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    LOR Show Computer Issue

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    Well it's October and I put up most of the Halloween stuff this past weekend and got my show running. It's going better than I thought with LOR, but it's not without its small issues that I expected.

    I have done all of my sequencing so far on my personal laptop (not the show computer) and I'm transfering all of the Halloween sequences to the show computer. I opened the LOR Sequence Editor on the show computer and it said "Cannot find file /Sequences/" I can find the folder when I search the program files under LOR, but why can't the LOR software find it? It worked fine on my laptop.

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    Look for the LORPost.exe file located in your Light-O-Rama program directory. (Usually C:\Program Files\Light-O-Rama)

    It sounds as if the laptop, for some reason, is looking in the wrong place for the sequences. The above program will reset the location that it looks for the file. (You could also run the LOR Diagnostic program, and send the results to [email protected]. They'd be able to tell you for sure what is going on. However, it sounds like a simple issue to resolve.)

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    The subdirectory structure of the show computer needs to be the same as the structure on the laptop. If not...you need to create the subdirecotries your files are located in on the laptop the same way on teh show computer. If you ahve audio files in a different directory, they also need to be in the same named and structured subdirectories. If not...you won't be able to play the sequences. Not an LOR issue...it is the structure of your subdirectories.


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