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New to DMX but want to give it a try..

posted Jan 22, 2013 20:30:11 by DeaneGeiken
So I am new to this whole DMX thing but really want to incorporate it into our crew flights when we play. I have read most of the topics in this forum but can someone (in layman's terms) point out what equipment one would need to get started and how it all hooks to the Artemis game for use? Many thanks!
Commander -TSN Belisarius (BS 108)
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DeaneGeiken said May 29, 2013 17:48:21
Here is what i could find on instructions.

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MarkBell said May 29, 2013 17:55:56
Ok, it sounds like for some reason it's not reading the blue channel properly (which is odd). Normal is a low intensity mix of RGB, Shields is just B, getting hit by something flashes RGB at high power. What colors does it give you when tractoring to dock, when docked, and when at red alert?
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DeaneGeiken said May 29, 2013 18:28:15
Tractoring to dock gives me a solid red. Docked in station is all lights off.
Commander -TSN Belisarius (BS 108)
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DeaneGeiken said May 29, 2013 18:28:34
And Blue does work. I tested it in the manual mode.
Commander -TSN Belisarius (BS 108)
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MarkBell said May 29, 2013 18:31:36
Ok, what about red alert?
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DeaneGeiken said May 29, 2013 18:34:19
And when hitting a mine, I get a strong R/G and the a quick flash R/G light sequence.
Again, when shields are up, no lights, but when I hit the mines, it flashes R/G.
Commander -TSN Belisarius (BS 108)
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MarkBell said May 29, 2013 19:02:07
That makes sense so far - hitting a mine triggers the "ship taking damage" event (RGB flash), which your shields would absorb instead. What does hitting Red Alert on Comms do?
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DeaneGeiken said May 29, 2013 19:09:27
Yes. the lights are responding to events, but not in the correct corresponding color designation I think they are programmed for. Red Alert causes the flashing R/G lights to turn off. Do you think the dip switch toggles need to be adjusted or the in game DMX controls?
Commander -TSN Belisarius (BS 108)
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MarkBell said May 29, 2013 19:19:34
That's the conclusion I was coming to. Tractor should be RG (turning into yellow), Docked should be G alone, Red Alert should be R alone. What it sounds like is a combination of addressing and light channels being off.

Try adjusting the channels in the DMXCommands.xml file to being something like 3,4,5 (0->3, 1->4, 2->5). Then, adjust the DIP switches to be 2 ON, 10 ON, the rest off. ( _ ^ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ^ )

Does it give you the same results?
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DeaneGeiken said May 29, 2013 19:29:54
This gave me no response at all from the light. It was dark through all events.
Commander -TSN Belisarius (BS 108)
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DeaneGeiken said May 29, 2013 19:36:53
Changing DMX to 1, 2, 3 and switches #2 and #10 on gave me a red flashing light during normal situtations, and R/B when I hit a mine, so that indicates that the blue is reading commands. Nothing when tractoring to dock.
Commander -TSN Belisarius (BS 108)
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MarkBell said May 29, 2013 19:38:17
Ok, try keeping the DMX the same and changing the switch to 1 on, 10 on, rest off
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DeaneGeiken said May 29, 2013 19:43:00
DMX the same as 1, 2, 3 or 3, 4, 5? I did 1, 2, 3 by chance before your suggestion with #1 and #10 on and it gave me the same as the normal DMX commands and only #10 on.
Commander -TSN Belisarius (BS 108)
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MarkBell said May 29, 2013 19:46:02
Interesting. Ok, try keeping DMX as 123 and switch all but #10 to off.
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DeaneGeiken said May 29, 2013 19:50:31
No response on anything. :-/
All dark, but the light on the USB input into the computer is flashing like crazy! It is talking but nothing is understanding the language!
Commander -TSN Belisarius (BS 108)
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