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Can any one help me with this, I would appreciate it.
General Info: I have 3 Axis Milling using PCI Serial Parallel port going to a CNC4PC Break Out Board C11 Multifunction V9.6, using Mach3 V3.043.066.
I had a perfectly running system using Windows XP, then my Mother Board died and I upgraded to Windows 8.1 Pro with a 4.00 GHz processor, 16 GB RAM, using a 32-bit system.

I understand the Mach3 is operational up to Windows 7. I have downloaded the Mach3 V3.043.066 then made it compatible with (tried XP, Vista & Windows 7) then ran the program with each compatible option. The PCI has a current driver and says it's functioning correctly and is unplugged to the CNC.
Each time I try to install the program, it wants to install the PCI Parallel driver. At this time I always get "System Thread Exception not Handled" and then reboots the computer. So, my install is not installed correctly or completely & the Driver Test will not open. When the Parallel cord is attached, nothing is connecting even with the all the ports and pins configurations optioned as before.

Does any one have any ideas on what to try...  A bit frustrated at losing my XP.

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Ok, I am a newbe and this is my first posting but, I don't know why this is happening. I am familiar with programming and learning G code and Mach3. I have only had the CNC machine (Shark Pro) for about six months. I have upgrade my controller to a CNC4pc - C11 V9.3
I am using XP, 3gig CPU with 4gig Ram. Using Mach3 Ver. R3.042.040.

This is the problem; I am programming one of my buttons for Auto Centering and Zeroing.
The program is working properly with all the G4 codes in it. Now at the beginning I am writing a continuity test section and any G4, M30 or M1 (M1 button is optioned on) they are ignored, yet they work inside the program. I have loaded it with different screens, both 1024.set and others and it makes no difference. Beat me with a rock, but I just don’t see why they are ignored.

Here is a part of the program; the new section makes you test for continuity before centering, it ignores the G4 & M commands. This section is above the dashed lines. When running the program all I will see is the " ** NO Continuity **"  in the Status Bar, a slight pause of about 1.5 sec then it runs the below program. The computer runs to fast for the " **** TEST CONTINUITY ****" to be seen in the Status Bar with out a pause. The new section is being saved, when I re-open the "edit button script" is does show it saved.

Rem   Test To make sure spindle is grounded And continuity exist
Code "( **** TEST CONTINUITY ****)"   'print in Status Bar
        Code "G4 P1.5"                      'Pause to read Status Bar
             
If GetOemLed (825) <> 0 Then           'check for continuity test
        Code "( CONTACT TESTED OK)"   'print in Status Bar
        Code "G4 P1.5"                 'pause to read Status Bar
        Code "( Place CENTER TOOL then RESTART)"      'print in Status Bar
        Code "M1"                         'stop program until RESTART is Pressed   
Else                               'if no continuity then
    Code "( ** NO Continuity **)"    'print in Status Bar
        Code "M30"                         'stop program and rewind from start   
End If                       'End If statement
Code "M1"                                          'Wait to align the ring then restart

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(This section works OK and sees the G4 code)
Rem   Centering Spindle In center of tube
If GetOemLed (825) <> 0 Then       'Check to see if the probe is already grounded or faulty
   Code "(Probe plate is grounded, check connection and try again)"
Else
   FeedCurrent = GetOemDRO(818)    'Get the current Feed Rate settings to reset later
   XCurrent = GetDro(0)
   YCurrent = GetDro(1)

Rem   Move Z down into ring      'move probe into ring
   Code "F8"                 'change feed rate to moderate speed 8 IPM
   ZNew = ZCurrent - .75      'set Z distance for down .75 inch
   Code "G31 Z" &ZNew      'move Z down .5 inch
   While IsMoving()              'wait for probe to finish moving
   Wend                    'end wait command
   
Rem   If Probe touches Ring On the way down Then go back up
        If GetOemLed (825) <> 0 Then   'if probe touches Auto Zero ring then
      ZNew = GetDro(2) + .25   'probe move to current Z + .25 inches if touches plate on the way down
      Code "G0 Z" &ZNew      'move Z down at 2 IPM
      While IsMoving()      'wait for probe to finish moving
      Wend            'end wait command
      Code "G4 P5.0"              'Pause for 5 seconds to re-align ring before it tries again  (this Works OK)
      Code "F8"         'change feed rate to moderate speed 8 IPM
      ZNew = GetDro(2) - .5   'probe move to current Z - .5 inches
      Code "G31 Z" &ZNew      'move Z down .5 inch
      While IsMoving()      'wait for probe to finish moving
      Wend            'end wait command
     End If            'end if statement

Any Ideas or am I just blind and missing something stupid...
Lyle

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