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General Mach Discussion / Re: Power Supply
« on: September 11, 2019, 06:37:05 AM »
That is perfect.  Thank you!

General Mach Discussion / Re: Y axis problem in CNC router
« on: September 10, 2019, 11:20:23 AM »
I've had that kind of problem before...

So you're saying you can get the y-axis to run if you switch the cables coming out of the control box?

That would mean the Y-axis motor is ok mechanically.

On my machine I had a gecko drive go bad.  When I replaced it, it ran fine.

General Mach Discussion / Power Supply
« on: September 10, 2019, 06:17:17 AM »
Hi everyone,

Ok here is some background.  We have 7 EZ-Router CNC machines in our shop.  We run production, 40 hours a week.  We turn them on Monday, get them homed and running and dialed in.  Then they stay on all week and get turned off Friday.  We have done this for years.

We have one machine that, when the power goes out and comes back on, the machine itself is on, but not the computer.  For whatever reason, before the computer "takes control" of the machine, the x-axis motor wants to run.  As you can see, if there is an outage while everyone is gone for the night, that is a problem.  None of the other machines do this.

So I'm not very good with electrical stuff, but I have to figure out how to preclude this from happening.  Is there a setting in Mach3 I should be looking at?  How about in the control box?

The only other thing I can think of is, would there be some sort of "breaker" or some switch that could turn the machine off permanently in the event of an outage?  That way the machine is just off and could be turned on again the next day when we get back in?

Any help or suggestions appreciated.


General Mach Discussion / Respect
« on: March 13, 2019, 05:57:29 AM »
I would just like to take a moment and tell everyone here how much I appreciate the respect that is shown to each other on this forum.  I am part of another forum (sign industry) where this is not the case.  I have asked questions over there before on some other equipment I have, only to get harangued extensively.  So I just want to say I appreciate the mutual respect, especially for those trying to learn!


Save your profile e.g mach3mil.xml and your license files  to somewhere?
Uninstall MACH3. Delete everything in c:\mach3
Reboot PC and start again
Download patched Mach3Version3.043.exe from
Turn off antivirus
Go to your download folder, right click on Mach3Version3.043.exe | properties | the click on
Now Right click on  Mach3Version3.043.exe and select run as administrator.
Install MACH3 including Parallel port driver
When installation is finished, you MUST
REBOOT THE PC immediately (for Mach3 driver to get to Ring 0)
After reboot,
Do the following:-

Go into command prompt with administrator rights COPY and paste each of the below registers.
(Start| all programs| accessories is where to find command prompt is - right click to run as administrator)

reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management" /v FeatureSettingsOverride /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f

reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management" /v FeatureSettingsOverrideMask /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f

Restart the computer for the changes to take effect.

Now you can do the Drivertest
& start using MACH3
Please ask if you are stuck in any step..

Thank you so much for your help on this!  I really appreciate it!

As for the original problem...

I could not get the machine to move to any of the commands in Mach3.  I assumed it was a computer problem.  That's when I tried one of the backup computers.  After that failed, I kept working on the problem, only to find out the problem was completely unrelated to the computer.  As it turns out, the transformer that supplies DC voltage to my limit switches quit working.  After replacing that, I was up and running again with no problems.  Took the whole day to troubleshoot, but I got it figured out.

Thanks for all the insight!


More correct information:
Mach3 on Win7 32 bit BUT 64 bit processor should be PERFECTLY FINE

Mach3 on Win8.x or Win10  32 bit will not work not because of x64 processor but because Win 8.1 32bits and win 10 32bits no longer permit any program running in "RING 0 kennel mode".

Mach 3 pulsing engine + driver must run in "RING 0 kennel mode" and the last OS to allow that is Window s 7 32bits (on either 32bits or x64 processors).

The MACH3 driver will have a small question mark because Win7 is suspicious that it is a "root kit virus" since the driver is not signed and so not approved by Microsoft.
ALL 64bits OS must have signed drivers. That is why MACH3 parallel port pulsing engine cannot be made to run on 64bits OS.

Ring 0 Kennel mode...what is that and how do i set that feature on my computer?  Because I can't get Mach3 to run on either of these computers.
Thanks in advance!

General Mach Discussion / Mach3 on Win7 32 bit BUT 64 bit processor
« on: February 18, 2019, 10:35:43 AM »
Hi everyone,

Ok so I got my first machine in 2005 and have been running Mach3 since.  I have found Win7 32 bit machines work great so long as they have the old parallel port.  You can get them used on Amazon. 

My latest backup computer purchase was about a month ago.  I looked for the usual specs... Win7 32 bit.  So I have a computer crash today and go to replace with one of my new replacements.  In looking at the specs on the computer, it says it has Win7 32 bit, x64 processor.  I have never run into this.  Sure enough, when running the driver test, it says "driver not sensed installed." So if I right click the driver test to run as administrator, it goes for it, only to crash when it says "taking over in 2...."  So I am wondering if I am out of luck because of the specs on the processor????  Not sure what to do, can't get the computer to communicate with the machine.

Any help appreciated!


General Mach Discussion / Re: Re: accuracy is off
« on: June 06, 2018, 01:58:02 PM »
Did you measure your tooling?  I had this once, was using sharpened 1/4" two flute bits.  So the bit was no longer 1/4" wide.  However I think your problems are opposite that.

Does this machine have timing belts?  I know I get stretchy ones before they break and that messes things up.  Slop in the rack and pinion?

Could be VCarve pro if you picked the wrong tool in the program.

Seems the best policy is still, no production rigs on the internet if at all possible.  I am still happily running Windows XP on a number of my machines.  No reason to do anything otherwise.

Thank you for your replies and spending time, it is really appreciated!  I will have to weigh out whether to try out and external motion controller.  I get really good movement, but ever so often the carving on my S's are a little dirty, so after work is a thing for me.  But then if I make the machines move faster, will my operators be able to keep up?  Would it matter if they finished the jobs sooner but sat longer in between material changes?  Not sure that would be worth the expense.  I will just have to weigh it out for my shop.  Thanks again.

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