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  1. As I pulled everything out to begin prep work and testing for this year, it occurred to me I never updated this thread. Sorry about that!!! Last year, I ran the show with the old PC that has always been used. So the show ran without issues in the end. But I continued to try to diagnose the issues with the used laptop I purchased and had used LOR Help Desk as well. I'm a bit embarrassed to say how easy the fix was. Turns out, when they sold me the laptop, they failed to input the Windows license key and therefore, the PC (and perhaps the LOR software?) thought it was a non-genuine or pirated copy of Windows. Got that resolved with the proper license key, and voila...everything is working now in this year's tests so far! Thanks again to everyone along the way. If nothing else, I learned lots of things about the various settings and network preference options within LOR during the process. That may come in handy at some point in the future.
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  2. If I am understanding your question correctly, then go into "Preview Design". Then select "Add Item" button at top left. The 2nd item in the list allows to to create a new group from existing props.
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  3. I have some first year sequences I am willing to share. Post your email I will be glad to send some to you.
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  5. The ones I'm using are able to be set in different positions, they have a tongue on them {see large photo in my post above}, so maybe you could use some industrial double sided tape or possibly Velcro to secure them to your brick retaining walls on the clips tongue line? I know 3M makes some type of sticky tape they use on their hooks that will hold on to anything and pull clean when you take it down, won't even take the paint off painted surfaces, leastwise I've never had one do it used for hanging pictures in the house and they do have some for outdoors, but would be extremely costly to use them. They only come in small packs of usually 5 to 10 clips, at least the ones I've seen are usually a very small quantity, and why it cost a small fortune to use them on hanging Christmas Light strands. They may have a 20 pack now, but even that is too small a quantity to fill even the smallest of display needs. Might check with the 3M Company and see if they happen to sell that type of double-sided sticky tape by itself. One last suggestion is to make a small notch where you want to hang the lights on a clip in the brick, just small enough to securely slide the clip tongue into the mortar between the bricks and keep it held there. Maybe leave the clips where they are year round so they're always there to string your lights each year. I did that on my late mother in laws home where we used to live, I didn't leave the clips in, but just notched a small hole to slide a clip tongue into and between the brick, worked great, and it really wasn't noticeable when the clip was removed, just took a little looking to find the same holes to use them again the next year. Good Luck.
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  6. If you run any 'length' of wire along the ground, in an area prone to lightning storms, a surge protector is a good idea. Induced currents in the mega-amps flowing in the ground. It does not take a direct hit (where nothing will protect it) ?Don't stack surge protectors (plug one into another), Keystone cops effect, neither will end up getting it. (This tip was from the APC users guide) SPT is a 300V insulation wire, others can be 600V. This is not an issue in NORMAL operation. BTW IIRC you are supposed to keep class2 wires (the network) away from class1 unless their insulation is 1KV (this ignores interference issues)
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