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    Van Buren, AR
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    Retired Spacecraft Test Engineer

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    Christmas lights, Halloween, Corvettes, Computers, Spacecraft and so much more
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    I researched the Internet and found LOR! I always wanted to do lights to music and now I can :)
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  1. Are your CCR's original V1's? If so, I had to update the firmware in mine to get them to appear.
  2. So I fixed a couple of issues this afternoon after work and got some things to work. Re-starting the show at 4:30 for a 5:30 hopeful start time, instead it took 1.6 hours to actually begin and still have delays between sequences.
  3. So last night, Thanksgiving evening, I had to start my show an hour early just so that it would process, yet again, all of the sequences, in order for the show to start at approximately 5:30Pm. What a joke...no way to actually schedule the show. I was loading all sequences "before" playing, so that the show wouldn't go dark between songs for several minutes. I'm really wanting to go back to the 5.2.4 but I've already saved sequences in later versions. Something else I have to figure out today is why my single CCR, on its own "enhanced" network, didn't function last night. It tested ok in the hardware program but failed to run in the show. Yes, it was setup in the network preferences. Unfortunately, I have to work this morning, Black Friday, so its going to be a long and rough day :(
  4. The playback files are there, just with new "almost" extensions to each. Some have extension 211, some with 215, 216, 217 and now its creating 218
  5. Yeah, might have to do just that. I see that 5.3.10 is recreating each set of playback files, each time you try to run the show. So for mine, two hours of processing prior to it actually doing something outside. Not happy here.
  6. lol, now trying a second time, its insisting the playback files don't exist even though just a couple of hours ago, they were created by the same show player. Come on LOR, please fix this!
  7. My show goes live tonight. But, I discovered this morning when verifying things, here it is yet again, waiting on the show player to re-do everything as in "Checking" each sequence, recreating playback files...again...,exporting compressed sequences again.... and so on. I started this with a show on demand two hours ago and its almost ready to play the first song.
  8. I've written a lot of code using NI LabVIEW. Within, I've converted lots of code to 64 bit from older versions and the software's response was outstanding. Looking forward, its not going to be long before we see the arrival of 128 Bit home computers and actually Intel and AMD could start working on them now if they aren't already. Having the hardware capability means nothing if the programmers don't take advantage of it. For LOR, all they would need to do is allow for their installer code to identify the machine type and then install the correct version. Yes, before that, there would be two software packages, 32 and 64 bit types and that second package there would be lots of internal changes to the array structures and so on. The result would be LOR's software running at 2X-4X the speed it is now at a minimum and possibly a lot faster than that.
  9. Here in western Arkansas, its been cold and even a little sleet. Down in the teens a couple of nights, rain before that and at this instant, 29 outside. I'm about %50 done so far. Still have to do the roof somehow and with a messed up leg, that's going to be difficult. The neighbors have asked their adult son to come over and do my roof lights which I will gratefully accept. Just yesterday, got most of the controllers connected to power and communication cables as well as the first pixel tree connected.
  10. dgrant

    Where do I start?

    I suggest that you start by taking a picture of the front of your home. Print it out then start drawing lights on it or strings of lights and etc...this will dictate your hardware requirements. As already stated, its way late to be starting now but you could do paid sequences from LOR and use 1-2 controllers instead of going all out, this late. Its a good rule of thumb as such to start planning in January. Cabling, communications, FM transmitter if desired and radio "Tune To" sign(s) and so much more. Acquisition of the controllers and infrastructure of your cabling. There's RS485 and TCPIP type communications and in this case, both use CAT5/6 cables. You must be super careful to insure they don't get mixed up so consideration needed to mark or identify cables...
  11. I just now messaged Matt. Will see if he can update us
  12. I had people coming over last night to view my show even though I'm not totally set up. Really hard to explain why it took 5 minutes or so for the first sequence to play when it was complaining about it being out of date by 13.3 hours. The second sequence took 20 minutes!!!!! They left long before, with me apologizing too them. My show computer is a former server with dual Xeon 6-core 64 bit CPU's (24-logical CPU's), 72Gb of ram and high end video card. There's no way this machine has to process files this slow. Yes, the day before, I followed Phil's suggestion to let it run the show during the day so that these files would be created. I also did the Christmas show yesterday which took 7 hours. CPU usage showed %6 and memory usage showed %4. Seriously, we need a separate program that will allow us to manually process these files and stop this "Checking S5 sequence:" Just play it!!!!
  13. Hey Phil, Per your suggestion, I'm allowing it to sit right now. It is slowly progressing. Its creating playback files as needed so my assumption that they did this during the editing process was incorrect. I'll have to wait and see if it'll work faster, once it gets through the list of sequences in the show. My Christmas show has 40 sequences so now I expect that process will take a long time as what happened to you. I'll start that set on my next day off.
  14. Have you verified communication to/from the Pixcon16? Using it as E1.31 or RS485? Are you connected to the proper port for that communication? Did you launch the control panel first if using E1.31?
  15. Same here, Windows 10. This is supposedly a production release and in this case, it will not play a show! I have no desire to sit inside on Halloween and run each sequence manually. I'll run it this morning and let it sit and hope it can figure things out but this was unexpected for sure and we're two weeks from Halloween.
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