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General Mach Discussion / Motors will lock but will not turn
« on: June 23, 2015, 02:05:49 AM »
I have purchased a Joes 2006 with a Hobby CNC motor controller.  I had a Windows 7/64 bit computer that I know will not work with Mach 3.  I installed a hard drive, loaded XP (sp3) and I added a parallel port card.

I have completed a successful Test Drive and Mach 3 says it is in control.

I have found the correct pin configuration for my motors (X2,3, y4,5, z6,7) and I have LPT1 communicating (I can reset the estop and it will stop blinking.)

I cannot get it to run...the motors are loaded (wont turn by hand) and getting warm and if I pull the parallel cable or turn off the computer I do get a distinct clunk from the CNC.  I have tried entering Gcode directly also.

This machine did work successfully on an older XP machine (person I bought it from).

Is the computer having a 64 bit processor, even though it is running XP, my issue? 

If I purchase MACH4, and use the parallel port plug in, should that work on my computer?  I understand it will be slow and I will  need to either get a new motor controller or purchase the smooth stepper but I really just want to make it run a little and then I wlill go for perfomance.

Thanks

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