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It is possible to run a test.  I would set the LOR network serial ports to "none".  You will only be able to drive stuff on the E1.31 (DMX over Ethernet).

I just tested this and works.

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9 minutes ago, arnolddeleon said:

It is possible to run a test.  I would set the LOR network serial ports to "none".  You will only be able to drive stuff on the E1.31 (DMX over Ethernet).

I just tested this and works.

Ok, thanks.  I just pulled it up.  This is what I am seeing on the attachment.

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2 minutes ago, arnolddeleon said:

Just ignore that error if just want to test the pixels.  Click OK and go to the Pixel console.

Thanks for your help.  It is not working.  I've already tested my lights using the pixel console.  Now, I am trying to run a text show using a sequence.  But, I am only wanting to test the tree.  I may have to wait until I get everything plugged back in again.  I disconnected everything when my Ethernet caught fire.  I did verify that none of my controllers burned up in the process.  It was just the Ethernet.  So, I will try to run a test once I hook everything back up.  Was just hoping to run a show on my tree to try it out.

Thanks again!

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You should be able to use the pixel editor or the run a show with just the pixel tree on the computer that only has Ethernet and the not serial.  

You've verified the that computer can talk to the controller and pixels w/ the hardware controller so we know that you have the basic connectivity setup.

When you were testing, were you using Pixel Editor or were you running a show?  If you were using Pixel Editor make sure you have "control lights" turned on.  It's an easy mistake. 

The next place we need to look is the prop definition for the pixel tree in the your preview.  Can you share what that looks like?  The channel configuration here needs to map the configuration that you setup in the network preferences.

  arnold

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7 hours ago, arnolddeleon said:

 

You should be able to use the pixel editor or the run a show with just the pixel tree on the computer that only has Ethernet and the not serial.  

You've verified the that computer can talk to the controller and pixels w/ the hardware controller so we know that you have the basic connectivity setup.

When you were testing, were you using Pixel Editor or were you running a show?  If you were using Pixel Editor make sure you have "control lights" turned on.  It's an easy mistake. 

The next place we need to look is the prop definition for the pixel tree in the your preview.  Can you share what that looks like?  The channel configuration here needs to map the configuration that you setup in the network preferences.

  arnold

While I was testing I was using the hardware utility.  Then, once I confirmed all was good, I used the Simple Show builder, then went into the control panel and told it to do a show on demand.  And, that is when I got the error. 

I am not familiar with prop definition. I think I know what you mean by preview, but I am not sure how the 16CCR tree from HC is defined.

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54 minutes ago, Capt_Bill_USMC said:

While I was testing I was using the hardware utility.  Then, once I confirmed all was good, I used the Simple Show builder, then went into the control panel and told it to do a show on demand.  And, that is when I got the error. 

I am not familiar with prop definition. I think I know what you mean by preview, but I am not sure how the 16CCR tree from HC is defined.

Make sure that the HU and SE and all is closed when you go to do a Show on Demand as only one program can use the comm port at a time. You will also get that error if something else is opened using the comm port.

**Tip** Instead of running a show to test you can also just play the sequence in SE and whatever props are connected will light up.

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1 minute ago, Mr. P said:

Make sure that the HU and SE and all is closed when you go to do a Show on Demand as only one program can use the comm port at a time. You will also get that error if something else is opened using the comm port.

**Tip** Instead of running a show to test you can also just play the sequence in SE and whatever props are connected will light up.

Ok, that's the problem.  I haven't had time to connect props or anything like that. The way that I preview my shows since last Christmas is to do one and then run it for real outside.  I know that is the hard way, but I haven't had time to learn how to set things up the way you mentioned and I find it takes a long time to draw your props.  What am I missing?

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8 minutes ago, Capt_Bill_USMC said:

Ok, that's the problem.  I haven't had time to connect props or anything like that. The way that I preview my shows since last Christmas is to do one and then run it for real outside.  I know that is the hard way, but I haven't had time to learn how to set things up the way you mentioned and I find it takes a long time to draw your props.  What am I missing?

Understand, I  am just saying that you don't have to create a show to see if everything is working. You can just open any sequence and play that sequence and it will play like a show.

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There is of course the Visualizer that you can learn to use or if you just want very basic then there is the Animator. Both will let you see how the lights will work once you create a new sequence.

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10 hours ago, Capt_Bill_USMC said:

Thanks!  I guess I cannot simply run a show on my tree to test it out?  I am getting a comm port error when I open hardware utility.  I guess I have to have the entire network on/connected to test the tree?

This is a fail Opening the port prior to a show.  You only need 1 LOR adapter to succeed finding a controller.

Always install LOR RS485 adapter software BEFORE ever plugging  one in otherwise, the adapter gets bound to a specific USB slot (this is standard Windows operation to avoid Plug and Pray :P )

If you have done this correctly, you can plug that adapter into any USB slot and the COM # stays the same   <bulb> Write a COM#or  LOR network Channel  on the adapter</bulb>

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2 minutes ago, TheDucks said:

This is a fail Opening the port prior to a show.  You only need 1 LOR adapter to succeed finding a controller.

Always install LOR RS485 adapter software BEFORE ever plugging  one in otherwise, the adapter gets bound to a specific USB slot (this is standard Windows operation to avoid Plug and Pray :P )

If you have done this correctly, you can plug that adapter into any USB slot and the COM # stays the same   <bulb> Write a COM#or  LOR network Channel  on the adapter</bulb>

Thank you.  I've already installed all that and I have tested my regular LOR controllers.  I am redoing the tree because my laptop's Ethernet port shorted out so I had to switch computers and set up my CCR tree all over again.  I had everything disconnected, except the tree and I just wanted to try the tree out to make sure I wasn't missing anything.  I know all works well with hardware utility, but I am trying to make sure that my sequences are working and that I set up my channels correctly in LOR.

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7 minutes ago, Capt_Bill_USMC said:

Thank you.  I've already installed all that and I have tested my regular LOR controllers.  I am redoing the tree because my laptop's Ethernet port shorted out so I had to switch computers and set up my CCR tree all over again.  I had everything disconnected, except the tree and I just wanted to try the tree out to make sure I wasn't missing anything.  I know all works well with hardware utility, but I am trying to make sure that my sequences are working and that I set up my channels correctly in LOR.

HU will tell you what things are Currently  (unless you only have 1 adapter for your show, never click the USE this for show button. That assigns the current HU selection to Regular, which may not be true for the show with multiple adapters.

Now look at your sequence and see what they had USED for a Network  (Regular is the default assignment, but you will have changed that if you have multiple networks)

 

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11 minutes ago, TheDucks said:

HU will tell you what things are Currently  (unless you only have 1 adapter for your show, never click the USE this for show button. That assigns the current HU selection to Regular, which may not be true for the show with multiple adapters.

Now look at your sequence and see what they had USED for a Network  (Regular is the default assignment, but you will have changed that if you have multiple networks)

 

Thanks!  I'll just hook everything back up tonight and see if I can get it to work.  If it doesn't then my CCR tree will just stay constant green and it will become the most expensive steady led tree out there.  If I had known DMX would be this hard, I would've stuck with basic LOR.

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13 minutes ago, Capt_Bill_USMC said:

Thanks!  I'll just hook everything back up tonight and see if I can get it to work.  If it doesn't then my CCR tree will just stay constant green and it will become the most expensive steady led tree out there.  If I had known DMX would be this hard, I would've stuck with basic LOR.

BS!, we are goint to get that tree working. I use a Alphapix16 for my tree and I will drive to Beaufort if I have to.  :D

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9 hours ago, Mr. P said:

BS!, we are goint to get that tree working. I use a Alphapix16 for my tree and I will drive to Beaufort if I have to.  :D

Thank you!  I appreciate it.  I will let you know what is happening!

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Ok, I probably should start a new topic, but, this may be related to my above issues.  The reason why I want to play just the tree is because I doubt I have everything set up correctly.  So, when I copy/paste from a DMX CCR Tree timing, into my DMX CCR Tree timing, the timings are off.  I fear that I don't have something setup correctly that is throwing this off.  I have ensured that the fixed grids match.  I have tried everything, from just clicking copy to clicking copy timings.  It isn't copying the exact same thing.  Thus, the reason why I want to just watch my show on my tree only.  What am I doing wrong?  How do I copy from one sequence to another from DMX to DMX?  I know how to copy non DMX, works every time and the timings line up correctly, but never with DMX.

Thank you!

 

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Going to start a new topic because it appears that from within my sequence, I can actually test each channel and it works just fine.  I right click on the DMX channel and I click test physical channels on and they work just fine.  I still don't know whether my tree will work in an actual show, but I will determine that in the morning.  I will let you all know how that goes!  Thanks again! 

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As far as the copy paste, make sure that you have have "paste by time" checked in the left border of SE.

Playing only the tree is easy, connect only the Alphapix16 controller that is running the tree to the computer making sure nothing else is connected. ensure the control panel is running then just play the sequence in SE.

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