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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.
  14. We went dark on the 2nd, had a few people that wanted to check it out. Started tear down today, we got about half done. All six controllers brought in. All the spt cords coiled up to each tree or prop. All the other extension cords coiled up and in the garage waiting to go into storage bins. I have the inflatables running in the garage to dry them out, we had a rain the past couple days... We also have a bunch of stuff to fix, partial strings out and what not. already bought and received some new stuff for next season too!
  15. found a decent article with good pics of how to wire multiple outlets and GFI's https://www.do-it-yourself-help.com/wiring-multiple-outlets-diagrams.html
  16. She took a few more cell phone videos. These are loaded on Google Photos. She created a New Years sequence with parts of 5 songs https://photos.app.goo.gl/RyCxZqPygUPWV7g4A Mr Roboto https://photos.app.goo.gl/3bPUvZRZthqo1XqD8 Wheels On The Bus https://photos.app.goo.gl/2X8FeAAUWEkS5HTZA Right Now https://photos.app.goo.gl/f9XK9KNT7Z996AKv6
  17. We also have issues with popping the GFI's in the rain. I think our main issue is that I have 3 controllers all on the same outlet and the voltage leaks add up... I am planning on adding additional circuits to separate the controllers. I will also go over everything as we take it down to check for nicks/cuts in any of the wiring. Power/amp wise we don't need the extra circuits but spreading out the GFI load should help. I have the tomato cage trees off the ground on pvc pipe, all the plugs are elevated on stakes and any female plugs that are facing up have the outlet cover plugs in them.
  18. And the show has been running fine since I last posted... I'm gonna be on the lookout for a 'new' more powerful computer to run the show.
  19. My wife took some videos with her cell phone tonight...
  20. So I rebooted the computer today before the show started. I opened the task manager to watch the CPU, RAM, Dick usage. The entire time the ram was steady at 1gig out of 2 being used, the graph never noticeably changed. On the other hand the CPU usage spiked to 100% or close to it when the sequences first started up and then quickly settled down to 20% range or so during the sequence. The disk usage also increased noticeably but not near maximum. After the show ran it's first full run the spikes in CPU usage was less but still pretty high. When the third sequence started the entire show/display went dark for a second or two and then most of it came back on. Several channels on a couple of the controllers did not come back on. When the next sequence started everything went back to running normally and I haven't seen it happen again today. I took a couple pics of the monitors with my phone. Maybe I just need to upgrade to a more powerful machine?
  21. Unfortunatly that is all the ram the computer allows for. I also only use it to run the show. Yesterday was the first time we have seen this glitch happen. I wonder of that is what happened? Ran out of available memory and it had to reset it self... I used the same computer in previous years with no issues. Only change this year was adding another controller, six total and using about 90 of the 96 channels. I suppose I can run the task manager and watch the ram and cpu usage and see what it shows.
  22. No idea on the age of the computer... It was a hand-me down. It's a Gateway netbook that started life with Windows 7 starter edition, a couple years ago I upgraded it to Win10. It has 2 gigs of ram and also a 1gig sd card in ready boost as extra memory. Win 10 was a clean install and there is nothing else on the computer but LOR. I have the wifi switch turned off. The computer was rebooted the other day, we had a power outage. I will do a reboot after the show ends tonight and before it runs again tomorrow.
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