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Offline David Pitts

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Re: Newbie Setup Instructions
« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2017, 08:00:41 PM »
Thanks. I'll try that tomorrow. Which power light?  No lights at all!

Maybe a bad fuse.
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Re: Newbie Setup Instructions
« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2017, 12:54:50 PM »
Thank you for this thread!  I got my new PI Cap and put it on my RP3. Followed the steps and now i have 100 pixel string dancing. Time to add string 2.  I also played a sequence i downloaded from Xlights. Now i'm ready to move forward. FPP made it simple to test my lights. Thanks again for taking the time to write this thread.
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Re: Newbie Setup Instructions
« Reply #17 on: April 21, 2017, 06:42:19 PM »
Thank you for this thread!  I got my new PI Cap and put it on my RP3. Followed the steps and now i have 100 pixel string dancing. Time to add string 2.  I also played a sequence i downloaded from Xlights. Now i'm ready to move forward. FPP made it simple to test my lights. Thanks again for taking the time to write this thread.
Steve in Vista

Where did you d.l a sequence for xlights ?   I'd like to try that and see how it's works

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Re: Newbie Setup Instructions
« Reply #18 on: April 25, 2017, 11:41:27 PM »
Looks like i jumped the gun.  A test sequence i uploaded to the PI made 50 lights light-up. It was not saved so i can't figure out how i made it. I have been able to send a test chase to all 150 pixels from xlights to the PICap using the test mode. Now i need to learn Xlights to make a new sequence for my 150 pixels hooked to the 2 ports on the PICap. not quite as easy as LOR but hopefully i will figure it out this week.
« Last Edit: April 30, 2017, 10:52:59 PM by steveh »

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Re: Newbie Setup Instructions
« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2017, 06:15:12 AM »
In xlights set up at least 1 e1.31 universe. That will give you enough channels for 150 pixels which is 450 channels.  In FPP just define the pi outputs for the number of pixels on each hat output.


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Re: Newbie Setup Instructions
« Reply #20 on: April 30, 2017, 09:24:54 PM »
Thanks for the info! I setup PICap for a string of 50 (150) and a string of 100 (300) total 450. I setup FPP as bridge mode. From Xlights with 1 universe i created 2 arches 1-50 and 1-100 Added a couple effects, saved sequence, and the test worked.  I then uploaded the sequence up to the FPP/piCap. Changed FPP to Standalone mode and ran the test sequence. All good! Now i can mount it in the case! 
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Re: Newbie Setup Instructions
« Reply #21 on: July 22, 2017, 12:45:37 PM »
Just as a note to the wise...

The Pi Cap can short out and blow a fuse if you push down on it and it hits the Raspberry Pi underneath it.  To fix this, put paper/insulator underneath to prevent the short.

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Re: Newbie Setup Instructions
« Reply #22 on: July 22, 2017, 03:58:27 PM »
Just as a note to the wise...

The Pi Cap can short out and blow a fuse if you push down on it and it hits the Raspberry Pi underneath it.  To fix this, put paper/insulator underneath to prevent the short.
I use those little clear stick on feet that you can buy at the hardware store and put one right on the top of the HDMI port.  If you trim the pins on the Pi cap on the bottom of the board it fits even better

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Re: Newbie Setup Instructions
« Reply #23 on: July 22, 2017, 04:28:37 PM »
I like the little thermal labels and I always have little pieces left over when I trim off the margins and they fit perfectly on the HDMI.  I started doing that after I shorted out a Pi matrix adapter last year.  So it is not just the Picap, but any cap / hat that can do the shorting out.
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Re: Newbie Setup Instructions
« Reply #24 on: October 22, 2017, 09:33:37 AM »
I'll try my question here. I am trying to use my S4 LOR sequence that will be converted by XLights software so that the sequence will run on the PI-cap. But how do I address pixels that are attached to the two ports on the cap?  Lets say they are addressed as universe 4 channels 1-384 and on the other port I have pixels that I addressed as universe 5 channels 1-312 in LOR S4. these used to be on a E6804 controller. But how now do I address them in the Falcon Pi? I know it would be the other output screen. Just not sure of the start channel number and how to do it in the window for both GPIO outputs.

Please a little guidance.

Thanks Ray

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Re: Newbie Setup Instructions
« Reply #25 on: October 22, 2017, 10:26:00 AM »
Even though you have two outputs on the Picap you only have 1 start channel so the channels on both outputs are contiguous.

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Re: Newbie Setup Instructions
« Reply #26 on: October 22, 2017, 01:22:17 PM »
Even though you have two outputs on the Picap you only have 1 start channel so the channels on both outputs are contiguous.

Ok, so in S4 I have universe 5 with 128 pixels, or 384 channels . Then universe 6 has 104 pixels or 312 channels. cant have one universe in S4 cause 232 pixels would be over the 512 channels per universe. How would I proceed? This is what has got me hung up.
Since I am using universe #5, should it be starting channel ((5 - 1) X 512) +1 = 2049? then 512 for the first GPIB 18 and 104 for the GPIB 19 field?

Thanks for helping.
Ray
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Re: Newbie Setup Instructions
« Reply #27 on: October 22, 2017, 06:36:39 PM »
The PiCap only uses absolute addressing.  You give it a start channel and the number of pixels on each output.  Output 2 start channel will immediately follow output 1s end channel.

As for me I have never learned how to speak in universe mode.

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Re: Newbie Setup Instructions
« Reply #28 on: October 22, 2017, 07:27:22 PM »
Thanks John. Still a bit uncertain, but it narrows down the possible answers. Will just have to hook up a few things and give it a whirl or two. Dang weather is getting nasty and got to get things set up.

Really appreciate the help.

Ray

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Re: Newbie Setup Instructions
« Reply #29 on: October 23, 2017, 04:54:48 AM »
I'm posting this for all those new to the PiCap;  this is my first year doing pixels and working with a PiCap.  I have 4 RobG WS2811 20W floods and also a single Lynx Express controller controlled by the 'Cap's DMX output.  This is how I setup my FPP/PiCap and configured them in xLights.  I hope this helps some newbies like me.
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