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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasLED View Post

    BTW, I originally intended to make this a SMT board (I prefer SMD soldering over through-hole construction). But I didn't want to discourage any PixelRadio builders that have never tried SMT. So the 1/8W size resistors are my best effort compromise to create a small board that is less scary to build by average builders.
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    I can certainly appreciate this. Otherwise, I would not have attempted it. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith R View Post
    I can certainly appreciate this. Otherwise, I would not have attempted it. Thanks!



    I bought a second one because it was $99 at Micro Center.
    I'm in Oregon - there's no Micro Center within hundreds of miles.

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    The build of my 2 Pixel Radios is complete, now I have to figure out the installation of the software, hopefully, tonight or tomorrow night. I will also be printing the ends for the enclosure in the next couple of days.
    2012 - 1st year 64 Channels - 7500 LED lights - 5 sequences
    2013 - 128 Channels - 10,000 LED lights - 7 sequences (2 New)
    2014 - 201 Channels - upgrading 8 Arches to dumb RGB - 8+ sequences (1+ New)
    2015 - 240 Channels + 8 Universes - sequences TBD
    2016 - No Display
    2017 - Back in the Game - 240 Renard Channels + 12 Universes
    2018 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights
    2019 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights
    2020 - Emergency Conversion to Falcon F48 with limited wireless
    2021 - 10 RHL Simple Pi Pixel Controllers - 1 Master with 9 Remotes

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    I am in the process of trying to install the PlatformIO IDE to Visual Studio Code. My screen has been like this for over 1/2 an hour now with no progress.
    PlatformIO Installing.png

    Suggestions?
    2012 - 1st year 64 Channels - 7500 LED lights - 5 sequences
    2013 - 128 Channels - 10,000 LED lights - 7 sequences (2 New)
    2014 - 201 Channels - upgrading 8 Arches to dumb RGB - 8+ sequences (1+ New)
    2015 - 240 Channels + 8 Universes - sequences TBD
    2016 - No Display
    2017 - Back in the Game - 240 Renard Channels + 12 Universes
    2018 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights
    2019 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights
    2020 - Emergency Conversion to Falcon F48 with limited wireless
    2021 - 10 RHL Simple Pi Pixel Controllers - 1 Master with 9 Remotes

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    My screen has been like this for over 1/2 an hour now with no progress.
    Confirm your version of Python is supported by Platformio. Should be V3.6 or greater. I'm using Python V3.7.
    https://docs.platformio.org/en/lates...install-python

    Be sure to review the installation doc:
    https://docs.platformio.org/en/lates...al-environment
    EDIT: Disable your virus/malware protection *before* the installation.

    If everything looks correct then do a Hail Mary: close Platformio, reboot, and try again.

    If still no joy then I suggest posting the issue on the Platformio Github site.

    - Thomas
    Last edited by ThomasLED; 05-05-2022 at 09:47 PM. Reason: disable virus protection

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    Sounds like excellent progress!
    Can you post some pics of your PCB builds?
    Quote Originally Posted by TomL8345 View Post
    The build of my 2 Pixel Radios is complete, now I have to figure out the installation of the software, hopefully, tonight or tomorrow night. I will also be printing the ends for the enclosure in the next couple of days.

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    @TomL8345, hopefully you were unable to resolve the problem. But if still no joy and are installing on Windows, then please open a command prompt and run these two commands:
    Code:
    netsh int ipv4 show dynamicport tcp
    
    netsh int ipv6 show dynamicport tcp
    Report the response for each command. This will tell us if your Win machine has the correct ports enabled. The expected response would be:
    Code:
    Start Port      : 49152
    Number of Ports : 16384
    - Thomas

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    Just had the same issue yesterday with my reinstall (I had other problems with one of my projects). If you watch carefully, there is a popup that indicates python is missing. Did you remember to check the "Add python path to environment" box? I did. On the popup there is a "I Have Python installed" button. Click it and a new menu comes up at the top of the window asking for a path to python, paste in the path. Then restart VS. The error will come up again but after a minute you will see that the install is actually making progress. This worked for me. YMMV


    2022 - Not sure yet. At least two new songs.
    2021 New Tune-to sign. New 40x27 matrix at the house. Retiring the Strip based matrix. Updating some of the old window frames to the new house. Adding two new songs.
    2020 Full sized show reworked for the new location. Only adding (famous last words) 13 RBLs that I finally got converted to using pixels
    2019 - Just moved into a new home (yet another change of plans). Will be dim but not dark. Too much to do at the new place to leave time for a show. Dim show (3000 pixels) had regular visits most nights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukewarrior View Post
    Sounds like excellent progress!
    Can you post some pics of your PCB builds?
    I still have to program and install the ESP32 as well as installing the CD4052 chip. You may notice that I used double row headers for the ESP32 (that was what I had on hand) I just pulled out 1 row of pins from each before soldering.
    20220506_092722_HDR-640.jpg 20220506_092822_HDR-640.jpg 20220506_092954_HDR-640.jpg 20220506_093014_HDR-640.jpg
    2012 - 1st year 64 Channels - 7500 LED lights - 5 sequences
    2013 - 128 Channels - 10,000 LED lights - 7 sequences (2 New)
    2014 - 201 Channels - upgrading 8 Arches to dumb RGB - 8+ sequences (1+ New)
    2015 - 240 Channels + 8 Universes - sequences TBD
    2016 - No Display
    2017 - Back in the Game - 240 Renard Channels + 12 Universes
    2018 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights
    2019 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights
    2020 - Emergency Conversion to Falcon F48 with limited wireless
    2021 - 10 RHL Simple Pi Pixel Controllers - 1 Master with 9 Remotes

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomL8345 View Post
    I am in the process of trying to install the PlatformIO IDE to Visual Studio Code. My screen has been like this for over 1/2 an hour now with no progress.
    PlatformIO Installing.png

    Suggestions?
    My issue was I had not installed Python on my machine. I got past that hurdle, now I need to work on the next steps.
    2012 - 1st year 64 Channels - 7500 LED lights - 5 sequences
    2013 - 128 Channels - 10,000 LED lights - 7 sequences (2 New)
    2014 - 201 Channels - upgrading 8 Arches to dumb RGB - 8+ sequences (1+ New)
    2015 - 240 Channels + 8 Universes - sequences TBD
    2016 - No Display
    2017 - Back in the Game - 240 Renard Channels + 12 Universes
    2018 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights
    2019 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights
    2020 - Emergency Conversion to Falcon F48 with limited wireless
    2021 - 10 RHL Simple Pi Pixel Controllers - 1 Master with 9 Remotes

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