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Hi all. I have my lights up and ready to go. I have connected all the controllers (10 regular + 2 RGB) to the lights and have power and cat5 cables to them. When I run my show, there are things in the display that randomly flash when they aren't supposed to. Also, some of the RGB items light up but in the wrong color. I'm not sure if the two are related or not but it seems like quite a coincidence. I've replaced a defective cable and ran the cat5's in different orders but no luck. Anyone have any ideas what might be causing this? Thanks in advance for any advice that you can offer. 

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Is your network speed configured properly?  Did you add controllers this season, are they G3.  Are you using a red adapter?  Are they all on one LOR REG  network?  Are the RGB Pixie2 (4, 8, 16) configured to run BRG?  What software are you using, S4, S5, xlights?  Make sure your sequences are clean and no timing blocks are filled in unexpectedly that may cause random flashing.  Just a few ideas to check.

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Thanks for the tips. It is mostly the same as it has been for the last two or three years. One change is that I had two controllers repaired that I haven't used for a few years. I had been using ones that were borrowed. It is possible that they are running an older version of the software. I am using S4. The programming is clean as far as stray timing blocks filled in. Not sure if it could be a software issue with the older controllers but I may try to research whether that could be the problem.

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