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General Mach Discussion / Setup problem
« on: June 12, 2008, 01:05:12 AM »
Hi All,

I've searched the threads but haven't found a similar situation to what I'm encountering.

For the last 7 years or so I've been using CNCPro on an ancient laptop to drive my Dan Mouch Camtronics stepper controllers. I decided to upgrade to a real desktop so I could do CAD and CAM on the same machine.

I downloaded the Mach3 demo and set up the ports just as they were set up in CNCpro. I also went to Motor Control and set up the correct number of steps to match the CNCpro setup info. What I end up with is a Z-axis that works... kind of... sometimes..., and no X or Y axis. When I plug the serial cable back into my laptop, everything works fine.

One thing I noticed in the CNCpro settings was a setting for X Y and Z Positive Direction, either HIGH or LOW. I couldn't find an analog in Mach3... am I missing something? Also, why does only my Z axis work (very "chatter"y, but I think I can even out the motor via the settings) and I get nothing from X and Y? I've double checked my port assignments and they're all OK.

I must be missing something... any thoughts? I really want this to work... looks like a great CAM solution for my small hobby shop.

Thanks,
Jeff

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