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rcktpwrd last won the day on December 14 2020

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  1. I am working alone for most of it, the wife had knee surgery a few weeks ago and is limited... last week I took in 5 of 6 controllers, the one I left is on the patio. Today I spent a few hours taking things down that I needed the extension ladder for and moving stuff towards the shed and garage. Tomorrow I plan to get more done, hoping to have it all down by next weekend.
  2. We sequence on two different laptops and run the show on a third. Share files via USB stick as I have the wifi turned off on the show computer. I think Light-O-Rama allows you to run on up to 5 machines with one license.
  3. I have had similar issues once in a while. I am currently using an older netbook to run our show, Win10 Pro and not much else on it, used exclusively to run the LOR show. A week or so ago when the show started up it ran all kinds of crazy! Things randomly turning on and off. A reboot, that took a long time!, fixed the issue. I think somehow the WiFi got enabled and windows was doing some sort of updates... I normally have the WiFi switch off. I rebooted the computer today after using the hardware utility to test and repair some light strings. When the show got to the 3rd or 4th song it glitched and shut everything off for a few seconds! After that sequence finished and the next one started everything has been fine. I am in the process of rebuilding a newer laptop just to run the the show, something with a faster processor and more ram, still waiting on parts...
  4. I made small stands out of 1/2" pvc pipe, with a vertical piece about the height of the blowmold. Then we wrapped a strand of led lights around the pipe. Now the entire blowmold is lighted and has a more sturdy base/stand. single c6 strand of led We also have 5 blowmold candles done like this and they look better, I think there are too many lights in the smaller soldiers, although they do look better in person, the camera overblows the brightness.
  5. In the Hardware Utility there is a Config button at the bottom. I don't recall the specifics of how to change the curve but it was easy to do...
  6. If you are using Gen3 controllers also set the dimming curves to LED in the hardware utility.
  7. We got the garage cleaned up today, so now everything is officially put away until next season. here are the lights for the 32 trees the open clear/blue bin on the right has 6 of the 7 patio pole lights
  8. keep an eye out they seem to go on and off sale on a regular basis https://thechristmaslightemporium.com/collections/5mm-strobe-light-strands
  9. I would say this is most likely the issue and similar to the issues we have had with our display. I also have had three controllers plugged into the same outlet. That is why I am going to be adding on additional GFCI outlets so I can spread the GFCI load out. As stated before there is a very small amount of voltage leak allowed before the GFCI trips and does its job. We are talking about milliamps, so a very tiny amount.
  10. We are adding a couple more strings of the 5mm strobe lights, got some in blue to go in our 'lake'. We will be rearranging a few props in the yard for better visuals, basically moving some smaller items forward or out from behind other props. Repairing or replacing strings that are partially or completely out.
  11. Had rain last night but today was mostly dry, so we were able to get almost everything taken down. There are still 4 props up high in the trees that I need to use the extension ladder to get and 7 patio poles that are easy to get. We got everything that goes in the shed put away, aside from the 4 props. The rest of the stuff went into the garage and will be fully put away as time allows. This is the quickest and soonest that we have taken the display down.
  12. SPT wire and vampire plugs make everything so much better! Run exactly how much wire you need to each location, then mark them somehow so they stay with that prop. Makes setup go so much easier next time too! We use the pink surveyors tape to label everything, its cheap, easy to write on and easy to tear off small pieces to wrap around the wires. Every plug is labeled for which controller and outlet it goes to. Makes connecting everything very simple.
  13. I have had good luck with refurbished computers... both desktop and laptop, Check out NewEgg or TigerDirect. I run my show of a Gateway 10" netbook running Win10. I did a clean install of Windows and only have the basic/minimum stuff on there. Only used to run the show, the programming is done on a different laptop.
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