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  1. Isn't there a setting that disables fades and effects on channels for things that will be simple on/off (switched) and can't have voltage variance? I thought that was for things like fans and other non dimmables to avoid damage.
  2. Adding to what others have said about HLE- they have been consistently great with customer service and with the products I have purchased from them for years. Early on I was not as kind to some my LED strings from them as I should have and they still took the abuse. I'll be placing a big RGB order with them shortly and expect more well made strings that I'll be thrilled with. Quality all around.
  3. Sounds like a permissions issue. Does the folder/directory already exist? Perhaps go ahead and create the directory before you do the install so the installer just drops the files into a path that already exists. /runs Parallels on Mac and Win 7 Pro and has run it for LOR for years. // ran 4.4.6 for a couple years and just now moved to the highest version that isn't 5.x
  4. My HA system has some existing actions related to the display that I enable and disable every season. One action I kick off when the show starts for the season is to block the on and off commands for all my exterior lights like the driveway, porch, etc. The action unblocks at midnight and turns on all the exterior lights. The block also also prevents the HA commands to run my lawn sprinklers that have display elements on them. Another script powers up one big inflatable and a mini light figure about an hour before show start and then off at midnight. On the weekends the inflatable fires up in the morning and is up for the entire day instead of the hour before showtime. I've heard conflicting information about LOR controllers running fans/motors for things like inflatables. I just use my HA system for it and can manage the inflatable like daytimes without having to depend on the show running. The HA system is running anyway so it all seems to work well for me.
  5. There is discussion during this conversion about drilling holes in walls. Don't forget the wireless kit LOR sells. 2/3rds of my display runs off the little antenna sitting inside on my windowsill.
  6. Guess I missed the discussion. I have run my show on a Mac Mini since my start - about 2007. Some of it was the Mini as a booting Windows box via "Bootcamp" but most of it via Parallels. I've only had a couple minor hiccups over the years- mostly with making sure I had the right Windows USB driver (after LOR updates) but otherwise not bad. It has been nice to have the Windows world in a self contained space so moving from one Mini to the next via hw upgrades was painless. The show and environment stays in perfect hibernation year to year when you're not running Parallels. I plug in the Mini, boot it up and the software side is ready year after year. I just got a PixCon 16 starting to work this year and also moved from 4.4.4 to 4.4.6 to 4.4.10 painlessly and the 2020 show just kept going. I ordered one of the new Mac Mini's with the new Apple M1 chip and plan on using it as my seq. machine with a big 5k display. I'll make the move to Windows 10 and S5 all in one fell swoop wrapped in Parallels 16+. The cost of the Parallels renewal and Windows 10 Pro for a Mac was about $140 this year. I bought 3 real W10 licenses on sale from PC World for about 39 bucks each- (the cost of a couple strings of lights). You'll need W10 anyway so it's 99 bucks to give it a try on a Mac. Yes it's probably (in some minor ways) easier to just pick up a PC or laptop off Woot or something used, but this works well for me and I feel the Mac based benefits are much greater than the 1 or 2 issues I have come across. I've had things like remote access to my show machine since back in 2007 and I'm just comfortable in this space. Some choose to solder their show boards, some write Pi sw or build their own coro props that add time and complexity to the hobby. I've been fortunate this flavor of running a show has worked well and Running on a Mac is something I don't see will be an obstacle when I add thousands of pixels under E1.31 for 2021. If you're a Mac person, don't be intimidated about running it this way. All the LOR sw to run a show is waaaay more of a handful to master. Not much to master doing it on a Mac. /Infomercial over. :-)
  7. I also work on my MBP and then copy over the sequences to my Mac Mini running the show. I use Apple Remote Desktop to also access the Mini in and around shows for maintenance. I have been known to sit out front with my laptop into the Mini running the show making changes and editing then watching the results. I'm sure others can also do remote access like this on the Windows side, but the option to do it is really easy on the Mac so far.
  8. I have been running LOR with 12 controllers and multiple ELLs across 2 houses on a Mac ("Mini") for about 12 years. I've done XP via bootcamp way back when, and the last few years on a newer Mini via Parallels (v13.x) and Windows 7. It is all seamless and has always run well. Folding it into the Mac to have things like iTunes and Remote access have been amazing. The only snag I have come across is not getting the PixCon 16 RGB boards to work/be recognized that I bought when they first came out. LOR dismissed it when I tried to chase the issues early on. I probably need to run boot camp and set up a partition and move to 10 next year but would lose the Mac features. Crazy to see the LOR apps in the Mac dock... Not getting the RGB boards to work has frustrated the heck out of me and stopped me from moving into RGB. I need to set aside time to get the drivers sorted out when I can find time after the season. Maybe is Mac users need a support circle so we have our own "tribe".
  9. GND = negative/ground connection -12v side . POS / + / 12v side Hope that helps and good luck!
  10. Ah here it is. It's the first link don the page for the USB to Serial driver- http://www1.lightorama.com/communication/ That will get you this serial installer- http://www1.lightorama.com/downloads/CDM20830_Setup.exe I got stuck on the com port and this fixed it. You've probably resolved this by now but someone else later may find this useful.
  11. Hmmm mine is on port 3. I think there is a generic PC serial driver I needed to download when I moved to Windows 7 that Parallels doesn't have. Let me go look. I've run my LOR display (96 channels) on a Mac for 11 years. The last 2 under Parallels instead of via Boot Camp.
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