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  1. LedWiz default configuration

    Hi guys, Have not been doing much with pinball the last few months (years?) so sorry about that. I am doing some things now and notice that the world have changed a lot, in both good and bad. The bad thing being that my tool does not seem to work any more, the good news that SwissLizard has made DOF (http://directoutput.github.io/DirectOutput/index.html) and that is working perfectly and that Arngrim has made a new tool to make ledwiz files that is much more stable then mine is at the moment. Check it out at http://vpuniverse.com/ledwiz/ Thank you all for using my tool but it is time to move on to something better. Pixel
  2. LED-wiz alternative ?

    Dunno if it will work with other boards, not designed it with that in mind. Sorry The current input boards need 5V for the driving, but 3.3 MIGHT work.... Lets keep focused on the Arduino Mega board for now and make that work first, then look for options on V2.0. My preffered situation for V2.0: Raspberry Pi communicating on low-level with Pinmame, Pi driving dedicated Arduino board(s) (for the # outputs). Configuration for your specific tables with hardware done with web-interface running on your own Pi, getting the config data from the internet on request. Live testing and simulation possible for all effects. What ? yeah... let me have my dreams Email answered
  3. LED-wiz alternative ?

    Hi Randy, Thanks for the answer, and it sort of confirms the fears we had before. Our current option is not using the VB scripting at all for the communication, as indeed that seems to be where the trouble is coming from. VB just has to many things to do allready in a running table, this seems to be the latest drop. As said before, we are looking into directly 'listening' to the ROM events, much like Russ and UltraVP does. If we could do that, convert the commands in our own software and if needed buffer or maximize the data to the device i think we could have a winner. Anyway, to be continued
  4. LED-wiz alternative ?

    Hi Randy, Can you please share the point(s) on where you think some progress can be made with the VBscript ? We are looking into making a separate program for catching the ROM events and then driving the Arduino. If this can be done by VBscript maybe we make some progress. Thanks in advance !
  5. LedWiz default configuration

    Good to hear guys, sorry that the solution did not come sooner to me. @bent98: tables need to be configured with 'toys' to work ok, so if not configured, it does not work.
  6. LedWiz default configuration

    Hi All, Can some people with the "No save access for this config" error try now please ?? I found some important setting getting reset for no reason, fixed that. Let me know if it works now.
  7. LED-wiz alternative ?

    What the H*ll ?? Almost bought a real one last summer !! Hi guys, I will slowly try to get into Pinball-Mode from now on, winter is coming fast and the outside jobs are almost done. First question needs to be: are we still interested in this new additions (ok, year old). No need to spend a lot of time into it if besides Shifter, Chris and me no other people want to be using it. Second one: there seems a lot of news on the market, a new VP, not much news on Unity, Real DMD's are hot, is there other news I need to know ? Latest status update to my best memory: hardware as good as ready driving software as good as ready interfacing in VBscript works, but has stutter like Ledwiz interfacing between VP <> ***x needs work on low-level interfacing Played a game last week (yes, MM) with ***x, works, but stutters on lots of action Oh yeah, and the sh*tload of effects possible is totaly awesome !! Lets hear it, now gonna do some reading in this forum. Erwin
  8. LedWiz default configuration

    Guys, i am back (a bit) at the moment, tryed the tool, logged in, clicked some things, edited my own config, created config, waited 20 mins and so on, and i keep on being logged in (Firefox 13). Are you guys still having trouble ?
  9. Tutorial How to config Ledwiz-PacDrive

    Am working on it with my host, set up a test file, the data in the session gets deleted from time to time while the session id keeps the same. Sorry guys for the problems, hope to solve it soon ! Edit: Looks like things are working at the moment ! Please, again some conformation from other users if possible ?
  10. Tutorial How to config Ledwiz-PacDrive

    Darn, contacted my host, sessions seems to get lost somehow. Have tryed it now, adjusted some code in the generate tab. Should now say not logged in or choose username separate for better error detection. Looks like it works for me at the moment, can some others please try ?
  11. LED-wiz alternative ?

    Sorry guys, been real busy with other stuff lately, will post more details asap.
  12. LedWiz default configuration

    I think I found something, please can some people try now ?? Thanks
  13. Tutorial How to config Ledwiz-PacDrive

    I think I found something, please can some people try now ?? Thanks
  14. LED-wiz alternative ?

    One important thing in pinball: speed, when you hook up 5 meters to 2 pins (it is possible) and you want to set the first and last to green and red, you have to address all the 160 leds in the strip.... not very speedy You are indeed missing some things here, solenoids and contactors have got nothing to do with the led strips. The strips have PWM build in and it can be used. Driving other on/off items is done via the ULN boards.
  15. LED-wiz alternative ?

    The PI will be a nice thing in the future, but given the problems they have at the moment, the Arduino is much more stable at this moment. Who knows what the future will bring, but for now we have chosen for stability and availability in the long run. Finaly the cat is out of the bag Check out this link: http://www.pieterfloris.nl/shop/product.php?id_product=507 for the LED strips. We fully support this type with a maximum of 8 strips of 1 meter (32 leds) from the software. Basicly you need 4 wires for 32 leds/1 meter (or 16 leds/50cm or whatever size you choose), Power supply (5Volt), ground, and 2 data lines to the Arduino. Let's say you have a 'very big' cab and truly can fit 8x 1 meter of the strip, then you would have 8x32=256 RGB leds, all can be driven individualy, and you would only use 8x2=16 output lines on the arduino. At the same time you can still use 4 ULN extention boards with 32 outputs each (4x32=128) and have also have 12 real pwm outputs on the Arduino available. Sounds like some serious connections to me. You want more ? No problem, connect a second Arduino and double the number of outputs. More ? No problem, more is possible. We will keep that in mind !