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DevMike

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  1. I do my part: Anyone I talk to on the phone is told skip the black go for red and spend the $2 When we say black or red, we are talking about the small T-Shirt adapters, not the B/ISO ones. FYI: the ISO one CAN do 500K (and happens to be black). The B one can NOT. Read about it in boring detail here: http://www1.lightorama.com/network-speeds/ This is the one of the FEW things that Jim and I disagree on (wow. Not many of those!) Unless provided for on the adapter (like the B or ISO or Repeater), we do NOT recommend splitting the RS485 signal. Impedance mismatches
  2. If the sequence identified and you are trying to schedule is a LOR S5 sequence (.lorprot or .loredit), you can ignore that. It's not really an error, it's Verifier not understanding that you can now schedule those file times. If the sequence identified is a legacy sequence and you are trying to schedule that (.LMS, or .LAS) then this error still applies - there is something wrong with that sequence. Check the help file for more information.
  3. In case you missed the announcement forum, 5.3.6 has been released this morning.
  4. Today we released production version 5.3.6 of the Light-O-Rama Software Suite. This is an official production release, not a beta release. S5 fully integrates the Pixel Editor, Sequence Editor, and Visualizer into a single program and adds many enhancements to help you program large channel count stages. S5 uses a different methodology called 'Visual Sequencing' to create amazing sequences and has new automatic programming tools called 'Motion Effects' that will speed your sequencing. For more information on S5, please see the "Sequencer (Showtime 5)" section of our Tutorials and PDFs
  5. Sorry folks. We had some minor issues with our server today that pushed us past the time we could get the build finished. It will be out tomorrow morning.
  6. That is incorrect. Do you remember where you saw that? We recommend no more than 2000-2400 pixels per LOR network using ELOR at 500K with average sequences. With a PixCon at 1000K you should be able to do more than that - somewhere in the neighborhood of 4000-4500 with average sequences. Remember that there are additional considerations when using 500K/1000K and ELOR.
  7. G4 Link capability was added in 5.3.0. It requires a firmware update also released at that time. Despite what I thought earlier in the year, we are not going to bring this functionality to any S4 versions (as development on S4 has been halted). http://www.lightorama.com/help/index.html?whats_new.htm
  8. So you are saying my Cox Sanwa 2 channel (on ch 13, 72.4 mhz) from circa 1983 is probably death? [I even still have the servos and the box!]
  9. The easy answer is: You never need to worry about creating playback files again. All you have to do is schedule the .loredit or .lorprot or use those to create an SD card. The software will take care of the rest. You don't need to worry about where they are created since the software re-creates them as needed from your source, or may not create them at all. The Verifier does need some serious work as we have been ignoring it for a little while now. Ignore that message that it can't find the LAS or LMS. Verifier has not been coded to understand the new playback files, so it's s
  10. Thanks for the reply! For me, understanding how E1.31 works starts with a foundation of understanding of how networking happens. E1.31 sits at the top of the osi model, and these videos build from the bottom. It was my thought that a good foundation could help. Knowing why a packet does what it does could help with why you can't configure your controller. Thanks for giving them a watch !
  11. I'm interested if anyone has watched these (or one) and what they thought... Doing these things for a living means that I could be wrong in thinking he is explaining things in a down-to-earth, easy-to-understand manor.
  12. I like the idea for one main reason- less traffic. The biggest killer on Halloween are kids being hit by cars. Free candy can cloud even the most responsible child's mind - They run into the street without looking and tragedy strikes. Less cars on the road, would reduce the chances. How about we move trick or treating to the Saturday, and leave Halloween on the 31st?
  13. The user Ben Eater on YouTube makes excellent videos on how computers work at their basic level, how networking works, etc. I love his series on building your own computer from scratch. By scratch I don't mean by buying a power supply, motherboard, etc. I mean from LOGIC GATES and physical wire. I know what accumulators, program counters, and registers are (intimately!) His videos showed how they actually work on the hardware level. I knew what they did - now I know what they are. This led me to his other videos, and a set he has on Networking. His videos take you from the lowest l
  14. Today we released production version 5.3.4 of the Light-O-Rama Software Suite. This is an official production release, not a beta release. S5 fully integrates the Pixel Editor, Sequence Editor, and Visualizer into a single program and adds many enhancements to help you program large channel count stages. S5 uses a different methodology called 'Visual Sequencing' to create amazing sequences and has new automatic programming tools called 'Motion Effects' that will speed your sequencing. For more information on S5, please see the "Sequencer (Showtime 5)" section of our Tutorials and PDFs
  15. The LOR-PixCon16 is a very advanced smart pixel controller, meaning there are many ways to configure it correctly... and incorrectly. Let's start with the basics.Bare Minimum PixCon16 Setup ChecklistBe sure to follow each of these steps IN ORDER. Do not proceed to the following step until you are sure the current step is complete. Please note that you may be further along in your testing than where this check lists starts. Please do not skip any of the previous steps even if you think you have performed them correctly already. Start at #1.If you have already tried to configure the board, you s
  16. HURRAH!!!! With help from Vince4XMas, I was able to track down and fix the run-time error. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP, Vince! For the Geeks: It turns out that there was an issue between his computer and one of the icons I use in the toolbar. This icon has been in use since Hub was created 2 years ago and never had an issue prior to this release. To me that says there is a bug in the Windows VB Run-time library that only shows up with a very explicit set of circumstances. Replacing this icon with a Bitmap icon fixes the issue (or possibly changes the circumstance enough that the error
  17. You can always wait for our summer sale (which we should have) where that will most likely be on sale. Be sure to sign up for our eMail list on our server. That's how we let people know if/when a sale will happen. Before anyone asks: NO I, and everyone else at the company except Dan, DON'T know if/when a sale will be. We typically find out at the same time you do
  18. Speeds and capabilities of all our RS485 USB adapters can be found here: http://www1.lightorama.com/network-speeds/
  19. If they are LOR pixels, I recommend you just leave them hang (or bundle them up). If you cut your strings, you void the warranty.
  20. I'm sure Matt will chime in here, but I believe that is because you are: 1 - Using S5 2 - In S5 are using Motion Effects Motion Effects ALWAYS require you to use ELOR. That's not a change, it has been like that since S5/PE
  21. Yup. I got the E1.31 stuff all sorted out. It was the RS485 side I needed the help with. In the end the issue I was working on was not data related, it's hardware. But you know the drill: when all you have is a hammer (programmer) every problem you see is a nail (data). I may still have to write something in the future, since it would have been a big help. Thanks to everyone who went looking and tried to help.
  22. Ok, so I did a remote with (I think) Vince4Xmas and I'm still not able to pin down the problem. I know he was running Windows 8. Are all the rest of you running Windows 8 as well?
  23. I appreciate the try! I can get the raw data off the line (or I should be able to, I haven't actually done that yet). What I need is a DMX protocol analyzer. Something that once it gets the data off the serial port it can turn it into meaningful labeled data by channel with timestamps, etc. It is starting to look like I may have to write my own. Hey, maybe a new product for LOR to sell
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