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FPP not releasing control to WLED when idle

Started by cwr89, November 29, 2022, 10:28:30 PM

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cwr89

Hello, I'm at a bit of a loss of what to do. I finally stepped up to using FPP this year from just using xSchedule in the past. I've got the show playing correctly from start to finish, all good. But when FPP is in idle mode it won't stop sending out DDP (or e1.31) data to my controllers, so WLED is left in Live mode and wont play any of its presets. So in between my scheduled shows everything is dark.
I've tried a lot of things tonight, I first looked into the settings, and 'always transmit data channel' is not enabled. I do have a virtual matrix set up, I had 'blank screen on startup' enabled, it has since been turned off. I changed every one of my controllers (mostly esp32s) from e1.31 unicast to DDP and remapped all of my models. everything works when playing my show but when it finishes everything goes to black and WLED still says its live. 
I don't have this issue when using xSchedule. I switched over to FPP because I get way better video output on the virtual matrix than trying to trigger and sync it with xSchedule.
My issue lies somewhere between xlights and FPP, If I delete all my output channels then it releases all the controllers. But as soon as I upload anything from Xlights it sets WLED to live listening mode. At this point I'm totally lost on what to do next. Any help would be appreciated. 

Poporacer

Quote from: cwr89 on November 29, 2022, 10:28:30 PMBut when FPP is in idle mode it won't stop sending out DDP (or e1.31) data to my controllers, so WLED is left in Live mode and wont play any of its presets.
What version of FPP? I think there was a bug with that in earlier versions. Do you have the Monitor option selected for those controllers?

If to err is human, I am more human than most people.

cwr89

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Quote from: Poporacer on November 29, 2022, 10:35:09 PM
Quote from: cwr89 on November 29, 2022, 10:28:30 PMBut when FPP is in idle mode it won't stop sending out DDP (or e1.31) data to my controllers, so WLED is left in Live mode and wont play any of its presets.
What version of FPP? I think there was a bug with that in earlier versions. Do you have the Monitor option selected for those controllers?


Its version 6.2 I just downloaded it yesterday. so hopefully its the latest. Monitoring was enabled. I have since disabled it and it still is live.
I just tried a fresh build on a new sd card with 6.1.1, and as soon as add things with FPP connect they go live.

cwr89

So I got it all working correctly now, I did flash a new SD card with 5.5 and it immediately behaved correctly with my existing controller setup. I think theres a bug that my setup was really hitting hard. (and I'm happy to provide any and all needed files for devs to look at)

cabrio

#4
Interesting...I have the exact same problem on 6.2 that I just noticed about two days ago. I have not been able to even search out because I was at a complete loss for the right words to search for. All of it yielded nothing close to what my problem was. and finally I stumbled across this. only way I was able to stop it temporarily was I unchecked the enable outputs box. Otherwise all my Pi-hats were receiving data...even when FPP stopped playing, and My WLED controller would show that it was receiving some live DDP data. I messaged CaptainMurdoch as he and I had a team-viewer session in the summer where within a short while he fixed an EEPROM issue with the code.
I am going to re-flash with a different version and see what occurs...I'll post back here.
"There are 10 types of people in this world. Those that understand binary and those that don't."

cwr89

I hope what I found helps you! I was ready to pull my hair out. I was getting ready to ditch my virtual matrix, rewrite my show and go back to using xScheduler. but so far its been running for close to 16 hours correctly going in and out of playlists.

cabrio

FYI...6.1.1 reinstall as new and as soon as I start to upload any song and my models to the player from FPP Connect my WLED goes "Live" and my other Hat start to receive data from my player...going back to 5.5 and see what occurs.
"There are 10 types of people in this world. Those that understand binary and those that don't."

cwr89

yeah I had the same problem with 6.1.1 as well. 5.5 seems to be the trick for me.

dkulp

This is almost certainly due to something sending data back to the player somehow.   Likely a loopback of e1.31/ddp data, but could be other things.    Basically, FPP is sending out data someplace which is triggering something to send data back to the the player FPP which then triggers sending data out again.   If 6.2 is doing this, then something is configured wrong someplace and I'd really like to figure out where that issue is and if there is anything that can be done to display a proper warning about it.

Daniel Kulp - https://kulplights.com

cabrio

#9
I did a clean install of 5.5 and problem is not there.
I again tried a reinstall new of 6.1.1 and as soon as I upload from xLights it triggers the same result. I don't even have to start any sequence, just upload and my WLED says it's live and my P5 panel and piHat start receiving some kind of data, although no lights are on.
Very strange.
I'm open to a team viewer session. Captain Murdoch had a couple with me back in June and remedied the problem pretty quickly.
"There are 10 types of people in this world. Those that understand binary and those that don't."

cabrio

On 6.2 everything is perfect as long as I don't enable the virtual matrix on my player. As soon as I do everything goes to a live mode. 5.5 does not give the same result.
"There are 10 types of people in this world. Those that understand binary and those that don't."

cwr89

Quote from: cabrio on December 02, 2022, 04:08:51 PMOn 6.2 everything is perfect as long as I don't enable the virtual matrix on my player. As soon as I do everything goes to a live mode. 5.5 does not give the same result.
I can test this too, I still have the 6.2 image. and I do also have a virtual matrix in my show as well. 

I had the same results with 6.1 and 6.2 where just pushing the xlights controller config, be it e1.31 or DDP, would trigger some sort of data send. I didn't think to disable the virtual matrix. but I will give that a try and see what happens.

cabrio

#12
Can also confirm that on 6.1.1 or higher that simply by unchecking the enable box of the virtual matrix the data stops sending as well. The oddity is not that it sends data, it's that it sends some form of data everywhere.
I hope someone's investigating this.
Not knowing your system or setup, I can only assume that it varies in some detail from mine in one way or another. However since we both have the exact same issue and can remedy the same way tells me the problem is possibly more widespread though maybe no one has really noticed it yet?
Where you really notice it is in WLED where it locks you out of it by going "Live".
"There are 10 types of people in this world. Those that understand binary and those that don't."

cwr89

Yeah, I tested my 6.2 today and when disabling output to the virtual matrix everything acts as it intended. Could it be in the way I set up the matrix? I followed this video: 

dkulp

This was fixed on master branch on Saturday.   
Daniel Kulp - https://kulplights.com

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