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Mach3 under Vista / Re: Any Geckodrive G540 users out there?
« on: May 03, 2009, 05:44:20 PM »
Thank you very much. I can move forward now, Butch

Mach3 under Vista / Any Geckodrive G540 users out there?
« on: May 03, 2009, 01:14:03 PM »
I have a new G540 4 axis drive (using 3 axis').  My situatuion- I have a 24 volt power supply hooked to my G540. I have jumpered #10 to #12 connections on the drive and turned the Charge Pump to "off". I have grounded the drive back to the power supply and have a 3 amp in-line fuse from the power supply to the drive.  I have a green light on the drive. I am hooking up my stepper motors, one-at-a-time to confirm correct wiring.  When I turn on the power supply and have one motor hooked to the drive, the motor warms up to the touch and seems to be locked up, and is difficult to turn the shaft as if it is getting current to two opposing coils?  This situation is common to all of the Gecko RS-232 outlets, meaning, I can plug this motor in to any of the four axis outlets and have the same condition at the motor. I do not even have the computer hooked up to the drive via the IEEE cord..  Is this a correct situation?  I have called Gecko twice and they keep pointing back to the computer and/or Mach 3 configuration.  I have a resistor soldered across the RS-232 plug as instructed by Gecko.  Does this drive require a break-out board also?  I thought that feature was built-in to the Gecko board, so I do not have a break-out board in the system.

Might I have more than one problem(excluding a healthy amount of ignorance)?  It just doen't seem right to have power to the motor with the computer and Mach 3 unhooked.  I have 8-wire steppers.  They were originally wired parallel.  I re-wired the first one in discussion here, to series, just to double-check my wiring.  Grabbing at straws and pulling hair right now.  Any guidance would be appreciated, Thank you, Butch Castleberry

General Mach Discussion / Re: Looking for assistant LPT printer card
« on: April 26, 2009, 09:05:58 AM »
Thank you gentlemen for the replies.  The cards I have do have the Moschips on them,I will try the LPT adress change in device manager today.

Hood, Where would I find the port adress in Mach?
Thanks, Butch

General Mach Discussion / Looking for assistant LPT printer card
« on: April 25, 2009, 10:39:18 PM »
Hi, My name is Butch in San Antonio,Tx.  I have built my cnc router, have the motors mounted with drive couplings unhooked. I purchased a new PC runinng a clean registered version of Windows XP home edition.  The PC came without an LPT printer port card.  I went to Altex Electronics, a local comupter supply store and bought a card with the names NetMOS and Moschip on it.  It was supposed to provide IEEE and the EPP to make Mach talk to my Gecko G540 4-axis driver.

I loaded the card and driver and it will not allow me to get in to change my peripherals config from standard to EPP. I DID buy an IEEE cable to hook the two together.
Took the card out, returned it, got another one, same problem.
Could someone that has sucessfully started up their machine that is similar to mine above please share with me what brand of card you have or where to get one that will definately work with my set-up? Or am I doing something wrong(quite possible)  I have been trying to jog my "X" drive for a week and I am getting to the point of shoving this project in to the corner for a year.  I really do not want to do that.  I have been spending every spare minute and more for the last 6 months building this creature and I want to blow life into it. These cards mentioned above were made in China(duh).  I would like a really good card even if it costs $100.00 as long as it is quality stuff.  Any assistance would be appreciated more than you can know, Thanks, Butch

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