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General Mach Discussion / Re: Losing the will to live :-(
« on: January 19, 2009, 02:50:50 PM »
Have had major problem with Marchant Dice as have many others it seems. Not yet seen anyone with a good word for these guys.

Mode of operation appears to be:-
1. Very co-operative up until they have your money.
2. Zero communication thereafter.
3. They may or may not supply but if they do, only when they get around to it (or you advise you will be taking steps to get your funds returned in which case they ship late but still don't advise you so you go and get something else and end up with a problem as they shipped the goods and still expect to get paid even though they are so late you don't have any use for their stuff anymore!
4. Quality unacceptable.

End of rant from a frustrated and p***ed of purchaser!

There is an answer to these issues.

1. Yes most modern CPUs have speed/power throttling built in.
2. there is a fix for many (if not most) boards/Cpus.
3. I found this solution by searchig this forum but the pointer was old and the program and name have changed. Thanks to the original poster whose name I don't recall.

the solution is;
"There is a fix that works well for many Laptop users and some desktop users.

This is available here;
download the "RMClock Utility".
This enables all the background power save and CPU slowing etc etc functions to be turned off."

I used this on a 1 year old dual core desktop which had a messy driver test and varying speeds. This cleaned the driver test right up!

General Mach Discussion / Re: Bridge Beam
« on: December 15, 2008, 12:00:18 AM »
A box section would be preferable.

As the loads (accel/decel, mass, cutting etc) can impart a twisting action to the beam, a closed section (like the box section) will resist this in ways an open section (like an I beam) never will.

You might consider closing in the back of the I beam with a plate but it will not be anywhere near as stiff as a box section of similar outside dimensions.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Lockdown Ver 3.042.018
« on: November 20, 2008, 11:04:44 PM »
Installed 3.042.020 today.

1024 screen is resizing the same as MachBlue now - still no change to RH border strangeness.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Lockdown Ver 3.042.018
« on: November 18, 2008, 05:31:23 AM »
Well it's 'fixed' with an updated driver and the MachBlue screenset.

Only upgraded from 2.63 to 3.042.018 as it had become 'lockdown'
Now find there have been two more updates (019 and now 020) in a few days. The change log shows no reference to this issue.

Anyhow, will wait now until the versions stop changing quite so rapidly then try the version available at that time.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Lockdown Ver 3.042.018
« on: November 17, 2008, 11:04:31 PM »
After a lot of time wasted/spent, have managed to update the video driver.

The RH border issue is still there - has nothing to do with the machine, windows, or the screenset but with the outer frame of the MACH3 window.

The screen is running at 1024x768 on a 17" LCD monitor

The situation has changed slightly with the driver update;
MachBlue now behaves pretty much as would be expected - resizing and filling the window maximised or not (with the exception of the RH border issue).
The base 1024 screenset still behaves as shown in the screenshots above. The Autoenlarge setting has no effect on this.

Maybe the 1024 screen is corrupted? Is there a simple way to extract the 1024 screen set form the install download or perhaps I could just save off the custom setup and re-install (again).

General Mach Discussion / Re: Lockdown Ver 3.042.018
« on: November 17, 2008, 06:37:11 PM »
Don't want to make a big thing of this.

This has nothing to do with the  monitor or display settings in the computer - it is specific to MACH3 only.

Does not matter what screen set is used - the default 1024 or machblue or whatever - have made no changes to the screen.

The first shot is what I see with the screen NOT maximised, the second when it is maximised.

Also, when maximised, the right hand border behaves like a program internal border - i.e. if the mouse is positioned over it you get the >||< cursor, not the double arrow. If you try to move the border to the left, it shows the position it will go to like it's going to move, but does not move when the mouse is released.
You can also see how there is wasted space to the right and bottom of the screen when maximised.

Maybe it is some Video driver incompatibility with the way MACH3 draws the screen. The machine is isolated. May have to move to where I can hook it up to the net to see if there are later drivers that might fix the problem.
Video is on-board - ATI Radeon Xpress 200 series, Drivers are ATI ver 6.14.10.various. 
No other program in the machine behaves this way - microsoft or other.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Lockdown Ver 3.042.018
« on: November 17, 2008, 12:03:37 AM »
Sorry but the point seems to be missed. Since a maximise there is a working screen and all the info can now be seen.

However, the MACH3 window (maximised or not) has a step in the right hand border. Its not a biggie but it shouldn't be like that should it?

Have installed Lockdown 3.042.19 and it's the same.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Lockdown Ver 3.042.018
« on: November 16, 2008, 05:14:12 PM »
Thanks for the reply.
Had assumed that MACH3 was automatically maximising the window since the MACH3 window completely covered the screen, and that the 'auto screen enlarge' was on (doesn't make any difference if on or off).

So tested with screen maximised.

The MACH3 window still covers that same area of the screen as before but the area used by real information (i.e. the text and graphics) is actually reduced slightly and the frame around the window is also reduced in width. All the text is now readable on all screens which is good. However, interestingly, the issue is still there in that there is still a small inward displacement of the right hand edge of the window.

General Mach Discussion / Lockdown Ver 3.042.018
« on: November 15, 2008, 09:41:25 PM »
Just upgraded from 2.63 to 3.042.018 now that it is in lockdown

The Right hand side screen border is displaced to the left by the width of the border.

i.e. the border is not on the edge of the window but moved inward leaving a window background color strip the same width as the border, outside the border. This overlays the edge of the text etc on the screen.

Tried resizing the screen, and changing the screen resolution - nothing changes it.

Issue is the same in the standard 1024.set and the MachBlue.set on all screens.

Does this problem exist for anyone else? if not, any suggestions on how to fix it?


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