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P12s & why it wouldn't work properly

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  1. mborg10

    mborg10 Michael Borg

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    Last year I setup my J1sys p12s to control my mega tree. For the life of me I could not figure out why 2 of my universes wouldn't work. Well today I pulled the controller out to mount into its new box and is found the problem.

    Can you spot it[​IMG]
     
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    BundyRoy Senior Elf

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    Michael, I've done exactly the same thing as well. Luckily for me I thought one of the wires must have been loose so I pulled the plug out only to realise it was offset by one pin. Spent a fair while going for other options before I got to thinking it was a loose wire though.

    They need to make the shape of one of the central pins slightly different so it can only go in one hole. That way it has to be right or it won't fit.
     
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    bluzervic 65,768 Channels, 185 Universes

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    Nice catch....is that +V on the data line ?


    -blu
     
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    mborg10 Michael Borg

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    Sure is. Don't know what damage it did if any cause the ground was not connected.

    If it did any damage, hopefully it was just to the first pixel.

    Haven't tested the lights yet as the ones I used last year were wrong spacing and I have replaced all 2016 pixels for my mega tree. The pixels from last years tree will be used for a tunnel. At least the mega tree will work properly now.
     
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    buzzdude Full Time Elf

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    I did exactly the same thing last year. Took me an hour of checking everything, until I noticed the offset. Luckily no damage to anything, but I felt stupid and relieved at the same time. bundyroy is onto a great idea.
     
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    mborg10 Michael Borg

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    It only took me 9 months to figure it out so your quicker than me
     
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    Jamie Lighting up the night.

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    Very easily done.. Check and double check...
     
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    thx for the tip, i will be aware when i put mine together.
     
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    Doh.... Been there and done that got the tee shirt!
     
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    Benschristmaslights Dedicated Elf Global Moderator Generous Elf

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    you should be ok David
     
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    Boof63 Senior Elf Generous Elf

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    ok as someone looking to order a p12 for a matrix for this year what actually am I missing in the photo, (guessing from comments data into the positive). can someone please explain the mystery,
    cheers and thanks

    Boof63 :-[
     
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    Superman I Have C.L.A.P and its very infectious Global Moderator

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    the 2 little plugs on the RHS of the picture aren't lined up into the slots correctly
     
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    mborg10 Michael Borg

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    Don't you mean LHS look at p09
     
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    Superman I Have C.L.A.P and its very infectious Global Moderator

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    oops had my Mickey Mouse watch on the wrong arm again. Left hand side it is.
     

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