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71  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Circular Pocket error messages on: April 18, 2015, 05:45:49 AM
Can you be more specific on which wizard you are using. I do not think the Newfangled wizards can do anything to generate that error message. Does the error come while running the wizard or while running the gcode it generates?
72  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / CNC Workshop 2015 on: April 11, 2015, 07:22:29 PM
We now have the web site up and open for registration. There are more details on the classes and vendors that are planned.

The web site is http://TheCNCworkshop.com

We are trying some thing new this year with the addition of full day, in depth training classes. These will run on the Monday nad Tuesday before the main session opens on Wednesday. So far we have  two classes by Scott Schaffer( Popa Bear) on writing wizards for Mach4 and doing I/O.

There will be a build class using a High Torque Mini Mill and controls from PMDX to build a Mach4 mill. This is limited to 12 students, register soon, in past years this has filled up and had a waiting list.

We are also doing a 3D printer build class-

Make your plans now, June 15-20, near Detroit, Michigan
73  Third party software and hardware support forums. / Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFS Turn Wizard on: April 01, 2015, 07:33:43 AM
I dont think the program generated by the wizard can get confused- there is only one line with a few parameters that control the threading. But mach3 has problems with threading and will loose place that ruins threads.

I cannot offer any good advice on fixing thread problems. Browse around this forum and you should find some help. I admit my own lathe is only about 80% good on making threads. It will go nuts for no apparent reason. I cant wait to get Mach4 threading up.
74  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.
75  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.
76  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)
77  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.
78  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.
79  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.
80  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.
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