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General Mach Discussion / How to setup MACH3 for dual parallel port
« on: October 09, 2016, 02:56:28 PM »
Hi - I'm new to CNC and could use some help getting this machine going.

My specific question is - connecting PC parallel ports from PC to machine - does it matter which one is connected where?  Or just connect them and then configure in MACH3 settings?

The machine is a Light Machines 2000 and it was previously retrofitted with Gecko G320X-DC drivers, a Sound Logic BOB, and Mach3 that was connected from PC to machine by 2 parallel ports and all was good per PO.  The did not have the PC at the time i purchased.

I have build a PC, installed MACH3, the PC has one parallel port on the mainboard IO panel and it has a second parallel port on the PCI parallel port adapter card  (that was on the previous PC that ran this machine). I am running on Windows XP.

I have read the MACH3 manual where it states 2 parallel ports can be used, but there is no documentation on connecting parallel ports to the BOB or other interface or which parallel port to use for which - or does it matter.  The first parallel port in the pictures goes to the pendant, the other two are the 50/50 guess.

Can anyone point me in the right direction big picture of things i may need to think about, perhaps advice on connecting the parallel ports or if there is a good thread or tutorial to shed light on this.


Paul G

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