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Apache Lights

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  1. I really need any help I can get if I can't get this taken care of I've not no show this year.


    I'm using LSP running Renards and LOR.  I've been having comm port errors but I think I got them taken care of with a reinstall of the LOR dongle driver.  I can get the Renards to test in the sequencer but I can't seem to get the LORs to do anything at all.  When I move to the scheduler I only get an error that says my outputs have not been configured despite multiple attempts to do so in the sequencer.
    I don't know if this is important but when I check the dongles in Windows devices the baud rate is listed at 9600 instead of the 57600, I've tried resetting it but when I exit it doesn't seem to stay.  Though the Renard dongle says the same and seems to work.  I'm sure there are dozens of other things I should mention that I've seen or tried but after midnight my brain turned to mush and its all a blur.


    I should be noted that I'm not exactly computer savvy so I would appreciate any help to come in small words.  That being said I have been LSP for 4 years and have always got it working in the past.

    Thank you for any help or advice.

  2. I put this up last year so I figured I should do it again for any displays in the Valley. This is to have your house marked by the map in the Republic and on azcentral.

    The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com Holiday Lights map 2012 will publish December 12th in the community Republic’s and December 13th in the Things to Do sections of the Republic. For a $5 donation to our annual Season for Sharing campaign your holiday display can be featured in print and online. Since you've participated before, we didn't want you to miss the opportunity for your home to be featured this year.

    The online submission form is available at https://subscribe.azcentral.com/lights/.

    If you have any questions please feel free to call.

    Thank you.

    Stacy Meader

    Information Specialist


    [email protected]

  3. I did this last year and it seemed to work ok, but it's only been a year so I can't speak to its longevity.

    The lights I painted were novelty lights (holly and poinsettia), so it was more cost effective. I personally wouldn't use this method on minis or even large numbers of lights. Joeengler is right the paint isn't that cheap and the time investment is substantial. If you’re looking for large numbers go for the color caps.

  4. I know this isn't the most technical advice to give but, I always start with pushing the light in and maybe a good shake. This will work, or at least let you know which light is broken the vast majority of the time. One more thing, don't underestimate the importance of visual inspection, if something doesn't look right it probably isn't.

    Seriously though, good luck..

  5. The long and short here is that LOR is a victim of their own excellence. If they were a flaky unpredictable company nobody would expect much from them and not design their displays around their sales and product availability. LOR has delivered at or above my expectations every time without fail. I'm starting to feel a bit anxious right now (as are others) because I designed, built, and programmed for more controllers that I'm not sure I'll be able to get. I suppose that's poor planning on my part but the idea that there would be no sale or stock never occurred to me. Like the rising of the sun I simply knew it would happen. I'm willing to except that some things are simply out of people's control, but the waiting and wondering can drive you mad. At this point I'd be happy with an assurance that they will be available and shipped by the time the lights go on. Dan's word is more than enough for me.

  6. Ok, this gets a little complicated.

    I'm trying to start an new sequence in LSP but when I tried to set my virtualizer image, I can't find the image (hard drive crash a few months ago). I though I had it saved on a jump drive but I can't find it there either. I would rather not take a new picture because I would have to draw all my channel images for what seems like the 10th time. I have sequences I've been updating in LSP from last year. These still have the old image. Is there a way to recover this image from the sequence or LSP? When I go to configure and system it has a directory for default image but it's blank. It just seems like this should be easy but I can't seem to find a way, I'm hoping somebody smarter than me knows something. Thank you.

  7. You might be a Christmas Decorator if you have more extension cords than the local hardware store.

    Last week I asked my 10 year old son to set up a fan in the kitchen, 20 minutes later I walked into the kitchen and the fan was just sitting there. I asked him why he didn't do what I asked him to do. He said, "The cord didn't reach". I kneeled down in front of him and said, "Son... are you telling me you couldn't find a single extension cord in this house". (Knowing full well there were at least 34 of them right behind me from arch testing I was doing earlier) He smiled a bit when he realized how ridiculous an excuse it was. I thought it was hilarious.

  8. Just to throw a question out here into the mix: Wouldn't any sort of financial renumeration- even if it is for charity- be a flag for the music license question. I know that charities have to be very careful about taking financial donations in exchange for services- I have had many tax experts tell me that the donation is no longer a 'donation.' Wouldn't taking renumeration (even for your charity) be coupled with your display going 'commercial'? And therefore require commercial music licensing.

    No answers here, only questions to look at...


    That hadn't occurred to me... good question. I of course have no answer, but I would like one from a more knowledgeable person. Anyone?

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