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Problem with Mr Christmas Lights & sounds controller, Help appricated

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I just bought the Mr Christmas light controller and after hooking it up the music plays way to fast along with the lights so I thought it was a malfunction. I order another unit and it came in yesterday and it's doing the same thing. What am I doing wrong? :confused:

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I had two of those units last year and mine would do the same thing especially in the cold. I would turn them off and back on quickly and they functioned fine. Not sure that is the fix or answer but it worked for me. I would call the company and ask them about it.

Terry

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THurrie,

Don't know about the cold as the tempeture has been in the 60 here for the past week. In any case your solution WORKED! I turned the power off and then back on again quickly and the music started playing at the right speed.

Thanks for your help

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I just got mine set up last weekend and it is doing the same thing. I didn't really do much testing before plugging it in outside, so I look forward to trying this solution tomorrow. I'm having another problem with mine....I can't seem to get it play more than 4 or 5 songs before it shuts off. The box is still powered up, the power light is on, but it stops playing music and all the lights stay off.....

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Welcome Chad!

I'm having another problem with mine....I can't seem to get it play more than 4 or 5 songs before it shuts off. The box is still powered up, the power light is on, but it stops playing music and all the lights stay off.....

I havent heard of this problem before? This almost sounds like some type of an overload or overheat problem?

But that does not make much sense because the LASOC has a Replacable Fuse which ~should~ be blowing in this situation!

Maybe you could try changing the fuse anyhow to see if that could do something?

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Welcome Chad!

I havent heard of this problem before? This almost sounds like some type of an overload or overheat problem?

But that does not make much sense because the LASOC has a Replacable Fuse which ~should~ be blowing in this situation!

Maybe you could try changing the fuse anyhow to see if that could do something?

I have a brand new LASOC and I have all of those problems...I use an X-10 timer to turn the thing on/off and every time I turn it on, it just sits there with the power light on and no music or light sequencing (I think its an undocumented "sleep" mode feature). Turning the power switch off and then back on or using the X-10 remote to cycle power off and then on again always works...except when it then decides to go into "Chipmunk" mode and play too fast. Cycling power again fixes that problem and all is well. Also, about every third time the thing comes on, it only stays on for a few minutes and then goes into "sleep" mode...again, cycling the power fixes that and I've never had it "sleep" twice in one night. I think the thing is just made cheaply (i mean, come on...I paid $60 for it) and i use a work around. I program my timer to power on, wait a second, turn off, wait a second and come back on again. That is to get around the initial "sleep" problem. Then the timer waits another 5 minutes, shuts power off, on, off and on again in case the thing went to sleep again. Then its set for the night. Not elegant, but it serves so far.

This is my first try at a non-static display; seems like every night I have to go outside and make sure the LASOC is doing its job and checking for dead mini-lights. And my display is pretty modest...for you guys with the mega-displays, real-time maintenance must approach a full-time job!

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I guess I have one more thing to be 'watching for' with mine.

I do get the Chipmunk Mode start ups on any Cold nights with mine, its no real problem since I have it powered from a switched outlet and on cold nights I automatically flip the switch off and on a few times.

However now that you mention it, I did have one evening so far that nothing happened when I turned it on, Walked out to the unit and the power light was lit. I turned it off then on right on the box and it played fine the rest of the night.

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Yeah, these sound like my problems to a tee. I can't imagine it being an overload problem....I am only using plugs A, C, and E this year. It's cold now, but it was doing the same thing when it was in the mid 40's.

I leave mine switched on all the time, on a timer, so it sounds like I'll have to do some playing with the timer, as was mentioned. With 10 degree temps and 5" of snow, I don't like going out there and messing with the box everynight....once I get the FM transmitter hooked up and can keep the box on my porch it'll be better.

I'm used to things not going smoothly the first time! :)

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