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Issue with my AL equipment need some help

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I hopping to find someone who has animated lighting gear so i can test if it is my MB or boxes that are not working. i can find the the MB and MP3 player when connected with my computer and the animated director. one box i can locate when directly plunged into from computer to box the other box will not show up. when going from MB to boxes neither show up. both were working a few days ago but some water got in one box and i dont know if it fried the whole system. all have good power lights and Heart beat lights so i am at a loss and getting worried as my Halloween might be static and so could Christmas. AL site states that my gear is to old for service and im not sure if this time of year they will even answer the phone,


any help or assistance would be great as i am not to tec savey 


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Sent you a text, I'm thinking it's the 485 or communication chip on the controller, it is a small rectangular chip with 8 prongs on the bottom. swap it out and you should be good to go.

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I just saw this tonight. Did this problem get solved for you? Not sure how much you are vested in AL, but most of the guys I know who had it, had Drew Hickman convert them to LOR protocol. Pete Peters in Bellingham was the closest one to you as a reference. Mike Ziemkowski who comes to Seattle every year for our CLAP meetings is another reference. There are others. They all got fed up with the lack of support, updates etc....

Come to CLAP April 30th and ask them about that.

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