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  1. Richard Hamilton

    2018 Spring Sale

    Yea, might sound that way, but did not go to junk folder. It just didn't come. I am on here from time to time. Oh well. No big loss for me ;-)
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    Going prices for Controllers

    I think you mean the seller pays eBay fees. Fortunately out of over 250 buys and sells on ebay, I never had trouble. For me the fast sales and protection is worth the fee.
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    2018 Spring Sale

    Interesting that it is over. I didn't even get an email notification this year. I got a notice last year about the spring sale. Is this something that has to be signed up for every year? As a side note, we have 3 brand new ELLS (not used) from last Christmas that we want to sell. Bought too many for a project we worked on.
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    Beta 5.018 still in demo with 4.7 license

    Good info Mike. Yea, DLL Hell I remember that from third party DLL suppliers that didn't do a good job of managing their DLLs. And that included Microsoft from time to time. I guess I have been lucky to not have much of that as I have kept use of 3rd party DLLs to a minimum. And whenever I created my own DLLs or OCXs, I would create a different name for different versions of my program so things wouldn't get confused in Sys32. While on the subject, I hope people realize that tho they may be having trouble with trying to run 2 versions of the same program at one time (something I also don't do with LOR and also would not recommend), the software is VERY stable in my opinion for something as complicated as it is. Folks should cut some slack about this. It's great stuff.
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    Time Scale not Moving

    Uh, there are 4 green arrows on the tool bar. I assume you are clicking the one on the far left and NOT the one on the far right? If you click the one on the right, then it will play only the viewable grid and not scroll.
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    S5 question with importing channel config

    Good question. Wondering the same thing. Actually, I have been searching to see what are the new features or differences in S5, but I can't seem to find anything. Nothing comes up in the search window that I see.
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    Morphing from On to Off

    Brian, you area a programming God. I've hire a lot of programmers in my day, but few match your skills. I used a few of your SS sequences for Xmas and they were really the hit of the whole display.
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    Using Insteon with the LOR program

    Uh, good idea, but if he does that, then he needs to be sure and get an OLDER Insteon device that supports X10. When insteon came on the market, they supported X10 as an upgrade path. That was over 12 years ago and many new Insteon devices no longer support X10. Need to check. In my experience, X10 is not reliable at all.
  9. Richard Hamilton

    Zara Radio temperature announcement

    Hi k6. I am not playing the show through Teamviewer. I agree that would delay the audio. I am simply usingTeamviewer to connect to the show computer in the garage and download any changes or updates from my development laptop to the show computer. And sometimes I connect to the show computer to start or stop the show if I need to. I don't need speakers on the show computer because all of my testing is on my development laptop. I simply connect the FM transmitter to the audio out of the show computer. And if I want to hear the music playing on the show computer, I hear it on my laptop via Teamviewer. Yea it is slightly delayed, but I don't care since I just want to know if it is working without getting up and turning on the radio. Hope that clears up the confusion.
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    Half of CCB string is out during show only

    There are likely several possible causes, but the only time I have run into an issue like this in past years was when I had a "channel conflict" in my setup. Did you run the verifier software to rule that out?
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    JR, all good points. I don't disagree. Just saying that several people are quoted very low shipping and then charged a lot more. It isn't just a typo in the email as they claim. I know a lot of companies that have been in business a long time, but they still get in trouble with bad business practices.
  12. Richard Hamilton

    2018 Network Set-up Advice

    Unless I am misunderstanding, I would not use any ELLs with CCB or Pixie controllers. In my experience, the speed of 115K just isn't fast enough to keep up with complex patterns and sequences.
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    I'll cut them a little slack in saying they are a shady business. They emailed me to say they would compensate some shipping cost. Thus, I had the exact same experience as you. They quoted $9 and then charged 10 times that amount. I'm thinking that this might be the way they do business. It is just too much of a coincidence that at least 3 people here in just this one forum have mentioned they were quoted low shipping cost and then charged a lot more. I'm not buying the constant excuse of "It was a typo in the quote"
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    In my opinion, this McMaster place is a shady business. They also quoted me $9, and then charged me $90. They said it was a typo. I say that is unacceptable. Their shopping cart is one of the dumbest on the planet. It won't tell you the shipping cost until you PLACE the order and even then it does not tell you the cost. They send you a receipt only a DAY AFTER they already ship the product. I say to buy your tubing somewhere else and stay away from these scam artists.
  15. Richard Hamilton

    Newbie. Which package to start off?

    JT, really NICE candy canes. Looks like something custom that you made with RGH strips inside ?
  16. Richard Hamilton

    |Traffic Shuts Down 2016 GCL Fight Contestant

    Interesting. One reason why we don't advertise our lights outside of our neighborhood. Even people find out about it as is ;-)
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    Zara Radio and WIndows 10

    yea, I had that issue before, but not specific to any particular version of Windows. It happened to me on Win 7 and 10 when first setting up. Have weatherwatcher put the weather log file in a document folder OUTSIDE of the programs folder where there is no issue of it being locked or access prevented. I put mine under user\documents\Myname\ZaraRadio. Then set Zara to look for it there in the program options. By the way, the file should have the extension of .TXT even though it has some html looking stuff in it.
  18. Richard Hamilton

    16 String Pixel Spiral Tree

    Yea, I know what you mean. I got tired of standing outside in the mountain high cold to see how things work as I tweak sequences.. SO, I temporarily moved one of my wireless Arlo camera in front of the display so I could watch it from the living room as I tweaked things.
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    LOR CommListener Error

    Well, after 20 + years of doing this stuff, there hasn't been much of anything I couldn't solve on my own... until now that is. After all, I did spend most of my career as an electronics and software designer. I'm betting there are some smarter people out there that know more about multiple LOR networks than I do. Sorry if I missed seeing this issue elsewhere in the forum. I did spend time looking for it. I run 3 networks (Regular, Aux A, and Aux on a separate Windows computer dedicated to only running LOR. For whatever reason, two controllers (a 16 channel one, and a Pixie controller) on Aux B stop working during my show just a few minutes after starting up. Never at the same place or song. The other two networks keep working just fine. I notice I get an error in the commlistener "19:LOR-AuxB [ERROR] Error sending packet: 31". Yet, I have no idea what the "19" or the "31" refers to. After that, Aux B (port 6 on my computer) seems to be locked up. Even if I unload the LOR control panel, when I go into the Hardware control app, it says port 6 is in use! Even if I go into Windows task manager and shut down everything related to LOR, the hardware config still thinks port 6 is in use. The only way I get Aux B to work again is to restart the computer. But then it only works for a few minutes after the show starts. I'm fairly sure it is not the cable as I have a very high quality 100 foot cat 6 cable running to those to 2 controllers on Aux B and I have swapped the cable, and both cables work with other controllers without issue. I guess it doesn't help that other ports sometimes get swapped on me when I haven't done anything except restart the computer. Sometimes (but rare), port 3 (regular port), and port 4 (Aux A port) get swapped and you know what that means. The display goes wacky until I go into the LOR Network config and swap them. Yup, I have all 3 networks set to 500K enhanced mode, and I use the nice high speed red adapters for all 3 networks. Windows device manager thinks all 3 ports are working properly. So far, still stumped as to why Aux B continuously fails, so I guess I have to experiment with some more things. Not really impressed with the hardware config that hasn't changed much in 15 years, but hey, I'll cut LOR some slack as they continually come up with new great stuff and support is better than any other company in America that I have run across. Ideas certainly welcome.
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    LOR CommListener Error

    Good point Greg. I thought of that and switched to another USB port. Aux B used to be on comm 5. This is also a new computer with nothing on it except LOR so I expect it to be working ok. In my experience, when a comm port fails, you either no longer see it in the Windows device manager or the device manager reports a problem with it. Glad you got your working. And by the way, Franklin TN is a GREAT city. I grew up in Dickson. Franklin shows up in several studies as being one of the best places to live in America. Hope you like it there.
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    LOR CommListener Error

    Yo duck. Good question. Some things I forgot to mention earlier. ALL controllers in my show are the latest products shipped as of a couple months ago. I sold all of my old controllers last year before moving to new home. So yes, they are all 500K enhanced capable and I assume they would have come with the latest firmware by being that new. Not sure what you mean by needing to "tweak the network to match the connected devices. I assume you mean to change the speed in NP to match the speed of the controllers. Since all the controllers are new, I set them all to 500K enhanced. Also I run a pro license with 24 CCR capability which I have less than that. I also ran verifier and no channel conflict are reported, which I think would not make any difference anyway. Also checked every sequence to make sure all of the channels send to the correct controllers and Unit IDs. There is just something weird about trying to send data to those 2 controllers (16 chan controller ctb 16PC and the cosmic color controller CCC-II-with-2-CCB-II-100) on Aux B.
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    COM Port Speeds

    Good points K6. I have even had trouble with an Ell falling behind with just one CCR and a 16 channel controller in complex sequences. Thus, I don't even use ELLs any more. I run cat 6 everywhere.
  23. Richard Hamilton

    Channel Configuration - HELP!

    I assume you ran the verifier software to get a listing of what channels are conflicting with each other in your display? That should give you a clue as to what you probably set up wrong with your channels and unit ids.
  24. Richard Hamilton

    Lights still on after show ends for night

    Yup, probably a triac, BUT just to make sure you are not sending a signal to the controller, temporarily unplug the cat 5 cables going to that controller. I have seen cases where users think their lights should be off, but they had a channel set to a constant dim level.