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Testing New Show And Wow Major Errors!

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Okay SOOOO, went to test my show and things are NOT lining up. Lights that should be on, aren't... lights that shouldn't be on, are... when I watched the show via animation while programming it all was good... HELP!?!?!?!?! ANY SUGGESTIONS or THOUGHTS or ANYTHING????

I have 4 metal boxes I used last year and still same unit number, i have new plastic boxes for this year as well. Last year had similar problem but my brother was doing the programming and is not longer living in the area to help. Some things arent workin while others are on the same controllers as well. Seem to be mostly with metal boxes.

ANY AND ALLLLLLLL HELP IS SOOOOOO APPRECIATED!!!!

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Check to make sure your channel configuration isn't all goofed up. Open up your sequence editor and load a sequence. Go to "view" at the top and then click on channel configuration. Check out the channel property grid and make sure your channel are set up on the right controllers/outputs.

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my daughter just went home. this is her first year and she is pretty much freaking. our show starts up thursday, and she does not know where to turn. any help for her would be great as she has put her heart and soul into this show and what looks great on the laptop looks bad outside. we went from 64 channels to 204 and she thought she had it.

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One thing I found over the years is that you can "accidentally” draw the wrong picture in the animation. I would check to make sure that the animation channel you think should be “tree1” is actually “tree1”.

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One thing I found over the years is that you can "accidentally” draw the wrong picture in the animation. I would check to make sure that the animation channel you think should be “tree1” is actually “tree1”.

Jacob you're absolutely right. I did this my first year. Once I learned what I had done, it was an easy fix.

A suggestion I have is to make a channel list on a seperate sheet of paper... I use MS Excel... It shows the Unit, Channel #, and Display element.(it also displays the number of strings, amps avg / string, etc...)

Once you have this list, go back into your sequence and click on each individual channel to show the channel's Configuration. Verify as Jacob said, " tree 1 is actually tree 1"

Next, go to your visualizer and scan down through your channels. Verify that your visualizer is correct.

Finally, check each display element and verify that they are plugged into the correct channel/controller. I have a diagram of my house and 2 lables on each element... first I label the element as "upstairs window 1, 2, 3, 4, 5." The second label is the LOR unit/channel #.

I then will disconnect the element that is not acting correct and plug it into a powered extension cord, making it static. I then verify that the assignment on my excel sheet matches my diagram. I then verify that it is the correct plug. If they don't jive, I re-assign it in the Channel properties in the LOR sequence.

This can be a tedious and frustrating task. It can take a while to fix all the bugs. As of right now, I have a few arches that are not plugged into LOR correctly. This is perfectly natural and should be expected as it will happen at least once during your set up each year.

Try not to stress. I too wanted to have my display running by Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, the demands of work and college are way too much. I have done all the work on my display without help. I began having server headaches and realized it was due to the display. I've never been fully up by Thanksgiving anyway so what's the rush? As a matter of fact, none of my LOR displays started earlier than December 10th. I'm finally off on Saturday and will be able to comfortably relax and finish wiring the last section, 96 channels,

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You guys are amazing and truly appreciate your willingness to help as well as your time!!

I am sitting down now to start trying these ideas!! Was hoping to start earlier BUT that lil thang called "life" had other plans, lol!!

Clyde Lindsey...thanks so much for your words of encouragement, much needed. Helped me to put things in perspective!!!!

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64 to 204 is a big jump!

What I would do is...

First check one sequence and make sure everything is right.

I change the colour on the elements so I know for example channel one does turn on tree 1.

Using the hardware Utility turning on each channel and make sure it is turning on what it should

This is how I found out the first year I had marked my dongles wrong.

Good luck !

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Also remember it's not doing what you want but most viewers will not know the difference. "Pretty flashing lights!!! Ooooh."

So don't stress. Light shows are like pizza. Even a bad one is still pretty good.

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Paul,

Yea HUGE jump!! THis is my first year doing any of this and my stepdad's (his show) 2nd year. 204 your first year uhm OVERWHELMING!!! to say the least!! lol

Thanks sooo much trying it now!

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Also remember it's not doing what you want but most viewers will not know the difference. "Pretty flashing lights!!! Ooooh."

So don't stress. Light shows are like pizza. Even a bad one is still pretty good.

Soooooo true!

My first year (when the dongles were wrong) I was showing the family they were oooo ahhhhh and I was WTF????

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Soooooo true!

My first year (when the dongles were wrong) I was showing the family they were oooo ahhhhh and I was WTF????

lol..happened to me too..

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Steve,

My team is hard at work on a display that needs 6 more LOR boxes to run that are “out for delivery" on the UPS truck today. So compared you are way ahead J Everyone else is right, you will see the “issues” but the crowd will appreciate whatever you have done. The best part is you can tweak the show throughout the season.

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we got our mistake fixed and were able to get the show off on time. last night we had 200 cars. we were shocked at the crowds being out so early this year. this was tangie's first year and i put quite a challenge on her, but her talent has amazed me. as soon as we have video i will post. thanks for everyones help. my daughter works for me and i am hard on her and sometimes i do not compliment her, but the fact she pulled off 204 channels with the quality it is, this is to say thanks tangie, you did awesome.

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