favorite Decorating Holiday?
    Christmas of course

LOR Software

  • LOR Software Version
    5.3.10
  • License Level
    Pro

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  1. Right. I am even having a hard time understanding how that would even work anyway. Also can't understand why to do it.
  2. Amen ! Yup, totally agree. There are a few folks that probably had issues or don't like it, but for me, it is simply fabulous and much fun to use.
  3. Just to say I switched to mostly all pixels a few years ago and glad I did. Yup, I spent a bunch more money and more of a learning curve, but it has been so much fun doing sequences and displays that I would never consider going back. A few videos here. http://HighlandsChristmas.net Nothing fabulous like all the other great displays here by other people, but simple enough for us.
  4. I suppose you could also use a USB to serial adapter (on Amazon or eBay). I have done that long ago and it worked. BUT totally agree with above suggestions that you should just get the LOR USB adapter.
  5. Ah, I see... The ole New Year's eve thing I'm thinking. Not sure how to correct that one. I use a computer to run my shows on New Year's eve, so I don't have Director. I'm wondering if you can fake it out by changing the clock by one minute and still using the 11:59 PM stop.
  6. I'm a little baffled. Are you saying that if you set off time to 11:59 pm, then it all works? If so, is one minute at midnight all that important to lose. I am not being critical, just trying to understand about that one minute you will lose.
  7. I don't know about other folks, but I am a bit confused as to what you want to do. Can you give some more information? Example, are you trying to set up a new computer and can't figure out what is needed to configure it for getting LOR to work?
  8. Wow Jim, I guess I am lucky to have only a few hundred files. I didn't realize it could get to be that many trash files. I'll keep an eye on it in the future. That VERIFY program is pretty nice and has helped me find issues in the past. Seems like a nice place to have a trash collector
  9. Matt, that is good info to know. Thanks. This reminds me of a situation I had several months ago when I unexpectedly was running out of disk space on my show computer (an older computer with not a very large hard disk in my garage). After snooping around I saw a LOT (300 or more) of these avi fles with an average size of about 20 MB. What I did not realize at the time was whenever I edited a sequence and saved it out, the old avi files were never removed and just collected as junk. I'm sure this is no news to you. I figured out by looking in my sequence files that I really only needed the most recent 15 avi files for my 15 songs and was able to delete the rest. Might be nice in the future if those old avi files could be removed by LOR automatically, but of course not a big deal for most people I guess. Just unnecessary garbage building up.
  10. Ok Matt, I can see you laughing hysterically at this reply First to say I had the same issue on my development computer and on my garage Christmas show computer. Often some of those above suggestions will remedy the DirectX loop issue, but not this time. After the installation failure and DirectX issue, I used Windows restore feature to restore the computer back to the point right before installing the LOR update. That resolved the DirectX install loop issue. Then since I have InstallShield development tools, I used them to extract the package and copied only the updated files to my LOR directory., assuming there was no need to install DirectX again. All worked well and has been for the past week. Thinking almost no LOR users are going to have InstallShield development tools, I experimented with another approach. I installed the update on my show computer and sure enough I got into that DirectX loop thing. So I copied all the LOR files off to another temporary directory, did a restore back to the state before the LOR update, and then copied those temporary files back to the LOR folder. All worked well as expected. I thought you would be laughing by now. For anyone else reading this, I was just experimenting since I've created a lot of installers over the years and understand how Windows, the registry and related shares dll files work. I certainly would not suggest anyone try this method even if I did explain it well enough to understand The only thing I was doing other than getting it to work was to confirm a suspicion that once DirectX is already on the computer, it isn't often needed to run the installer again to get an LOR update to work. Not telling you anything you don't already know. LOR developers are REALLY SMART programmers in my opinion.
  11. Thanks Matt. Sorry I misquoted. I was actually trying to install the 5.3.6 update. I got around the problem with a bazaar method that you probably don't want to hear about 😀
  12. Same problem here as you describe when I try to install the newest release 5.2.4. Fortunately 5.2.2 works. I had this same problem last year and don't remember how I got it to work. I just remember it was a pain in the butt. Thanks for the nice detail information above, but I give up. None of the above ideas work. I'm hopeful for the day when LOR might release a version of the installer that does NOT automatically launch the DirectX installer or at least give a choice if users want to install it or not. since my 5.2.2 works, it is pretty clear that I don't need to attempt to install DirectX again, yet the LOR installer won't get past that point. Frankly, I think in most cases, people just need the new set of modified files. I've written installers with InstallShield before, so pretty sure that can be done. thanks all.
  13. Good points Doc. I certainly agree with most of this, yet to add, it really depends on what brand of computer as to how much upselling software is on it. I usually start out with putting my own backup software on the computer and doing a complete "drive image" backup of the computer before doing anything else so I have a complete "image" of how it came. I take a snapshot of how well it performs and then start removing things I don't want. In my experience with a recently new laptop and a new show computer, I have not noticed any performance degradation with what came on them, nor any improvement by removing all the upselling software. Processors are pretty fast to begin with. I just got more space by removing the crap. Also, many programmers are not that good at removing all traces of their programs during an uninstall. Installers like InstallShield let programmers make a lot of mistakes, by leaving crap in the system registry and in the hidden "ProgramData" folder. I'm referring to Windows here and I know that Mac people are going to say it doesn't do that and is so much better than Windows, but it isn't any better in this regard. I've had years of experience programming on both.
  14. DevMike. I couldn't have said it any better ! The wife is not a Tesla fan. Won't drive it. Says it is too complicated for her. She likes the Acura SUV. Great for me. I get the Tesla to myself. 🙂
  15. DevMike, WOW, that is one heck of a review! I identify with everything you stated from driving my model X. The only thing where my experience is different is that it isn't a problem for me to take 30 minutes to charge the car after about every 3 1/2 hours on the road because I need that break time to rest, walk a little, use the bathroom, eat, etc. I find that I reach my destination more rested than when I used to drive hundreds of miles on a trip and only stop long enough to gas up. Maybe part of being more relaxed is using the autopilot, not sure, but it does help me a lot. Yea, that fireplace thing is an interesting Elon addition. It gets a few laughs. Bottom line is that after 3 years with the car, I never want to drive another car other than a Tesla ever again. your mileage will vary.😀 AND to add, LOR is the same way. Once you try it, you never want to ever use another program to control your lights. It's Tesla good 🙂
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