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 on: April 22, 2018, 11:37:58 AM 
Started by rndpig - Last post by rndpig
I'm running Mach4 with the Pokeys57CNC board and I recently wires limit- switches for X, Y, and Z axes. I'm now having trouble configuring the switches in Mach4 and I could use a little assistance. All 3 limit switches are wired NC and I've already checked continuity, so I know the wiring is correct (switches are wired in parallel, by the way). I connect the limit switch wires to the Pokeys57CNC board via a DB9 connector that translates to the 20 pin flat cable IDC socket connector that plugs into the dedicated port on the Pokeys board, and I've checked that wiring from the DB9 connector to the 20 pin connector on the Pokeys board has correct continuity as well. Therefore, I believe I'm solid on the hardwiring aspects and my issues all lie in Mach4 software configs.

When I start Mach4, I immediately get a "Limit switch -- tripped!" warning for X, Y, and Z axes and that prevents the Pokeys pulse engine from starting and functioning properly. Again, this tells me that I have a software config issue that is preventing proper communication. Could someone walk me through what Mach4 settings I should be using both in Configure > Mach...? Do I need to focus only on the Output Signals tab here? Also, what about settings in Configure > Plugins... > PoKeys plugin - PoLabs? I assume all focus here is on the Pulse engine page settings, correct? I currently have all the Limit- switches set to Ext. dedicated as specified in the Pokeys documentation.

When I get through all of these, I hope to have created a tutorial for others to follow as this has been really challenging to work through! Any advice provided is greatly apprecaited.


 on: April 22, 2018, 10:17:13 AM 
Started by jcoldon - Last post by jcoldon
well with that attitude mach 4 will never make it . I don't believe NFS has that attitude  there a lot of end users out there then mfg .

then also ask your selfe why cand cnc went with Linux  when he needed support for mach 3  and had to pay the original person at NFS to fix what ever he needed . so were was his mfg support .
he did not want to invest in mach 4 making a screen to make things work . I sure there is more to the cand cnc story .he had a good mach 3 product why tormach mills went Linux also .

 on: April 22, 2018, 10:16:29 AM 
Started by mc77 - Last post by Tweakie.CNC
Hi Mc77,

I have no knowledge or experience of a Tonman CNC controller so cannot be of much help. Do you have any documentation for this controller ?


 on: April 22, 2018, 10:02:07 AM 
Started by mc77 - Last post by mc77
Tonman with Adtech servo motors

 on: April 22, 2018, 10:01:19 AM 
Started by mc77 - Last post by mc77

 on: April 22, 2018, 09:56:24 AM 
Started by mc77 - Last post by Tweakie.CNC
Hi Mc77,

Sorry but I think we still need a lot more information before being able to make a guess at a possible solution.

Which motion controller are you using ?

What machine do you have ?


 on: April 22, 2018, 08:10:01 AM 
Started by mc77 - Last post by mc77
The program is running on the screen but there is no movement on the axis.

 on: April 22, 2018, 05:59:16 AM 
Started by bryannab - Last post by Tweakie.CNC
I agree with Rimmel.

I would have thought every customer was important...

Indeed, I think they are and from experience I know every Customer is important. I can't speak for Artsoft / NFS but I am sure they think the same way. After all, Customers make 'pay-days' possible.


 on: April 22, 2018, 05:38:43 AM 
Started by bryannab - Last post by Rimmel
Wow - with that business model no wonder they have lost so much ground to other products with Mach4.

I would have thought every customer was important...

Totally gobsmacked

 on: April 22, 2018, 03:39:08 AM 
Started by birillo1959 - Last post by TPS
SetOEMDro(1152,measuredY + GetOEMDro(1000))

somewhere after measuredY  is calculated

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