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Brian,

Are you asking about the status window, which you normally get to by right-clicking the LOR Icon in your toolbar, and selecting "Status?"

If so, I am unware of anyway to have that come up on boot.

One thing to keep in mind, though; If you "Enable Shows" and "Launch at Startup" LOR should restart for you, and enable the lights in the event of a reboot.

It's been a year or so since I tested that, but I'm 95% sure that the shows will remain enabled, if you infact had them enabled when the system was rebooted. I could be wrong; wouldn't be the first time! ;)

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Don wrote:

It's been a year or so since I tested that, but I'm 95% sure that the shows will remain enabled, if you infact had them enabled when the system was rebooted. I could be wrong; wouldn't be the first time! ;)


That's my experience. I usually reboot my machine about once a week during the show, "just in case". I'm running Win98 after all and it isn't exactly designed to be a server...

-Tim
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ooooooh, I think I see what you mean after I read Don's posting. I think he answered your question. You are probably talking about the "LORTray.exe" file. It loads the scheduler as a Windows service.

My experience is the same as Don's and Tim's. If you run the Light-O-Rama Control Panel (LORTray.exe) then right-mouse-click on it to select "Launch at Startup" from its menu, then that should be all you need to do. If the computer needs to reboot, then the scheduler will still run.

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Don wrote:

Brian,

Are you asking about the status window, which you normally get to by right-clicking the LOR Icon in your toolbar, and selecting "Status?"

If so, I am unware of anyway to have that come up on boot.


Yes Don this is what I was referring to. I have "shows enabled" and "launch at startup" selected, I just like having the dialog box with current status and the time of the next show on the desktop.

As for rebooting, I find I have to reboot daily running WinXP. Otherwise it hangs and the next show will not start.

Thanks for the advice,

Brian
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FireMedic4Christ wrote:

As for rebooting, I find I have to reboot daily running WinXP. Otherwise it hangs and the next show will not start.

Brian, if you have time, you may want to take a closer look for reasons why you need to reboot daily. That sounds very odd and might be signs of another issue. On my computer that runs LOR, ZaraRadio, and the sercurity cameras (all on one computer), it has only rebooted twice during the last year (automatically) and that was because Microsoft pushed down some updates.
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I would agree with Richard that you probably want to do some looking around for another problem. You shouldn't have to reboot nightly when running LOR (or any other program, for that matter.)

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As for rebooting, I find I have to reboot daily running WinXP. Otherwise it hangs and the next show will not start.

I had the same problem last year. I could not go more than one night in a row without rebooting. This is on a WinXP laptop desighnated solely for LOR...go figure. If anyone has any ideas as to what might cause this...I'm open for suggestions. Thanks.
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Richard...all I know is that on two different occasions (the only two times I tried, that is)...the show ran flawless the first night, but on the second night, the show never started. As far as the indications...the best I can remember, when I tried to click on anything it appeared that the PC was frozen. I can't remember if I could do the "3 finger salute" to reboot or if I had to completely power it down. Like I said...I only tried twice to let the show run for more than 1 day and BOTH times the show never started the second day. Very annoying problem when around the holidays, I have many things going on and have to make sure I'm home in order to make sure my show starts.

Kevin

P.S. I don't know if this mateers or not...but I'm running a laptop cooler (Antec) which is USB powered...but again, everything works fine the first night.

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OK, well lets start with testing your Laptop without LOR running.

Fire it up, and let it go for a whole night withing nothing running..

Make sure you set LOR to disabled, and exit out of and close the control panel.

If in the morning, or next night prefereably you come back, and the laptop is unresponsive, or sluggish, you have other issues.

If you see nothing, the we will move to step two of Trouble shooting 101

Scott.

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You probably need some time to narrow down the possible causes before anyone here can help you. The suggestion above is a good one. Run without LOR.

Since you say it is a laptop, start by turning off all of the power saving features (I assume you have it powered all the time). I've seen cases where power-saving features on laptops will stop the USB ports from working and then not power up correctly.

If LOR is the only thing running on it, and you find out the issue is not LOR (I'll bet the cause is something else), then you might consider getting the laptop back to the factory state or re-installing a fresh copy of Windows XP.

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Richard, you make a great point about turing off the power saving features....

That should include turning off hibernation/standby as well, not just the hard rive and monitor features

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FireMedic4Christ
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As for rebooting, I find I have to reboot daily running WinXP. Otherwise it hangs and the next show will not start.

I had the same problem last year. I could not go more than one night in a row without rebooting. This is on a WinXP laptop desighnated solely for LOR...go figure. If anyone has any ideas as to what might cause this...I'm open for suggestions. Thanks.



i had about the same problem. a few weeks ago, i begin to keep my sony desktop running to see if i would have problems keeping it on and i did. my sony has got the hard drives close to each other in the rack with a small gaps in them, i have 3 of them, 1 has OS on it, 2nd with music and files, and the 3rd one is backup. after 1 night with the pc locking up, i look into the problem, it was my hard drives getting way too hot and over heating. and that cause my 2nd drive to click , going bad. to fix that i got a new hard drive to replace that 2nd one. an aftermarket 80mm fan to replace the stock one, more air flow. and i took the backup hard drive out and put the 2 drives on diff sides of the rack, keeping the middle slot open. and then i have to keep the computer cover off , on top of that. no problems, the desktop been running since then, hope this help someone

james
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cattlefarmboy wrote:

i had about the same problem. a few weeks ago, i begin to keep my sony desktop running to see if i would have problems keeping it on and i did. my sony has got the hard drives close to each other in the rack with a small gaps in them, i have 3 of them, 1 has OS on it, 2nd with music and files, and the 3rd one is backup. after 1 night with the pc locking up, i look into the problem, it was my hard drives getting way too hot and over heating. and that cause my 2nd drive to click , going bad. to fix that i got a new hard drive to replace that 2nd one. an aftermarket 80mm fan to replace the stock one, more air flow. and i took the backup hard drive out and put the 2 drives on diff sides of the rack, keeping the middle slot open. and then i have to keep the computer cover off , on top of that. no problems, the desktop been running since then, hope this help someone

james


Gee, that is the most odd reason for locking up that I ever heard, but it makes sense I guess. I've heard of memory heating issues that cause locks, but haven't heard of hard drives doing it. I'm thinking your failure may be an ususual one. I would think lockups to be more likely to be USB driver causes or performance settings in Windows.

About leaving the cover off your computer... many computers design cooling air flow to depend on the cover being on so the fan can pull air in the front, across the drives and CPU fins, and then out the back. You might want to review that. If the cover is off, you can get hot spots inside due to lower air flow.

I know you are talking about a desktop unit, but laptop users probably have a different reason for lockups that I mentioned above. On my brand new latop, I was starting to get lockups a couple weeks ago, but quickly realized it was due to the sleep mode. After turning off sleep mode, there were no problems. I was able to confirm that by letting it sleep, then moving the mouse to wake it up and I saw that LOR was hung. I simply removed the USB cable, reconnected it, and LOR started working again. I've never experienced that problem with other USB drivers. There should not be any reason why you can't run the computer with LOR for the whole Christmas season without a lockup.
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