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Software Upgrade Page

 
   

Free Upgrades for owners of the full version of LOR software.

 
       
    READ This Before You Upgrade:  
       
    If you upgraded and then have problems running the LOR software: Occasionally after upgrades (especially to 1.6.3 or higher) there may be configuration problems that affect the proper operation of the LOR software. If you experience a problem see (problems after update) below.  
       
    Versions 1.6.3 and higher require Windows Media Player (WMP)  version 9 or higher.  
       
   

S2 (LOR II) - Version 2.1.6 - December 12, 2008

 
       
    Description: S2 is the second generation of LOR code. It includes a number of high powered tools to help you develop your sequences. This is the much talked about LOR II.  Supports Vista.
Important, If you have purchased LOR software and are immediately upgrading to S2 you must first run the control panel program to complete the LOR install. You can then upgrade to S2.
 
    Requirements: Windows 98SE or higher, Windows media player 9 or higher. A purchased copy of LOR software.  
    Download: LORUpgrade-2.1.6  24Mb (Stop all LOR programs before you install the update!)  
       
   

LOR I - Version 1.6.1 - November 30, 2006

 
       
    Description:  Enhancement release. New waveform option, new icons and a few other new minor enhancements. Last version to support windows 98. Does NOT support Vista.  
    Download: LOR-Update-1.6.1 7Mb (Stop all LOR programs before you install the update!)  
       
   

Possible Problems After Upgrade?

 
       
    In general upgrades go without any problems at all. However in a small number of cases there are some issues. Here are the most common problems and how to fix them.  
       
    Sequences are no longer in sync:  
    When you upgrade from a version of LOR 1.6.1 or lower to a version 1.6.3 or higher, some sequences with MP3 files will be out of sync. If you used Audacity to prepare your MP3 file or purchased your sequences from LOR there will not be a problem.

Cause: Versions 1.6.3 and higher use newer sections of Windows Media Player (WMP) to play Audio Files. The older sections of WMP that were used prior to 1.6.3 worked differently. They would occasionally place a very short time of silence at the beginning play. Only some MP3 files are affected.

Fix: With S2 you can use the Skew Track function found under the Edit menu.  Generally you need to skew to the left (earlier) 0.3 seconds. Adjust until timing matches. .

 
       
    Upgraded to 1.6.3 or higher and Sequence does not play.  
       
    Cause1: Windows Media Player (WMP) 9 or higher is not installed.  
       
    Fix: Upgrade your version of WMP.  
       
    Cause2: Files had to be moved and the audio file is no longer associated.  
       
    Fix: To re-associate the audio file:
  1. Run the Sequence Editor and open the Sequence File.
  2. Click: Edit->Audio File or Edit->Media File
  3. Browse to the location of the audio file for this sequence and open it. 
  4. Save the file.
 
       
    Software does not  run correctly... Errors running programs or saving files.  
    Occasionally after a upgrade to 1.6.3 or higher there will be odd behavior by the LOR software. This can be manifested in a number of ways.

Cause: To comply with changes in Vista, LOR software 1.6.3 and higher stores data in different locations on your PC. Due to issues that we do not yet understand, the locations pointers are sometimes incorrect after a Update. 

Fix: To fix the problem the LOR entries in the System Registry are wiped out so that the freshly installed software can rebuild the information correctly.  Follow these steps in the order listed:

  1. Stop all LOR programs. If the LOR bulb is running in the system tray right click it and select "Unload Light-O-Rama"
  2. Run the LOR Registry Wipe program located here: LORRegistryWipe.exe
  3. Start the Light-O-Rama control panel: Click Start->All Programs->Light-O-Rama->Light-O-Rama Control Panel
 
   

Updating USB Drivers

 
   


IMPORTANT: DO NOT UPGRADE your USB drivers unless you are having a problem with communication. If it isn't broken don't fix it. Make sure the USB adapter is NOT plugged into the PC before starting these procedures.

Vista Install:
For Windows Vista, download and run this installation program:
www.lightorama.com/downloads/CDM_2.02.04.exe
When the installation program completes, plug the USB485 or USB485B adapter into the
computer. The first time you do this, Windows plug-n-play will install the driver software modules, this may take a minute because two drivers must be installed. After the installation by Windowshas completed, you can use the procedure described earlier in this document to find the port.


Windows XP Install:
For Windows XP, download and run this installation program:
www.lightorama.com/downloads/CDM_2.02.04.exe
[Older version, XP] If the above version does not work on your XP machine, download and run
this installation program:
www.lightorama.com/downloads/CDM_Setup.exe
When the installation program completes, plug the USB485 or USB485B adapter into the
computer. The first time you do this, Windows plug-n-play will install the driver software modules, this may take a minute because two drivers must be installed. After the installation by Windows has completed, you can use the procedure described earlier in this document to find the port.


Windows 98SE or ME Install:
Please refer to this manual:  RS485_Adapter_Troubleshooting.pdf