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How do I Safely Power My System Off or On

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There are numerous reasons for needing to power down a system, but following the proper shut down procedure can ensure a quick and easy power on when the time comes to restore activity in the space.
Depending on the ETC product in question, power off procedures can be simple and straightforward, or may require a couple extra steps.

The general recommended practice is to power off devices in the following order:

  • Consoles > Architectural Processors > Power Controls/Dimming Equipment

Feel free to use the links on the right to jump to your specific product, or read on below 


Architectural 


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Power Off

For powering down a Paradigm Architectural Control Processor, it's always good practice to back up the Architectural Configuration before doing so.
Instructions on how to save your P-ACP Configuration can be found here: 
https://support.etcconnect.com/ETC/Architectural/Paradigm/Paradigm_Architectural_Control_Processor_(P-ACP)/Software/How_to_Save_Config_File_From_a_Paradigm_Architectural_Control_Processor_(P-ACP)

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aXj6fimP8g

After your configuration has been successfully saved and backed up, you simply need to cut power to the rack that the processor resides in.
If this is a Paradigm Processor inside of an ERn, like an Equipment Rack, you would want to remove power to that equipment rack.
If the Processor is inside of a DRd, like a Dimming Cabinet with dimming modules, you would want to find and switch off the disconnect or breaker providing power to that rack.

Power On

Similar to the steps above but in reverse, you would want to first restore power to the rack that the P-ACP resides in.
Normally, the system should boot up and be good to go right off the bat and be operational.

If there are any errors that appear, it may be that the Configuration needs to be reloaded.
You can follow the steps to reload the configuration here: https://support.etcconnect.com/ETC/Architectural/Paradigm/Paradigm_Architectural_Control_Processor_(P-ACP)/Software/How_to_Load_a_Configuration_File_to_a_Paradigm_Architectural_Control_Processor_(P-ACP)_via_USB_or_SD

If errors persist, please contact ETC Technical Services for assistance with restoring your system.


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Power Off

For powering down an Echo Architectural Control Processor, it's always good practice to back up the Architectural Configuration before doing so.
Instructions on how to save your E-ACP Configuration can be found here: https://support.etcconnect.com/ETC/Architectural/Echo/Echo_Architectural_Control_Processor_(E-ACP)/How_to_save_an_E-ACP_Configuration_and_Dimming_Configuration_to_USB

After your configuration has been successfully saved and backed up, you simply need to cut power to the rack that the processor resides in.
If this is an Echo Processor inside of an ERn, like an Equipment Rack, you would want to remove power to that equipment rack.
If the Processor is inside of a DRd, like a Dimming Cabinet with dimming modules, you would want to find and switch off the disconnect or breaker providing power to that rack.

Power On

Similar to the steps above but in reverse, you would want to first restore power to the rack that the E-ACP resides in.
Normally, the system should boot up and be good to go right off the bat and be operational.

If there are any errors that appear, it may be that the Configuration needs to be reloaded.
Similarly to following the steps above regarding saving the E-ACP configuration, while in the File Operations, you will want to select "Load Rack Configs" for the 4th step.

If errors persist, please contact ETC Technical Services for assistance with restoring our system.


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Power Off

Before powering down your Unison Processor, you will want to back up and save your Unison Architectural Configuration to a Floppy Disk.
There should be a floppy disk in or near the processor that can be used to save the configuration to.
Follow the instructions here to save your configuration: https://support.etcconnect.com/ETC/Architectural/Legacy_Unison/Legacy_Unison_Processors/Software/How_To_Save_a_Unison_Architectural_Configuration_File

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tUROqjFBWI

Once the configuration is saved and backed up, simply cut power to the rack that the processor resides in.
If this Unison Processor is inside of an ER, like an Equipment Rack, you would want to remove power to that equipment rack.
If the Processor is inside of a DR, like a Dimming Cabinet with dimming modules, you would want to find and switch off the disconnect or breaker providing power to that rack.

Power On

Similar to the steps above but in reverse, you would want to first restore power to the rack that the Unison Processor resides in.
Normally, the system should boot up and be good to go right off the bat and be operational.

If there are any errors that appear, it may be that the Configuration needs to be reloaded.
You can follow the steps to reload the configuration here: 
https://support.etcconnect.com/ETC/Architectural/Legacy_Unison/Legacy_Unison_Processors/Software/Unison_Processor_Has_no_Architectural_Configuration

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMtJHx9INJ0

If errors persist, please contact ETC Technical Services for assistance with restoring our system.


Power Controls


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Power Off

Before powering down your Sensor Rack, you can save and back up the dimming rack set up on a USB flash drive.
You can find video instructions on how to save your Dimming Configuration here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37D7ke9RCo8

Once your configuration is backed up, you can simply cut the power to the rack by turning off the disconnect or breaker.

Power On

To power on your Sensor Racks, simply turn On the breaker or disconnect that provides power to your dimming racks.
If the racks have lost their configuration, you can reload the file following the steps in the video above starting at the 1 Minute 38 Second Mark.

If errors persist, please contact ETC Technical Services for assistance with restoring our system.


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Power Off

Before powering down your Echo Relay Panel or Sensor IQ, you can save and back up the dimming and architectural configuration on a USB Flash Drive.
To do this, you will want to press the Check Mark (which also acts as an Enter Button) on the user interface to enter the Main Menu.
When in the Main Menu, navigate to File Operations and then Save Configuration.

After the configuration is saved to a USB Flash Drive, simply turn off the Disconnect or Breaker providing power to the rack.

Power On

To power on your Echo Relay Panel or Sensor IQ, simply turn On the breaker or disconnect that provides power to your racks.
If the racks have lost their configuration, you can reload it by following the steps above, by entering into File Operations and then selecting Load Configuration.

If errors persist, please contact ETC Technical Services for assistance with restoring our system.


Entertainment Controls


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Before powering down your Eos Console for an extended period of time, it's always a good idea to back up your Show File Archive to an external device, such as a USB flash drive.
You can find instructions on how to save your Show File Archive here: https://support.etcconnect.com/ETC/Consoles/Eos_Family/Software_and_Programming/How_to_Back_Up_and_Restore_Show_Archive_and_System_Settings

While in the Shell, it may not be a bad idea to save your System Settings too!
https://support.etcconnect.com/ETC/Consoles/Eos_Family/Software_and_Programming/Guide_to_save_and_restore_Eos_family_system_settings

After everything is saved, simply go to the option that says "Shutdown" and unplug power from the console once it has fully powered off.
Finally, just to make sure everything stays clean when you get back in your space, place your Dust Cover over the console.


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Before powering down your ColorSource Console for an extended period of time, it's always a good idea to back up your show files to a USB Flash Drive.
To do this on your console, you will first want to make sure your show file is saved, which you can follow here:
https://www.etcconnect.com/webdocs/Controls/ColorSourceAV_onlinehelp/en/Default.htm#ButtonFileSaveAs.html

After saving your show file, you can Export to USB by following the directions here:
https://www.etcconnect.com/webdocs/Controls/ColorSourceAV_onlinehelp/en/Default.htm#ButtonFileExport.html

After your show files are saved, simply hold down the Stage Map button and proceed with Hibernation.
Once the console says that it is safe to remove power, simply unplug the power cable on the back of the unit.
Finally, just to make sure everything stays clean when you get back in your space, place your Dust Cover over the console.

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