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General Mach Discussion / Re: new pc and Mach 3
« on: March 20, 2013, 08:15:19 AM »
Hi Nick thanks for the reply yes the parallel port driver did install , I am using xp. On my old pc I could find the EPP in the Bios but not with this new PC ( motherboard ) I will see if I can get a picture of the BIOS and post it on this forum . I am still trying to get it working , I have read on this forum about a c26  breakout board that worked for someone else that has the same issue as me. My new express multi i/o card has 3 rows female pins on the connector, it came with a parallel cable with 3 rows one end and 2 rows the other.


General Mach Discussion / new pc and Mach 3
« on: March 16, 2013, 08:32:53 PM »
please Help, i have a x3 mill with gecko g540 my old pc went to heaven got a new pc cant get mach 3 to work this is what is in the new pc skymaster PCI-E Dual RS232 + printer port card,seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200rpm sata 111 6gb/s3.5,  Kingston 4g(2x2G)ddr3 1600 MHZcl9 Hyper,intel BX80637133220 corei3 3220/3.30GHZ/3 MB, Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H MB, Intel H77 chipset .If my cnc control is on when i boot up the PC A couple of clicks and the motors start to buzz as normal ,in diagnostics none of my limit switches are working ,when i press home all, the z dros move but not the motors. I have downloaded the xml file and the g540 file still no motor action . with this new PC I dont know how to check to see if my paralell port  is EPP . Any hints ??   ??? ???

General Mach Discussion / Re: Home/limits settings
« on: November 12, 2012, 05:23:21 AM »
Hi Hood,
I got home late and had another look at mach3  x is red y & z are green and 4 is green ,in diagnostics I press ref y it zeros ref z it zeros ref x wont zero but x will move until the limit switch is enabled and I get e stop request .
When you suggested a 500 on the debounce is that the one in general config  ( debounce interval or debounce Index) . As I said before I am new at  mach 3 or any cnc program for that matter, when I press machine coords button all the dros go to zero except the x . I had to fiddle around a bit to get y z and 4 green , I closed down mach 3 reopen it and the axis x y z and 4 were red again , to be honest I have got no idea but on the weekend ( if the cheese and kisses allows) i will spend  most of the day on it to get my head around it all or some of it, with trial and error  to me its not easy , ( if you have had no experience with this type of thing ) i may not be the sharpest tool in the shed but between you and I we will get there.!!!!! Thanks again Hood I will keep you up to date.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Home/limits settings
« on: November 11, 2012, 05:02:13 PM »
Thanks for the reply Hood ,
I am about to head out to work I will try that tonight or during the day in between jobs I will let you know. I must add when the switches are activated I get an emergency e stop situation.

regards Brian

General Mach Discussion / Home/limits settings
« on: November 10, 2012, 06:17:28 PM »
Hi all ,
 Just joined this forum and I need help badly , I have converted my x3 mill to cnc using fusion kit etc, I am using a G540 and nema motors purchased from Peter Homann Designs   and all axis move ok , I have mounted x+ - y+ -  and z + switches and checked these for home as well , my problem is in diagnostics all switches work ok , I have also checked auto limit overRide Limits when I ref an axis it travels to the switch and stops wont back off , all limit switches are in series to ground all wired as per Homann diagram . I am very new to cnc and Mach 3 Any help would be greatly appreciated .  
 Thanks Brian  ???

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