Sorry for the delay in posting, I've been at work all day.
The dimmers are an installed rack, 2 racks, 192 dimmers in all, and are located in a sideroom off stage. They are native DMX, and there are DMX ports located on Stage, FOH, and up in a control/projection room.
I'm 99% sure it is the ETC board and not the Strand dimmers. If I use the wall arcitucal control panels to change the house lights, there is no flashing. But if I use the board there is frantic flashing before they finally go out.
After the current production (I'm actually in the middle of a show right now) I'm going to reset the whole board and start from fresh, see if that helps at all. If not I'll call ETC and see what they say.
And yes, I've tried using multiple shows and patches, and nothing seems to fix it. So hopefully a hard reset will solve this, if not it's up to ETC helpline.
Any other ideas/suggestions? Thanks again everybody!
ok, when you say hard reset, do you mean you are actually A. turning the console off then back on (never turning the console off throughout the entire run of the show). B. turning the console on and holding 456 (or whatever the magic combination to do a full reset of the console. Or C. going into clear functions and doing a wipe show.
Hi I've got a cd80sv last version,running on 2 phases only, and with an ETC ION. the cd80sv went to panic mode once for an unknown reason, anyway until this, we changed the main card by another cd80, it still flicker a lot, but now it is running with a C21 card which we adapted to fit the cd80. It is now better but there are still flickering dimmers, IM 99,9% sure that the problem comes from the dimmer,(i tried it with a GMA, and an express with a 3 feet cable). My suppositions, are that this would come from some problem with phases, because,when I light up some lamps, it will flick if I put same power on each phase, but it won't if I put a lot more on one than the second. With equal power on phases, there are some combinations which will work, and other that will flick like hell.
Has anyone ever seen this? thx for clues or solutions (repairs) understanding the cause of this.
Which speed is your Ion broadcasting DMX at? There's a venue down the road from me that had a similar problem with an Ion talking to CD80's and it was that the console was spitting DMX out into the system at too fast of a speed; as soon as they slowed it down, the flicker (which at times felt more like a strobe or Morse code) went away and things stabilized.