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641  Third party software and hardware support forums. / SmoothStepper USB / Re: Smooth Stepper MDI problem on: October 12, 2010, 04:27:22 AM
Now you talk about it I seem to recall that Daniel had an issue with MDI, If I recall it was ok if he jogged first but then again I think it was possibly only after a feedhold. Plugin update cured that so it wont be neptunes  problem as he is using the latest one but I suppose it could still be related and needing looked at.
Hood

Hmm... was that me...? Not sure this is the issue I had, but then may be you just have better memory Wink What I do remember I had is that I was getting wrong moves made when commanded from the MDI. Another problem I had (I think it still exists) was after hitting softlimits while running a program or an MDI command, I was not able to jog that axis. Had to jog other axis to enable this one. The issue with feedhold was a another different problem.

Now I can say this - sometimes I enter a command in the MDI hit Enter and nothing happens. Look back at the screen "may be I missed the Enter key", but can see the command in the MDI history. Going up with the arrow and highlighting  the command and hitting the Enter executes the command. Have it happening every now and then, but can't see what's causing it.

Dan
642  Third party software and hardware support forums. / SmoothStepper USB / Re: Smoothstepper problem when spindle is on on: October 12, 2010, 03:58:25 AM
Hi Tom,

Try grounding the Smooth Stepper GND pin (on the external power supply header) to the PC case.

Dan
643  Mach Discussion / FAQs / Re: Losing steps or something? on: October 06, 2010, 03:40:27 AM
Don,

I don't have ready pictures of my machines' cabinets and taking some is a real hassle now. Hopefully someone else could share. If you search the forum though you'd find quite a few. Hood, for instance, posted his photos on several occasions.

Dan
644  Mach Discussion / FAQs / Re: Losing steps or something? on: October 05, 2010, 03:18:19 AM
Hi Don,

18 gauge should be fine. I think it shouldn't have any issues up to some 10 Amps.

Dan
645  Mach Discussion / FAQs / Re: Losing steps or something? on: October 04, 2010, 03:20:55 AM
No, Don. I am suggesting you swapping the cables going from the Gecko drives to the motors.

Dan
646  Mach Discussion / FAQs / Re: Losing steps or something? on: October 04, 2010, 12:21:43 AM
Don,

What happens if you swap the motor cables (running from the Geckos to the motors) of X and Y axes? Does the problem follows or still remains the same on same axes?

Dan
647  G-Code, CAD, and CAM / G-Code, CAD, and CAM discussions / Re: Subroutine confusion. on: October 03, 2010, 08:45:17 AM
Thanks Graham! Nice write up on sub routines.

Dan
648  Mach Discussion / FAQs / Re: Losing steps or something? on: October 01, 2010, 02:42:51 PM
Hmm... Don't know. The voltage should pull low - effectively 0V. Practically you'd measure something like 0.1V or lower.

I will give it a thought, but hopefully someone will chime in with an idea...

Dan
649  Mach Discussion / FAQs / Re: Losing steps or something? on: October 01, 2010, 02:10:27 PM
Don't know, Don, sounds like insufficient current. You will see it when you do the measuring. If the voltage drops noticeably when it is connected to the Gecko (probably to 2V or something) then you'll know the current is insufficient.

Dan 
650  Mach Discussion / VB and the development of wizards / Re: Macro M6 safety on: October 01, 2010, 01:14:00 PM
Ah... then it's easy. Just put an 'If' statement at the top of your M6start macro. Something like this:

If (Input12) Then

'Put your macro here

Else

Message "Tool is stuck in the spindle. Unable to complete tool change"

End If


Dan
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