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June 04, 2010, 10:35:11 AM
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greg

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Hi,
I'm new to this forum. I post this message because I'm not sure if it's a good idea to control my lights by a computer: if it crashes during a concert?

Do you have any experiences? Solutions?

Thanks
Greg

June 04, 2010, 10:44:26 AM
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Maarten Engels

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hi Greg,

Computers can crash, but it hardly happens if you are just using one software program.
Lighting desks can crash too, as they use roughly the same components found inside a PC. But it doesn't happen often.
In the end it comes down to whether the lighting control software is bug free, be it running inside a console or on a computer.
Maarten Engels
Visual Productions BV

June 04, 2010, 10:46:43 AM
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greg

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Ok, but is there a backup solution? For example if the computer crashes, another DMX mixer start working.

Greg
« Last Edit: June 04, 2010, 11:01:57 AM by greg »

June 04, 2010, 11:30:35 AM
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raystream

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just use a dmx merger with your computer and an other controller connected.
you can setup most mergers to make a failover, meaning if the signal from your computer fails then the other controller takes over.

but i don't think you will use the backup console offen.
i am running moving light and led matrix shows for over 2 years now with a computer (around 100 to 150 gigs a year with a minimum of 16 moving light) and only once my computer crashed.
you have to use good hardware and use a dedicated computer for it then there are no problems at all.




 

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