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General Mach Discussion / laptop use
« on: February 22, 2009, 12:09:34 PM »
I notice on the downloads page that there is now a statement saying laptops are not supported unless they have an external motion controller.

I have been running my Mach3 on a laptop for some time now using version 2.63. I always have the power cord connected so the laptop is not reliant on batteries. It always works OK. Sometimes I forget to switch the power socket on and it runs on batteries and it is only when the screen goes dark .... or worse blank..... under the power saving routine that I realise the power socket is off ...... and it still continues to operate. I switch the power on smartish though!

So why is the restriction now introduced on laptops?

Are the modern (last couple of years) model of laptops more prone to the power saving problems inferred by the reference to the chip set made in the statement?

General Mach Discussion / Re: Shuttle operation
« on: September 28, 2008, 05:57:32 AM »
After a nights sleep and a party ...... the shuttle works in normal jog mode, not MPG!! ..... Doh!!

General Mach Discussion / Re: Shuttle operation
« on: September 26, 2008, 10:41:39 AM »
An update having switched everything off and had a cup of tea!

The shuttle monitor window (part of the add on config software) is showing the buttons operating and the wheels operating.
But, no sign of Mach3 responding irrespective of mode selected in MPG. Shuttle lamp still flashing.


General Mach Discussion / Shuttle operation
« on: September 26, 2008, 09:33:49 AM »
I have bought a Shuttle Express and cannot get it to operate under Mach3. I have configured it using the add on config plug in and it is enabled. In the config set up the buttons have been set as X, Y, Z, A, and step and the setup selected as Express. I have then selected the MPG on the shuttle/jog window and selected CAL. This is where it starts to go wrong I think as the three steps for calibration do not recognise the shuttle movement and nothing is calculated. Windows XP has recognised the USB shuttle plugged in and reports it as available. Non of the buttons seem to select anything and the inner detente wheel and outer sprung wheel do nothing. The LED against the MPG continuously flashes. changing the Mode has no affect.

Offers of help on what to do would be appreciated please.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Feed rate problem
« on: October 25, 2007, 03:00:43 PM »
I agree with you, certainly whilst we have dedicated people such as yourself providing the answers to our problems.

Keep up the good work. I for one cannot recommend a better system.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Feed rate problem
« on: October 25, 2007, 02:16:39 PM »
Thanks Brett, that worked fine with the shuttle acceleration at 0.05

Not sure I understand the significance of the settings though. The manual is now a bit out of date with the system.

Alan  ;D

General Mach Discussion / Re: Feed rate problem
« on: October 25, 2007, 11:57:43 AM »
Brett, Yes that did fix it ....... but why? and what do I now do for backlash compensation?


General Mach Discussion / Feed rate problem
« on: October 25, 2007, 10:01:30 AM »
I have just upgraded to Mach 3 V 2.56 and I now have a peculiar feed rate problem.

On jogging the feed accelerates as normal to normal speed then immediately slows down considerably and then speeds up again to its normal speed. This occurs on all three axis. The feed rate DRO mirrors this happening.

I have not been able to ascertain if this change is present when actually cutting.

I am running latest updates to Windows XP and in all other respects the PC is the same as before the update to Mach 3.

Help please to put me right.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach 3 crashing !!
« on: December 17, 2006, 10:06:00 AM »

I have sent the file directly to you rather than post on the forum.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach 3 crashing !!
« on: December 16, 2006, 11:05:02 AM »
Mach 3 driver is fine. so is Mach3 since I corrected the G code that causes the crash. ( see post earlier)

As it happens I do have a wireless link on the laptop running Mach 3 and on the tower PC that runs it and it does not interfer with Mach 3 at all so I have found so far.


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