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my 5 step motors acting strangely
« on: March 02, 2011, 10:42:02 AM »
I wonder if there is no basic beginner's guide on how to troubleshoot Mach3 when you try to get five stepper motors to function. I have read all Mach3Mill Install and Config Guide, and the data sheet that came with stepper motor control board. If I pull out the 25-pin cable to the card and control the motors with 15-pin remote control the engines behaves as they should. If I put in 25-pin cable goes axis X in the same direction regardless of whether I press the x + or x- and Z do not want to move at all. If I try to jog the motors in Mach3 so all stand still until you press X + then A is able to rotate until you press X- then all motors are dead again. It all seems weird but I have set all the ports and pins as the manual says. I do not know where to begin to troubleshoot please help me!

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Re: my 5 step motors acting strangely
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2011, 11:01:46 AM »
Sounds like you have the wrong pin numbers set for your motors, have you got any documentation on your drives that you can link to?
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Re: my 5 step motors acting strangely
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2011, 11:14:23 AM »
Hello this is a link to the place I bought it from: http://www.aliexpress.com/store/201108/210082157-424425585/EMS-FreeShip-Complete-CNC-Kit-5-axis-Stepper-Motor-Driver-Power-Supply-Stepper-Motor-5-Digital.html

and below is some info about the pins but in the manual there is a screen dump which pin number you shall enter in ports and pins and it says: X: step:2 dir 14 y: 1 , 4    Z 3, 7   A 5, 8   B   6,9






P1   P2   P3   P4   P5   P6   P7   P8   P9   P10   P11   P12   P13   P14   P15   P16   P17   P18   P19   P20   P21   P22   P23   P24   P25
正   地   DA+   DA-   DB+   DB-   CA+   CA-   CB+   CB-   ZA+   ZA-   ZB+   ZB-   YA+   YA-   YB+   YB-   XA+   XA-   XB+   XB-   MO
-   GND   MO
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Re: my 5 step motors acting strangely
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2011, 11:17:48 AM »
If you attach your xml I can check your config and see if it ties in with the documents.
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Re: my 5 step motors acting strangely
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2011, 11:19:20 AM »
And I have also filmed how the motors are acting check this link out if you want to see it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hUGnM-NUB0
Re: my 5 step motors acting strangely
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2011, 11:27:33 AM »
I didn't get any xml-file with the board and I have search for .xml-files in the mach3 directory and I have checkt if I can export xml-settings but I didn't find anything. So I guess I wonder what I shall do :)
Re: my 5 step motors acting strangely
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2011, 11:28:42 AM »
Sorry I find the.xml file, I attach it...

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Re: my 5 step motors acting strangely
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2011, 11:30:35 AM »
Ok when you open Mach at the lower right of the screen you will see the name of the profile you are using. Look in the Mach3 folder for a xml file with that name, you may have to change windows file options to show the xml extension as it may be hidden if its a known windows file type.
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Re: my 5 step motors acting strangely
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2011, 11:31:41 AM »
Ok use the additional options button on the reply page to attach. You may have to copy it to your desktop first and rename it so that the forum will accept it.
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Re: my 5 step motors acting strangely
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2011, 11:35:29 AM »
Ok here I hope it comes...