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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 😀
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. 🙂
  8. 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 🙂
  9. I know this is an old thread, but I just saw it. So Jim if you are asking about the video, the Tesla owner didn't need to do anything special. It Christmas egg is a selection from the center console. It is in all of the cars. I remember getting that update on my model X around February 2017. And although the thread indicates a model 3, I guess it is clear that the car in the video is actually a model X. And I guess "ears" refers to the mirrors folding in and out. Edit added: and to get the front doors to open like that, you have to buy the option that allows the doors to automatically open as you approach the car.
  10. Jim, nice variety. I have 9 songs in my set that last about 30 minutes if people watch all of them. My intro is basically a one minute announcement for similar things like being nice to neighbors, watch for children in the area, and a subtle hint that cameras and sensors are watching. Then a 10 second announcement with time and current weather conditions, and the show starts.
  11. Hmmmm, I had not thought about it till you mentioned it, but that is probably correct as well. Some folks move out when Bing's "White Christmas" gets a few bars into the song. I throw in a couple slow older traditional songs as many X generation folks like them and gives people an opportunity to wind down for a couple minutes from the frantic pace of the more rapid songs.
  12. Yup, agree on all you said. WITH the right equipment for X10 as you say, like I needed to get one of those 240V plugs that crosses over to both legs of the 120vac so I could get devices to work all over the house. And things were "reasonably" reliable for many years. When I moved, I left all that in the prior home and use Insteon in the new home. So far in 3 years, not a single issue with all LED lighting, etc and really happy with the reliability.
  13. I agree with your comment. I saw that people don't like long songs. HOWEVER; I keep them in the set. Reason being if they are that impatient then they move on and make room for other people. Our show is more for our enjoyment and our friends. If other people like it then great. If not, then also fine. 😉
  14. Same thing here, almost. Since the beginning I've used spooled wire and vampire plugs to make my own. I did not shield them for the first 2 years until I noticed water getting in the plug and rusting out the wire where the teeth were digging in. Thus, 3rd year some of them didn't make good connection. Then I started putting a sandwich bag over the top of the plugs to prevent water getting in. Been using the same wire and plugs for over 12 years now and never a problem rusting out. Also never had a problem with any GFCIs tripping.
  15. I am a bit slow getting back on some threads, but since the holidays are over...... Joel, that's a nice little program you have. Several years ago I paid for the one time fee for lifetime use of Zara, and it has been working great for during the day when my show is not running, otherwise I think you have a cool solution. On a similar note to what you are doing, I wrote a small Windows program for announcing time and weather information from within LOR. At the start of each show I call my program by using the "command line" feature inside LOR. The program announces the time, temperature, weather condition and wind (in any combination I prefer) and then closes. I pull the information from the WWL text file in the same way that Zara does. And yes, if anyone wants it, I'll be glad to provide access.
  16. I'm doubtful that reinstalling Windows will do anything to fix it. That sounds like the standard canned answer that every tech support department gives. If anything, it is usually a driver or codec issue as mentioned, but that doesn't involve reinstalling Windows.
  17. I also have been using CyberLink Power Director for about 5 years now. A nice program with lots of features. I used to use Adobe (which I call Adoppy) and it was difficult for me to use, but just my opinion. It may have gotten better in the last few years.
  18. Ah, ok. Similar to what I do. And during the day, I have it play other Christmas music until the show starts.
  19. A question just I understand what you are doing. You are running ZaraRadio to perform this announcement task when your show is NOT running? Right?
  20. I just copy my whole LOR folder to my show computer and all works fine.
  21. That's nice, and yes, I see this is a really old post. By the way, it is Gangnam, not Gangnum 😉
  22. Glad you got it working. Dielectric grease? That's a new one on me. For 20 years, I've used little sandwich bags.
  23. Well, there are a lot of things to check, and I'm sure other people will chime in. I would first look to split the problem into either software or hardware. Does the red led inside the controller light solid when you try to run your sequence? Thus indicating that communication is ok? And are you using a computer for this purpose?
  24. Ok, then maybe the ELLS is not the problem if you are able to get lights to activate the the hardware utility. Have you gone through the checklist of other reasons why lights may not be working in your show?
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