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Well you all know the movie now meet me the Dumbest I thought I would share a problem I encountered so it doesn't happen to anyone else, my show was running great untill I decided to add one more sequence to my show so I opened up my show editor added the show hit save and went out for the night when I arrived home I noticed that some of my lights were still on, the show had ended and hour earlier I couldn't possibly think what was wrong so I posted my problem, and with all the support from the really smart guys on this forum, Chuck figured out my problem and solved it for me, we thought it could be a bad triac, we thought it could be a firmware issue when in reallity it was a matter of a click with the mouse,

When ever you add anything to the show editor always always click on the turn lights off box otherwise you will go nuts for about five days trying to figure this thing out my thanks to all who helped me with this so I thought I would share this with any newbies who might encounter this problem

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jimswinder wrote:

Welcome to the club...

I was kinda lonely being here all by myself!! LOL

Never fear it takes a big man to admit his mistakes all the other guys must be really good at this or they are to scared to tell us Jim LOL
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shfr26 wrote:

I've made sooooo many mistakes that I can't list them all. Biggest was not backing up 3-4 days of work just before my computer crashed!!

Alright this is starting to grow now there are 3 of us how many more dumbies are out there LOL :P
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George Simmons wrote:

Don Gillespie wrote:
Alright this is starting to grow now there are 3 of us how many more dumbies are out there LOL :P

I'm thinking of a number between three and seven...

Your in George
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Don Gillespie wrote:

shfr26 wrote:
I've made sooooo many mistakes that I can't list them all. Biggest was not backing up 3-4 days of work just before my computer crashed!!

Alright this is starting to grow now there are 3 of us how many more dumbies are out there LOL :P

what's a dumbie?

anything like a bumble??



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jimswinder wrote:

Don Gillespie wrote:
shfr26 wrote:
I've made sooooo many mistakes that I can't list them all. Biggest was not backing up 3-4 days of work just before my computer crashed!!

Alright this is starting to grow now there are 3 of us how many more dumbies are out there LOL :P

what's a dumbie?

anything like a bumble??


Exactly
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scubado wrote:

I've had my fairshare of stupid mistakes too :) Such as putting a couple parts in backwards when building my PC cards. LOR support and this forum are the best!

Welcome aboard
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Maybe I'll have another one tomorrow. My son brought back my old computer cause I was using his, and swapped everything out and put my old one back together. Now in 37 minutes, I will see if I have a show, or will I have to go to a funeral tommorrow, for my son.

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shfr26 wrote:

Maybe I'll have another one tomorrow. My son brought back my old computer cause I was using his, and swapped everything out and put my old one back together. Now in 37 minutes, I will see if I have a show, or will I have to go to a funeral tommorrow, for my son.

Can you give us an update do I need to wear black today for the funeral or are we going to have a party LOL ;)
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shfr26 wrote:

If he does not get back over here and fix this, you can change to black.

don't hurt him to bad unless he is your first born then do what you like with him LOL :(
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The city show has a couple of triggers that the fire department can use to pause the show, and play a PSA while they leave.

While I was setting things up, I could not find the .lms files we used for the interactive triggers last year. Because we were setting up for opening night, I just went to the .bak files. I figured that usually, the difference between any two versions for stuff I work on is trivial enough not to worry about...

A couple of days later, we had confirmation that yes, the show did stop when the buttons were pushed. A couple more days later, we had confirmation that yes, the show was stopping, but only for about 30 seconds, and to silence. Looks like that last edit had included both attaching the audio files, and extending from 30 seconds to a minute 20.... Oops..

And the missing files? I found them in the folders I had set up to organize the true show versions of the last three years, before uploading to a FTP site for off line storage. Apparently I had failed to use copy and paste, and dragged and dropped those two files by mistake. (So they were moved instead of copied) A few minutes fixed that issue..

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The city show has a couple of triggers that the fire department can use to pause the show, and play a PSA while they leave.

While I was setting things up, I could not find the .lms files we used for the interactive triggers last year. Because we were setting up for opening night, I just went to the .bak files. I figured that usually, the difference between any two versions for stuff I work on is trivial enough not to worry about...

A couple of days later, we had confirmation that yes, the show did stop when the buttons were pushed. A couple more days later, we had confirmation that yes, the show was stopping, but only for about 30 seconds, and to silence. Looks like that last edit had included both attaching the audio files, and extending from 30 seconds to a minute 20.... Oops..

And the missing files? I found them in the folders I had set up to organize the true show versions of the last three years, before uploading to a FTP site for off line storage. Apparently I had failed to use copy and paste, and dragged and dropped those two files by mistake. (So they were moved instead of copied) A few minutes fixed that issue..

your in also
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Ok here is a new one I am sequencing today everything is going great so I try a couple of new elements to see how they are going to look in my visualizer, I play it back 15 - 20 times I can't see it I am going nuts then I realize what I was looking at was not what I was programing I thought I was turning my angel lights on and off when in fact I was turning my snowflakes on and off no wonder I couldn't see it my eyes hurt I have programed so long today but I am 11 min into my medly things are going real good, just another dumb moment by me. :)

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I can also admit to being a part of the "Dumb and Dumber" club too. Sometimes I've missed things that were right in front of me or in the manual, but just couldn't seem to find them until I asked about something I was doing here and found that out. DOH!!!

I can't recall all the dumb mistakes I've made, but I think one of the really dumbest ones was wiping out all my .BAK (backup) files and then finding out a sequence I had worked on got screwed up and no backup to get it back to what it was. :shock:

Now THAT was a REALLY DUMB mistake.:)B)

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Yep, I added a new sequence one day and ran it. I went outside to see the lights working just fine but no sound on the outside speakers. Long story- short, I forgot the outside speakers were on a timer......Doh!

MikeH

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This year I set up all the lights plugged everything in and ran a few tests and went to try with sound...... Where is my fm transmitter ......oh crap it was in a box that got thrown away cleaning out the office last summer. Had to get a replacement overnighted from California. This time I made sure to label the box that it is stored in.

So you can add me to the stupid people list.

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Count me in, this is just one of my many dumb things I did in my first year.

I had my display running and everything was fine for the first week so we left the show running and went out to check a few other displays and when we got home our light show was off. Turns out my computer had done an automatic windows update and restarted the computer.

Must remember to turn off automatic updates during showtime.

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Jason Burge wrote:

This year I set up all the lights plugged everything in and ran a few tests and went to try with sound...... Where is my fm transmitter ......oh crap it was in a box that got thrown away cleaning out the office last summer. Had to get a replacement overnighted from California. This time I made sure to label the box that it is stored in.

So you can add me to the stupid people list.


Oh man, if I did that I think I'd shoot myself!:shock:

I mounted my FM transmitter in the same box that my DC-MP3 Showtime Director is in, so no chance of me ever tossing that out with the garbage, now my wife or somone else, that's another matter...:shock:

Plus I keep all my LOR Controllers and the Tranmitter/MP3 Director all in one storage tote with all the assorted Cat 5 cables I use for my display and then some. Totes are large and CLEAR so I can see what's inside them. That way they are a lot easier to find among all my other assorted totes that are different colors. Got somewhat of a system that works for my storage in that aspect, red totes = Christmas, orange or purple totes - Halloween, green - G gauge trains, blue = O gauge trains, pink = my wifes stuff. (LOL), clear = LOR, Extension Cords, Cat 5 Cables, Power Stakes and Electronics goodies. Plus I label all of them outside too, with the exception of the clear ones since I can see what's inside them.

Othr non essentials are packed in cardboard boxes and labeled....uhm... sometimes.:? (Every once in a while I forget to label something, but I usually always open the box and check the contents before chucking it into file 13.:P
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