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dgrant last won the day on February 19

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  1. I'll add a bit of info for you. The DC controller outputs (3) different -12vdc levels and (1) +12vdc. Usually the black wire in this case is the +12vdc but pay close attention to the labels on the strip itself. There is no manufacturer standard to the color coding. With that said, usually, the Red wire is for Red, Blue for Blue and Green for Green. You can attach clip leads to them from the power supply and test by simply connecting the +12vdc wire then touch -12vdc to each of the R, G, B wires one at a time. The controller varies those -12vdc levels on each of the outputs to obtain whatever color you wish the strip too be. As stated already, in the case of dumb strips, the entire strip will be whatever color you wish it to be and the fades, twinkles and shimmers will work.
  2. Just in case you haven't read it already in these forums, Do Not buy "Martha" lights from HomeDepot. They are worthless unless its strictly on/off. Dimming can cause fires.
  3. I've got extra ELL's I'm not using and I'm willing to sell. Send me a PM if still interested
  4. I'll run mine tonight, Monday, then possibly shut it down for the season. Depends on how many cars are still coming by. Normally after I shut it down, I start taking it down the next day as it takes me a solid week to take it apart and get it put away.
  5. Change the pixcon to E1.31 and run an ethernet cable to it from the computer's TCPIP port
  6. dgrant


    Just this year, first time, lost an HLE string for a megatree (blowing fuses). They've been in-use for 6 seasons now. I'm not complaining at all, they work great.
  7. DOS 1.0 !! Actually my first computer was an analog inertial navigation system and not mine...lol. First software I ever wrote was machine code at the CPU level. Next was IBM29 card punch and then upgraded to ASR33/35 teletype with paper tape. Used it as a bootstrap loader to then run a mag-tape which loaded "Assembly" based machine code. We're not old, just gracefully becoming wise.
  8. I've wired small 12v relays to the cmb24d card, which allows me to control other things
  9. Are these controllers on the same network? Do you run some type of cleanup sequence at the end of your show?
  10. Sorry, Yes for the OP. My thought was that if he was trying to load all before playing and his computer was running out of ram, then it would certainly be an issue. I would expect an out of memory error notice popping up but who knows. I run an older Dell T5500 with 72gb of ram, so I'm not limited in anyway. Oh yes, don't forget that the Windows 10 Home, I think, can only use 4Gb of ram. Must go to Professional to get access to more ram. Just popped into my head so feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
  11. I miss two things we had in S4. The visualizer that would play while the show ran and the ability to manually turn on a channel directly from the sequence editor and see it turn on outside.
  12. Matt is correct! I used this with help from him and my "packed" pixel tree using a San Devices E682 is now configured properly which allows me to now have motion effects. Prior to this, I had manually created each and every individual strip with the varied lengths and had those in the preview. This method worked but wouldn't allow for motion effects or SuperStar changes or creations although I've not gotten back into SS as I did in S4...yet. Thank You Matt!
  13. In the show editor, when you clicked on the "Options" button, did you select the load before or load as needed option? Did you use compressed sequences?
  14. If they were/are dim, I was thinking you had them dimmed or possibly you've limited the controller output on those channels. I bought some LED strobes long ago but after testing them, O quickly found they weren't going to work as I wished. They all blinked at the same time unless you left them on for several minutes. Doing so would allow them to slowly spread out and look better.
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