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  1. Hello to all, I have seen alot of posts concerning issues with the floppy drive on the Fat Frog desk. As an FYI-I just replaced an original Panasonic drive on a version 1 desk with an Inland internal floppy drive. it was available at Micro Center and cost $7.99. The install was very straightforward. The Inland drive was an exact match--both in the rear panel & the (4) anchor screws on the bottom of the desk. My boot up time went from 2 minutes to about 30 seconds. I hope this helps others in the same position.
  2. Hi Keith, I tried several variations and have found that: The tracking option ON/OFF has no effect--you must reset to 0 with either one; the Tag Replace MUST be set to "Replace" or "Add" otherwise NO re-recording will occur.
  3. Hello, I was wondering why I am having difficulty recording looks from a submaster to memory AFTER the first time I hit <PROGRAM> to record a memory in the stack? In other words-suppose I have channels 1-6 in SUB 1/1. I raise SUB 1 (on page 1) to FF, then hit <PROGRAM> (with LED at MEMORIES)-->the level records correctly. The playback is CH 1-6 at Full. Now I want to set SUB 1 at a different level, say 50%. I set SUB 1 fader to half and hit <PROGRAM>. I get a dialog box saying "Nothing to program". Yet if I take SUB 1 to ZERO level, then reset it to 50% and hit <PROGRAM>, the levels are recorded correctly and playback is CH 1-6 at 50%. This happens on both the actual desk & Phantom Frog. I am using v10.12 for both. I have the desk set for partial mode; tracking (ON--); Replay/tag=Replace; Brightness=Channel; Color=All; Beamshape=Channel; Position=All. Also-I don't want to use the "Save All" option, as I may not wish to save attributes from fixtures in the memory. What am I missing here? Thanks.
  4. Hi Peter, The latest release of Fixture Manager is working properly. Thanks for the new release. -John
  5. Thanks Jon. Again, I find the customer support at Zero 88 to be exemplary!
  6. I have observed that the most recent version of the Common Fixture Manager 2.5 seems to have a bug in it. I had difficulty loading in fixtures. Also the app does not save the *.cft file, even though a dialog box does come up and appears to be doing a "save" operation. I am running WinXP and SP3. I had to go back to v in order to create/save a custom *.cft file. Zero 88 please fix this when you get a free moment. Thanks.
  7. Hi-I had a similar issue when I changed the thumb/finger wheel assignments on a fixture. I loaded the revised .cft file, but the FF still would not make the change. When you change the profile of a fixture, you have to be certain that the board recognizes this change. There are a couple of "caveats" to keep in mind: First-Since you are going to be using two different profiles for a fixture, keep the manufacturer name the same, BUT you should add each and name them differently in the "Fixture Type" field in the profile editor. Save this and add the new fixtures to the .cft file. Second-The board needs to have the original profile removed completely. From my experience, the best way to do this is to remove the original fixture profile from the "Assign Fixtures" field; assign a <blank> fixture to that button. Then reboot the board. Now load the revised .cft file from the floppy disc. Reboot the board again. Now go into the "Assign Fixtures" field; assign profile A to button 1 and profile B to button 2. Also-Make certain that the DMX address of the fixture matches the DMX address you have assigned (for each fixture) in the "Manual Patch" section of "Desk Setup". I hope this helps.
  8. How about this: I will assume you have set up fixture 1 for the "before intermission" parameters, and fixture 2 for the "after intermission". You could then set the address for fixture 1 as 100, and set address for fixture 2 as 120. Start the show with your bar set for 100, using fixture 1. When you are at intermission, reset the bar to 120, then run that part of the show as fixture 2.
  9. I too had problems installing 10.10 on my Fat Frog. I tried reloading at least 4 times without success. However, I was ultimately successful. Here was my solution: Use a brand new floppy disc. Format the disc DIRECTLY in the lightboard first. Do not format through the computer. Unzip the file DIRECTLY to the disc. Do NOT unzip to your hard drive & copy to the floppy. Keep the o/s file as the only item on the floppy--delete any other files, even though the unzipped folder contains a .txt file. Hope that helps. John A
  10. To all at Zero 88: Please give everyone a big "Thank you" for continuing the upgrades with o/s 10.10. I have just installed it & am still in the learning process. It really says something about a company when they continue to offer new features on a line that has been discontinued. There are undoubtedly many people such as myself, who would be unable to afford the Frog2 or other advanced consoles, and will be using the FF line for an indefinite time. I really appreciate that it can do more now. John Adamson FF user in USA
  11. To the guys at Zero 88: I have one of the "older" model Fat Frog consoles, and have a question concerning use of newer monitors. What specs should I look for if I were to purchase a new monitor, probably a widescreen unit? For example, is there a secific "native resolution" that the FF prefers? Thanks for your assistance. --John
  12. Greetings to all, I have recently purchased (2) of the Chauvet Colorstip LED units. The user's manual indicates that if CH 1 is set to DMX values between 200-219, the unit will do RGB mixing. However, I am not able to get the units to dim up or down smoothly. I am using a Fat Frog board. There is alot of flashing as I advance the Fixture wheels up or down, but the non linearity making the RGB mixing useless. Other important info: My FF board is one of the older units (FDD is near the PS input). I am using true DMX cable for the connection; running an opto isolator between the board & the fixtures; colorstrips patched as intel fixtures. The Red/Green/Blue are assigned LTP under the color attribute. The dim/strobe/control channel is assigned as LTP under the beam shape attribute. I was able to get hold of an alternate DMX light desk, the Martin Freekie to test the colorstrip's dimming response. With that board, I can smoothly dim and mix from 0-100% with no issues at all. Also, if I use another Chauvet LED, the PAR200B, I can get very smooth dim/mixing with the Fat Frog. I have tried this in both LTP (as an assigned fixture), and HTP by assigning the fixture directly to the preset faders. So, what is going on with the colorstrip/Fat Frog setup? Is there anything I can do to "fix" this? (BTW-I am reluctant to call the fixture manufacturer for support, as I have had some less than stellar experiences with this in the past.) Thanks for any (other) suggestions--John
  13. Greetings to all, I was wondering if it is possible to change the scale for intensity from % to DMX values for the fixtures on a Fat Frog using version 10.9. I am aware that one could hit the +/- to show all dmx values. However, my question/request is how to change the default scale from 0-100% to DMX values 0-255. I have checked through the manual & reviewed the fixture editing programs--but this does not appear to be an option. Anyone from Zero 88 have info on this? Thanks -John A
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