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General Mach Discussion / mdi or g-codes making things screwy
« on: March 18, 2015, 09:53:03 AM »
new install of mach and ss on a dell optiplex 755 win7pro, calibration went fine x,y,z. went to mdi type in G1 X-1 F20 or y,z same they move -1
great. i put in mdi program from mach to check for step loss, say Z-2 50 times - it will not stop moving have to e-stop. hit goto 0 it goes
back to 0 then i move axes -1 with key board or machs screen pendent dro reads - 0.1156 +/- not same every time. re start mach, back to
were i started. tried loading a simple g-code from cad or machs wizards screws up again.   
   

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HI LEE, THE FILE VS2005-VS2008 WORKS GRATE. THANKS JIM

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HI LEE, NO DLL IN PLUGINS ONLY  M3P. TRIDED TO REDOWNLOAD NO RUN ,ONLY SAVE FILE. I AM RUNNING XP (SP3) ON A TOSHIBA SATELLITE PRO LAPTOP. IS THE LAPTOP THE PROBLEM? CAN YOU E-MAIL ME THE DLL? THANKS JWC

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I INSTALLED XBOX 360 CD. WINDOWS SEES IT OK. UPDATED DIRECTX 9.0C . DOWNLOADED PLUGIN. IN MACH3/PUGINS THE FULDER IS THERE. GO TO CONFIGER PLUGINS NO XBOX 360 PROGRAM.  :(

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The following is a general explanation for those who have basic questions about the XBox360 Controller.  If you are considering the XBox360 Controller plugin, hopefully, you will find this information useful.
Answers to questions I received:
1.       Microsoft makes an “Xbox360 Controller for Windows” as well as a plain Xbox360 controller.  They also make a wireless version.  They are really the same controller.  The difference is the adapters they ship with the product.  The Xbox360 controller for Windows comes with a USB adapter.  I have included some EBay pictures below.  You want to get a Microsoft brand not a Logitech or anybody else’s version.
2.       If you have an Xbox 360 you can use the wireless controller but you need to buy the little rectangular transmitter shown in the wireless pictures below.  You can find those on Ebay also.  Microsoft makes a Wireless Charger for the Xbox 360 controller.  It has a USB end.  You do not want to use that one on a pc.   It is only for use on the Xbox 360.  You cannot use an older Xbox controller.  It has to be 360.
3.       It will work off of any pc that has a USB port and can run XP or higher.
4.       It can control the jogging of all 4 axes.  The buttons can be assigned to macros.  It is a lot easier than pushing the buttons on the keyboard to jog.
5.       If you go to the Mach site and pick ”Plugins” under the “Downloads” choice.  Then go to the bottom and pick the plugin.  Also pick the setup guide.  It will give you all the info you need.  Click on the plugin and it will install itself.  All it really does is copy a file “Xbox360Controller.DLL” into the C:\Mach3\Plugins folder.  You can do the same thing by going to Lee’s files and downloading the Zip file and then unzipping it and then copying it into C:\Mach3\Plugins.
6.        Click on the blue “DirectX redistributables” link to go to Microsoft’s site.  Download and install the redistributable (even if you are running Vista or Win 7). After installing the download, you can connect the Xbox360 controller (if you are connected to the Internet) and then allow the pc to go on the net and find the driver.  If you are not connected to the net then download the “Xbox360_32Eng.exe” file and run it.  Then connect the Controller.
7.       It does not hurt to install the “DirectX redistributable” even if you do not have a 360 controller.

Thank you.
Lee

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