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Discussion in 'The Family Room' started by firebug, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. bluzervic

    bluzervic 65,768 Channels, 185 Universes

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    I usually just schedule the show using "Show on demand" and set the time to start and finish
    This is with LOR BTW

    You can also run it with the show scheduler

    No need for me to turn on speakers, I just use the FM Band and my Transmitter is on until I disable it for the year.
     
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    Seems the best way will be to have the wife on hand those nights I'm not home. My roster works out that I'll be working nights the 3 weekends prior to Christmas... :(
     
  3. Habbosrus

    Habbosrus Back again

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    Between now and Christmas 2014 you will learn so much that this question or issue may just be a distant memory. I ran my first show ever on 30 Nov 2013 via a Raspberry Pi using FPP (Falcon Pi Player) with zero issues. I didn't even know what a Pi was until the latter half of 2013. In December 2012 i had just found ACL, knew nothing about led's, pixels, volts, wire gauges, corflute, controllers, etc. I've learned a great deal since then, thanks to the great people here on ACL, but I've only scratched the surface.
     
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    I will pay you a visit before then Habbosrus. I learn 10x faster with people explaining and physically looking at stuff rather than reading text... :)
     
  5. DeeJai

    DeeJai Is that Magic Smoke?!?

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    my psu's are on a simple on/off timer, my laptop remains on, and I run scheduler. to start and stop my show.

    The only thing that lets people know that o,m not home when the display is going, is no middle age many jumping through the fake snow when they arrive.

    Snow machine and me sitting out the front are the only real differences.
     
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    I'm with Matt. I have my PSU's on timers and just set the scheduler on my laptop. I don't have the snow machine but I do have a stool and an eski.
     
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    No problem mate. Happy to help if I can, even if its just a little. I think we should visit Myrtle and his eski too!
     
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    Sounds good to me. As long as it is full... :D
     
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    mborg10 Michael Borg

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    That all depends on what time you visit.
     
  10. David_AVD

    David_AVD Bite my shiny metal ass! Community Project Designer Generous Elf

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    I did write up a simple circuit to do this using a relay, but it was mainly for use with a PIR. The thread is here.

    You could combine that idea with one of those cheap USB relay boards on eBay.
     
  11. talk2coxie

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    I'm with a few of you guys, I have all PSU's set with old fashioned timers like these ones below.

    http://www.bunnings.com.au/hpm-24-hour-timer-2-pack_p7052868

    All the timers are set to come on few minutes apart from one another to prevent any possible circuit overloads and approx 1/2 half before the scheduled show start.

    I left the laptop running the whole month too untouched once we launched.

    As for the outdoor speaker volume, I have a selector switch inside like this one which gives me volume control of the outdoor speakers from inside.

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/2-Channel-Speaker-Switch-with-Volume-Control-/390550990300?pt=AU_Television_Accessories&hash=item5aeea72ddc
     
  12. ԆцряєсϮ

    ԆцряєсϮ Senior Elf

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    Fully automated here as well, Dont need to be here as the power is on a timer, and show is through Scheduler.
    We actually went away for about 4 days day after Boxing day and the show just ticked along nicely.
     
  13. Christmas on Clarafield

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    I'm in the same boat. I manage a restaurant so I'm lucky to be home one or 2 nights a week in December. I have all my PSUs set on a timer, laptop is always on with teamviewer in case I need to access it via my iPad and the show runs from LSP scheduler. I did have a couple of issues towards the end but that was due to me not upgrading to LSP version 2.8.
     
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    My show PC stays off networks for the month of the shows and is usually in its' isolated state prior......sequences and other show files can be transferred via USB if needed.

    Staying off the network also means I can turn off a heap of the other usual housekeeping stuff that could affect the show such as virus scans.

    The other side of the coin - the last "Patch Tuesday" before the PC went offline it picked up a dodgy patch to windowsupdate itself. This broken patch messed with patch dependancies for Internet Exploder on Windows XP and rapidly consumes 95-100% of the CPU.......thankfully this didn't trigger during December as windows update would fail when it starts(due to not having a network). The problem with this was trying to figure out what was wrong, and then finally realising I was dealing with a two-month old problem......

    My show doesn't need me home to start it - the PC and LOR scheduler run continiously, the amp and lighting PSUs are on timer switches. It just starts when it needs to and I just look out the window to see if there are people there that might want the volume turned up a bit higher.....

    Cheers!
     
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    I can't run unattended. Traffic in my small dead-end street would be a time bomb otherwise :(
     

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