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21  Third party software and hardware support forums. / PoKeys / Re: poblocks question on: March 31, 2015, 04:04:18 PM
I am using Plugin V1.2,  with firmware 3.1.51 I am using the latest mach4, build 2270.

If I set the mach4 input pins to pokeys then my panel works, but if I stop mach4 and restart the settings are lost. The pokeys config setting are preserved.

Steve suggests this means pokeys is not registering the pins on init and when mach gets control it sees no registrations so deletes its settings for the input pins.
22  Mach Discussion / Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Mach 4 and Ethernet smooth stepper setup on: March 30, 2015, 07:14:55 PM
So today I could not get a clean start of ESS in 20 minutes of trying, with several re-boots. The same machine that 2 days ago started up clean several times and ran well. I am running out of things to try. I guess Ill haul the PC up to Brians shop and let him see it. He still has my PC with the PP problem.
23  Mach Discussion / Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Mach 4 and Ethernet smooth stepper setup on: March 30, 2015, 10:31:38 AM
Greg asked me to run WireShark to grab a net log of the startup. When I did it took Mach almost 10 minutes to get the screen painted. The ESS worked when it finally started. I stopped wireshark!

I noticed in the log some activity trying to  startup the Microsoft network stuff, so I stopped all but IP in the net config, Now every time I have started Mach4 the ESS has started OK. Looks like this is a network load issue. I am running an XP machine, reasonable speed and memory( I forget the exact numbers)
24  Third party software and hardware support forums. / PoKeys / Re: poblocks question on: March 30, 2015, 06:47:27 AM
It looks like Mach4 is loosing my input settings. If I use config->mach4->Input signals  and set an input to use the pokeys device, and the right signal name, my switch works. But if I exit Mach4 and restart that setup is lost.  The pokeys config is saved.
25  Third party software and hardware support forums. / PoKeys / Re: poblocks question on: March 27, 2015, 04:12:46 PM
Do I need to use poblocks with Mach4? I have a pokey56E with some switches and buttons connected. I want these to trigger functions in mach4. I believe I have the signal script set right, and have written a sig table into the screen script. But my buttons have no effect.

I used the config option in the mavh4 plugin to define the pins as digital inputs. Iused the config mach option to set the signals as pokeys input.

I must be missing something.
26  Mach Discussion / Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Mach 4 and Ethernet smooth stepper setup on: March 27, 2015, 06:21:07 AM
My system runs mach3 just fine- same ESS, same cabling, everything. if it fails to start M4 I can simply click M3 and it will run fine, so I have no hardware issues.

I reinstalled M4 and now it has lost my license, and when I look at the About box there is no pc id. Thats a new problem, I suppose for a new thread.
27  Mach Discussion / Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Mach 4 and Ethernet smooth stepper setup on: March 26, 2015, 07:06:54 AM
I installed the latest plugin. Now the spindle relay works, but the ess fails to connect on startup very often. If it fails mach is hung and I have to do a reboot. It can take 20 minutes of trying before I get a good boot.

Not a very useful system.
28  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Mill Wizard / Re: Tool Tablle Export / Import function on: March 22, 2015, 06:15:10 AM
Nice idea, I will talk to Brian about it.

We have some greast new operations now, but it has taken a couple more months than I expected. I think all that is left before release is to complete the help docs, which I hpe to do today or tomorrow. "real soon now"
29  Mach Discussion / Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Mach 4 and Ethernet smooth stepper setup on: March 22, 2015, 06:06:10 AM
There were no macros in my macro folder. There are in the default profile, but I created a custom one and there are none.

Now, this is strange. I was looking at the diagnostic page and clicking the spindle on button to see that the LEDs changed. They did change as expected. I clicked the ref X button and the spindle motor started, regardless of the spindle button state. Once started the only way to turn it off was to exit mach4.

Anyone seen this happen?
30  Mach Discussion / Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Mach 4 and Ethernet smooth stepper setup on: March 21, 2015, 11:13:16 AM
I cannot get my spindle relay to turn on. I have the latest Mach4 and Ess plugin. I have all the motors configured and working fine. I have set the spindle on signal in the ess plugin, and I have set the spindle outputs in Mach4. The mach diagnostic page shows the Leds for spindle on and spindle forward go on and off as I click the spindle button.

Everything seems right, but no spindle on.  All the hardware works fine with Mach3 so I know I have the relay wired right and the VFD set right-

What am I missing?
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